I’m spoiled indeed to have my concert grand pedal harp with me here in Africa.  It came in a container of medical supplies in 2019, and I’ve played it daily ever since.  My 6:00 am routine of tuning, two hymns, an exercise, and then Classical music practice takes only about 20-25 minutes, but over the past two years, I’ve worked up a repertoire for a full Classical harp recital which is scheduled for this coming Saturday.

As far as I know, this might be the first-ever Classical harp recital in this country!  Not only the instrument but also the Classical genre in general is a novelty for the locals I’ve invited, who are eager to experience it firsthand.  Expatriates who recognize the rarity of this type of cultural event are looking forward to attending as well.  I will treat them all to works by Handel, Mendelssohn, Chopin, and Debussy.

Last year, the harp began making a clicking sound with the movement of one of the pedals.  A world away from harp technicians, I took advantage of modern technology to consult with one long-distance.  Before I made time to take his recommendations, the clicking sound disappeared, only to reappear this year.  So this week, I asked our organization’s trusted mechanic to help me implement the technician’s suggestions.  None of them resolved the issue, but at least we didn’t damage the harp in the process.  The mechanic plans to bring a wrench and screwdriver another day to ensure the harp’s bolts and screws are sufficiently tight.

For any who would care to travel to Africa to witness the possibly historic event, my Classical harp recital is at 3pm on Saturday at my house.  It’s free and open to the public, so come one, come all!

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