The Story Behind Brian Mc Farlane’s ‘Africa’
The tale of Manzandaba and Zenele is an African folk tale from the Zulu tribe. I had read it a long time ago.
When Brian Mc Farlane asked me to write the story of ‘Africa, Her People, Her Glory, Her Tears’ I used their story as a base.
The idea of a Zulu woman setting out on this big journey to bring stories back to her village tied in nicely to Brian’s idea of focusing on ‘Africa’ as the motherland and the cradle of the universe.
I embellished the folk tale quite heavily. The meeting with the Spirit People (to represent the King and the Queen of the Band) is all new, and Manzandaba looking into the water to receive the vision of the scourge (HIV Aids) was also freshly written. I saw it as a perfect way to link Brian’s portrayal of the millions of children made orphans in Africa because both parents have been killed by the disease.
Someone asked me why didn’t the King and the Queen say something when they were presented with the vision of what was coming but the solutions are clearly not easy. An answer would have seemed trite.