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Pass over the passion!

It's a week since Easter weekend and we're all back into the swing of things! I hope your weekend was good!

I am still reminiscent of it though, because I did so many things and at the heart of it there was just so much love and a message of good news for everyone, irrespective of religion, etcetera.
So here was what I did:
Thursday night, Brenda, a good longtime friend and I watched a musical called African Passion. It was the story of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection told from an African perspective. The full gospel choir from Mitchell's Plain was great and the amazing singing of the chorus line who sounded just like Ladysmith Black Mambazo was just fab! Too bad the show only ran during Easter!
Early Friday morning (at 1am, after the show) I made pickled fish - it's a Cape recipe consisting of fish, onions, vinegar, and spices. We eat it with hot cross buns. Check out a pickled fish recipe here and try it yourself: http://www.capetownmagazine.com/recipe-pickled-fish
The rest of Friday I spent eating the pickled fish, reading, and sleeping. My sister left on Thursday for a gig in Worcester, so I was alone at home for the whole of Easter. 
On Saturday morning I visited my uncle and also got some yummy ice-cream. Saturday afternoon I gigged at my very good friends 60th party. It was great to be a part of the celebration of someone's life who is truly an amazing man. He is my spiritual mentor - he gives really good advice! 
Saturday evening I did a collaboration with Kurteez, a spoken word rap artist. We basically took Lights and added some spoken word to it - it was great! I still have to check out the video, and will post it to the website. Here are some pictures of the performance: http://danielcrossing.com/photo__zero21_ctv_exposure/ 
And the weekend got even better. On Sunday evening I sang as a tenor in the Cape Philharmonia choir. Handel's Messiah is a powerful testament of Christ's redemtive work. Every song is a passage in scripture - which is powerful in itself. My favourite song is the last song ("Worthy is the Lamb that was slain"), where the scripture from Revelation 5: 12-13 reads 
"Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. Blessing, and honour, glory and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. Amen."
Here is a rendition of the song I found on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eY_4iGel14
I have many other favourites of course, such as Hallelujah - especially the part that says "The kingdom of the world, is become, the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ! Here is a flashmob version of Hallelujah, that the Cape Philharmonia choir did a few weeks ago at Cavendish Square mall in Cape Town. See if you can spot me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eY_4iGel14
Monday was family day, my sister-in-law and I braaied some chops, chicken and wors ("braaied" is the Afrikaans word for barbecued and "wors" for sausage). The rest of the family were chilling because they were tired from watching Messiah the previous night. Then my sister and I headed out to the movies and watched Bruce Willis' "A Good Day to Die Hard" - that sure is one way to spend the day Bruce!
Well, I hope you enjoyed my update and got some inspiration to make pickled fish :).

It's a week since Easter weekend and we're all back into the swing of things! I hope your weekend was good! I am still reminiscent of it, because of the many things that occurred, and because at the heart of it there was just so much love and a message of good news for everyone, irrespective of religion, etcetera.

So here's my story:

Thursday night, Brenda, a good long-time friend and I watched a musical called African Passion. It was the story of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection told from an African perspective. The full gospel choir from Mitchell's Plain was great and the amazing singing of the chorus line who sounded just like Ladysmith Black Mambazo was just fab! Too bad the show only ran during Easter! Thanks to Brenda for inviting me!


Early Friday morning (at 1am, after the show) I made pickled fish (that's not my picture below) - it's a Cape recipe consisting of fish, onions, vinegar, and spices. We eat it with hot cross buns. Check out a pickled fish recipe here, and try it for yourself: http://www.capetownmagazine.com/recipe-pickled-fish

The rest of Friday I spent eating the pickled fish, reading, and sleeping. My sister left on Thursday for a gig in Worcester, so it was just me and the pickled fish spending some time together.


On Saturday morning I visited my uncle and took him some pickled fish - he loves it - and I also got some yummy ice-cream. Saturday afternoon I gigged at my very good friends 60th birthday party. It was great to be a part of the celebration of someone's life who is truly an amazing man. He is my mentor - he gives really good advice! 

Saturday evening I did a collaboration with Kurteez, a spoken word rap artist. We took Lights and added some rap lyrics to it - it was great! Kurteez is an amazing artist! The video is not yet ready, but here are some pictures of the performance: http://danielcrossing.com/photo__zero21_ctv_exposure/ 

And the weekend got even better! On Sunday evening I sang as a tenor in the Cape Philharmonia choir. Handel's Messiah is a powerful testament of Christ's redemptive work. Every song is a passage in scripture - which is powerful in itself. My favourite song is the last song ("Worthy is the Lamb that was slain"), where the scripture from Revelation 5: 12-13 reads 

"Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. Blessing, and honour, glory and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. Amen."

Here is a rendition of the song from youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eY_4iGel14

I have many other favourites of course, such as Hallelujah - especially the part that says "The kingdom of the world, is become, the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ!" Here is a flashmob version of Hallelujah, that the Cape Philharmonia choir did a few weeks ago at Cavendish Square mall in Cape Town. See if you can spot me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSrKnMeiw4Y&feature=share

Here is a picture of the Messiah performance on Sunday - check out the organ!


Monday was family day, my sister-in-law and I braaied some chops, chicken and wors ("braaied" is the Afrikaans word for barbecued and "wors" for sausage, and the picture below is an example). The rest of the family were chilling because they were tired from watching Messiah the previous night. Then my sister and I headed out to the movies and watched Bruce Willis' "A Good Day to Die Hard" - that sure is one way to spend the day Bruce!


And that's it - a good weekend spent with good people spreading good news!

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