My friend Justin Schutz referred me to a tribute video for Tina Turner’s birthday.
it is a tribute video from John Varty and I think it is great.
John Varty is a South African wildlife filmmaker. John is also leading a project which aims to create a free-ranging, self-sustaining tiger population in Africa, Londolozi.
This is what he wrote about Tina Turner:
“Simply the Best
Better than All the Rest”
When I met Tina, she has just separated from her abusive husband, Ike Turner.
Tina had lost her career, her fame and was flat broke. So desperate was she, that the only gig she could get, was in apartheid South Africa. (anti-apartheid protestors would later demonstrate outside her concerts). I remember one concert where barely 30 people pitched up to see her perform.
Tina’s response to her situation, was to embrace Buddhism. (Buddhism is one of the few religions that has a reverence for the natural world)
At Londolozi she found peace in a beautiful wild place. Close to nature and using her Buddhist beliefs, she was able to slowly restore herself.
Tina told me that one day she would once again perform in front of 60,000 people. (I was dubious) Her prediction has come to pass. At the age of 70, Tina has once again gone out onstage in front of 60,000 screaming fans.
Tina has become one of the greatest inspirations in my life. I saw her when she was down and out and I see her now in her 70’s strong, beautiful and full of energy. A force of nature indeed!!
The one word I would use to describe Tina, would be “Survivor”
And here is the video. Enjoy! 😀 And thanks Justin!
And another nice video from the TT Heritage Days, broadcasted by the Luisa Marshall Show. With interviews with Tina’s former classmates.