Charlie Simpson collaborates with African Bushmen to make good music

This is absolutely beautiful… MUST WATCH-Charlie Simpson – Walking With The San

Posted by We African Nations on Thursday, January 28, 2016

Former Busted pop sensation Charlie Simpson has introduced an African tribe to pop music. The medicine man is short, wiry and naked except for an animal skin loincloth. He is wide-eyed and seems to be in a trance, as he taps a wooden stick into the dusty ground.

Behind him a row of women clap in time and sing in a high-pitched chanting. These are the San people, descendants of the oldest humans on Earth, and the dance is taking place in the village of Grashoek on the north-eastern tip of Namibia.

It is a scene that could have taken place any time in the past 20,000 years except for the presence of one man. He towers over the tribesfolk; he is white and wearing a blindingly white shirt and blue jeans. He is Charlie Simpson – once the lead singer of teen pop phenomenon Busted.

He was there because he was taking part in a new television series that is either inspiringly original or something Alan Partridge would dismiss as too ridiculous. The show, Singing in the Rainforest, takes singers to meet remote tribes who have never been exposed to pop music. The pop star and the tribe have a week to create a song that combines both their musical styles.

Among those who agreed to the challenge were Myleene Klass and Shuan Ryder and Bez from the Happy Mondays.

Busted had four number one singles and sold four million records but while his former bandmates have revisited old glories by teaming up with members of boyband McFly, Charlie was keen to challenge himself. “I want to do this because things can just get a bit safe sometimes,’’ Charlie told me before setting off for Africa. “The idea of putting myself into a position where I am totally out of my comfort zone is exciting.”

Charlie certainly looked out of his comfort zone as the medicine man rubbed charcoal below his nose – an ancient ritual to ward off evil spirits – but he also looked a little like Adolf Hitler. After the welcoming ceremony Charlie and his musician friend Alex were shown around the village that would be their home for the next five days.Facilities were basic with army-style tents to sleep in and food to be cooked on an open fire.

This article was taken from Telegraph.co.uk, To read the rest of the article please visit Telegraph.co.uk

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