I feel honored that I inspired with my non-language experiment (first step) the singer Carla J. Patterson to go back consequently the path to the African roots of blues music. She added her vocals in Swahili.
“Carla unchained” commented herself:
Star In My Sky (Swahili: Nyota katika anga yangu)
“I studied Swahili and east Africa years ago and this idea of yours got me thinking in Swahili again! So here’s my little song built on your piece – generally, it means: My love, my friend, Star in my sky, you are the light that gives me hope/My night vision, you are the one who helps me live / My love, thank you! My friend, thank you! My good husband and strong partner in this life – etc. (lots of thank yous!)…”
the photo above is a detail = the wooden head of an African king’s stick – you can see that below as a bed-post in my African room (a cmera man made an interview introducing me as a writer – video fragment below, scroll down):
work in progress at
Carla J. Patterson is my flashback to Miriam Makeba or Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Wonderful post. I loved that piece of music and the statue is fantastic. Congrats on being introduced on TV as a writer, is that not too cool!
So glad people are enjoying this… it was super fun to do. Thanks, Frizz, as always – YOU are an inspiring personality to me. 😉
More please! This is wonderful and I’d like to hear more from Carla! Miriam Makeba was also a favourite of mine.
What magic you are all making, Brilliant Frizz and fantastic vocals from Carl J Patterson. And lovely to see the late, great Miriam Makeba. What a voice and spirit that woman had
Great tribute Dietmar~!!!
perfect combo…both voices!
Thanks for this lovely tribute…
A wonderful collaborative effort! Carla has a great voice and you sound great together!
Could you post a version without the back voices, just with the solo singer and the guitar….I love minimalism :p