Nicola Holden Designs – Contemporary Interior Designer, London.

Saturday started off with a bang at the Swedish Christmas Fair – a compulsory date in the diary for all the London based Swedes – one of whom is my partner’s mother.  The Swedish Church, where the Fair is held, contained a veritable smorgasbord of Scandinavian treats – from Swedish delicacies such as rose hip soup and pickled herrings to fabulous handmade wooden decorations, all very red and festive – and of course plenty of candles to light up these dark northern hemisphere evenings.  All of this was washed down with a much needed glass of glögg (their turbo-charged version of mulled wine)!

Then, it was on to the Barbican Centre to see ‘Mama Africa’, a tribute to Miriam Makeba, curated and presented by Angelique Kidjo.  I have seen Angelique a few times before, and she has an amazing voice and brings such energy to her performances.  This was a refreshing and much needed dose of African to my blood – great fun.  I’ve attached a clip of Angelique’s version of the song ‘Malaika’ meaning Angel in Swahili, as this is such a beautiful song, and as Angelique sang it on Saturday night I could feel the tears pricking my eyes.

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