Peter Sarstedt Sings for Conservation in South Africa

by Naomi on September 1, 2010

in Bulletin Board, Wildlife

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Isn’t it stunning to come across a celebrity with a big heart? No wonder the words ‘Where do you go to, my lovely’, sung from that heart, touched so many. The Number 1 hit single of Feb 1969, which topped the British charts for 6 weeks, and reached # 1 in 14 more countries, is as familiar today – over 40 years later! This composition earned Peter Sarstedt the coveted Ivor Novello Award for Best Song 1969/1970. No surprise really that it’s also the theme song for a recent movie by Wes Anderson, ‘The Darjeeling Limited‘.

Some offerings of the soul are simply timeless, like this musician‘s attitude to conservation. His ‘Green Alphabet’ song explores urgent environmental issues. Another, ‘Hemmingway’, expresses passion for Africa, while deploring the ease with which nature’s beauty can be lost. Peter Sarstedt’s signature works are born of an era when folk singing raised awareness and protested injustice, captivating the world and initiating change.

Not for the first time, his reach is extending here to South Africa, where he’ll be singing this month. His ‘green music’ does more than entertain. It promotes sustainable improvement of our planet. He will be performing ‘Save the Rhino’ to assist with the plight of these threatened creatures. In conjunction with Sappi Ltd., dedicated environmental supporter, his visit will benefit additional causes, such as The Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre, Birdlife SA and The Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, among a number of others.

To give you an idea of these Gardens, above is a pic of their spectacular waterfall, and here are two of the majestic residents that nest near the top:

BLACK EAGLE ON NEST - Roodekrans, Johannesburg, South Africa

BLACK EAGLE - Roodekrans, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Gardens will be celebrating 10 years of Sappi Sunday Picnic Concerts on 12 September. With Peter’s help, since he’ll be appearing as a guest artist on the Mathys Roets programme. He will also host ‘singer songwriter‘ workshops for aspiring musicians, in line with his and Sappi’s upliftment of this art in South Africa.

Andre Oberholzer, Group Head Corporate Affairs at Sappi Ltd, says that they ‘invited Peter back to South Africa to add a new dimension to our long-standing support for the arts, community development and conservation.’ How fabulous for this country!

Shows are scheduled for Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Cape Town and Franschhoek. For details, go to: 702 Talk Radio.

To wrap up, here’s a video of Peter Sarstedt’s ‘Lovely’ song:

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

cindy September 1, 2010 at 8:17 am

Thanks for letting us know about this, Naomi. Well done to Mr Sarstedt, and to Dave for his pro bono work!


theonlycin September 1, 2010 at 9:50 am

Congrats Naomi, your blog is a finalist in the SA Blog Awards 2010.


Naomi September 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm

THANK YOU, Cindy!! We’re delighted to be on the list, thanks first and foremost to you and Nancy! But I’m surprised and disappointed not to find you there, where I’d expect you to be. Perhaps because your blog is relatively new. For certain next year.

Still figuring out the gallery thing. It appears we can’t include one with separate images, so I’ve split this post. Also, I encountered your image upload problem last night, posting to Africa on The Blog. It seems that the theme may be reason for the downgraded images, unless there’s something in the blog’s settings. I’m going to query with support and let you know what they say.

BTW, Ida is looking for more contributors to Africa on the Blog ( ) and I know you’d be most welcome…what do you say?


souldipper September 1, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Enjoyed hearing the song again and was especially struck by the style of dancing. We really were a calm, placid bunch…


Naomi September 2, 2010 at 8:49 am

To believe or not to believe…what happens on tour stays on tour?


souldipper September 2, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Aha, you wicked woman. Someone had to coax the unleashing of rhythmn in other non-S. Africans.


Naomi September 5, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Hehe, thanks Amy πŸ™‚ Still love that old song…


Tokeloshe September 24, 2010 at 3:25 am

Great post!

Loved the song πŸ˜‰


Naomi September 24, 2010 at 9:18 am

Thanks so much…amazing how timeless some songs are πŸ™‚


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