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2009 was an adrenaline-fuelled year, for one reason or another. It was great to experience the adrenaline for it's 'fight or flight' purpose and not just for fear of leaving the house...*!* being close to the lions in Johannesburg at the end of last year was the perfect antidote for that. I went for 4 days - all the budget would allow. Worth every penny.

I wrote this song a few years ago & the painting came soon after. Prompted by vivid dreams. I was delighted to discover Rodney Nombekana's photos of Kev & Meg in the water back in March, it felt like the painting & music were coming to life.

Guitars: Noko 440

Painting, Music & Photography
www.gaynorperry.com

Written, performed & produced © Gaynor Perry

There's a film, www.whitelionthemovie.com, which should be well worth watching. At the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS) White Lion was nominated for several awards including Best Cinematography /DOP in a feature film (Michael Swan), Best Music Composition in a feature film (Phillip Miller) and Best Sound Design in a feature film (Ivan Millborrow, Nicky De Beer and Charlotte Buys). The film won all the categories it was nominated for.

"According to the legend of the Shangaan, white lions are the messengers of the gods, but it has been years since one has been seen in their remote African valley. When a white lion is miraculously born into that valley, a young Shangaan named Gisani, finds himself destined to protect this rare and magnificent creature at all costs. This young lion, whom will be known as Letsatsi, is cast from his pride and forced to embark upon a perilous journey of survival."

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