Hello, my name is NALA!
I am 8 years old and I live in a small village near Cape Town in South Africa.
While hanging up my daddy’s pink underwear on the line, during my domestic chores, I noticed the mountains in the background. They were shimmering a beautiful crimson pink at sunset.
I am curious about these majestic mountains and I would like to find out what lies beyond them. I have now decided that it is time to start my journey to satisfy my curiosity.
I shall share my experiences of the adventures, people and animals that I meet on this journey, if you visit me here on this website from time to time.
I hope your curiosity has been activated… and that I see you here soon.
PS: see my full story below
NALA is a 8 years old african girl who is growing up in a small village near Cape Town, South Africa. NALA has a Mother, a Father and two Brothers. She is the only girl in the family
The story began when NALA was 6 Years old, and that was the age when she started to help the mother in the house to do the domestic works. (washing of clothes and dishes, cleaning the house, shopping of groceries and sometimes cooking) while her brother can enjoy the free time outside with friends when he came back from school ( playing football, cycling and having fun )
NALA is not allowed to visit the school because of her domestic work, but she like to go to the school, to learn, to explore, to be educated. Her mother said, “you can learn to cook, clean and wash clothes, that’s enough”
One day, after NALA was outside hanging clothes on the washing line, she saw the mountains at the horizon and she was wondering what´s behind them. She was dreaming and in her dreams she was sit on a bicycle to explore the world behind the mountains.
The dream stops when she heard her mother screaming “Naaaaallllaaaaaa”!!!
NALA and the mountains..., and from this time she was wishing to and that’s made her also sad, because she have never the chance to travel behind them, until she met a little bird, and the bird ask NALA "why you are so sad "?,
and NALA told him her story.
The bird said. If this is your dream to see the world behind the mountains, than you have to leave home. Listen to your heart and follow your dreams !!
NALA was thinking and she more think what the bird said, she more was curious to explore the “other world”
One day, she started escaping from home.
She got a lift with an old ambulance to a place called chicken country. She met many nice people, animals and she saw beautiful landscapes.
On a farm in the ostrich land she met a old farmer and he gave her an old purple bicycle and from this time she cycled almost every day.
See the NALA Artworks and you know how far she cycled. Last Time in August 2014 when I updated this side, she was in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania after 12.300 km of cycling.
First, I love to introduce my friend André Pilz.
He is Artist, and creative Head of this Project. André is situated in Cape Town, and that is where I met him.
André´s big dreams is, to see the Singer(Band) SADE, live in concert,
because he listens since 25 years to their music.
She inspired him many times during his creative painting works.
Again and again he catches himself checking surfing the Internet to search concerts of SADE, but nothing, no concert in reach.
After André found out, that SADE is touring in Europe and he could not
be present, he took in full sadness, pencil and a paper and started scribbling on it. During the drawings, SADE´s Song “Sally” was playing in the radio and suddenly a little face was watching at him, and as he continued drawing, a dress, 2 arms and 2 bambi-eyes were looking at him.
umm, well… so I was created..
Full of devotion, André took a brush and some paint and painted me on a piece of canvas. Well, there I was, painted but still dumb and nameless.
My Painting was hanging on his wall and became marvel and every time when somebody asked about the painting, André was telling the story and the developing of the following project.
André ask all his friends for help to find a name for me.
A lot of friends came up with interesting names, but non of the names seemed to right, but Elvira, a good friend told abrupt “NALA” a part of his pseudonym NAWALA.
Well, I was born…. NALA
Copyright © 2012-2014 by André Pilz, All rights reserved.
latest update: 16.September 2018
NALA International ART Exhibition in Kassel, Germany
Vernissage: 4.Oktober 2018 ab 19.00 Uhr
Kaffeerösterei Kühn & Carter, Lilienthalstr. 1, 34123 Kassel.
Hiermit laden wir dich zu einer neuen NALA Kunstausstellung ein, die diesmal in Kassel stattfindet. Gezeigt werden NALA Kunstwerke aus 13 Afrikanischen Ländern, sowie der Schweiz und Deutschland. Neben der Kunst, wird ein kleiner Beitrag der 16000 km Fahrrad-reise von Kapstadt nach Kenia gezeigt.
Lasst euch überraschen und bleibt neugierig.
Wir sehen uns zur Vernissage am 4.Oktober 2018 ab 19.00 Uhr
Kaffeerösterei Kühn und Carter, Lilienthalstrasse 1, 34123 Kassel. Die Ausstellung geht bis zum 21.Oktober 2018.
በዚህ ጊዜ በኪሰል ውስጥ የተካሄደውን አዲስ የ NALA ስነ-ጥበብ ኤግዚቢሽን ይጋብዙዎታል. በ 13 የአፍሪካ አገራት እንዲሁም በስዊዘርላንድ እና ጀርመን የ NALA የስነ ጥበብ ስራዎች ናቸው. ከኬፕላን በተጨማሪ ከኬፕታ ታች ወደ ኬንያ የ 16000 ኪሎ ሜትር የቢስክሌት ጉዞ ትንሽ አስተዋፅኦ ታይቷል. እራስዎ ያስገርማችሁ እና እንግዳ ሁን. በቬንቸር ላይ በ 4 ቀን 2018 ከምሽቱ 7 00 ሰዓት ላይ ይመልከቱ
ቡና ሬስተርስ ኪን እና ካርተር, ሊሊኻልስትራስ 1, 34123 ካሳል. ኤግዚቢሽኑ እስከ ኦክቶበር 21, 2018 ድረስ ይሠራል.
We hereby invite you to a new NALA art exhibition, this time taking place in Kassel / Germany.
On display are amazing NALA artworks from great Artists from 13 African countries, as well as Switzerland and Germany.
In addition to the art, a small contribution of the 16000 km bike ride from Cape Town to Kenya is shown. Let yourself be surprised and stay curious.
See you at the Vernissage on 4.October 2018 from 19.00 o'clock
Coffee roastery Kühne & Carter, Lilienthalstr. 1,
34123 Kassel, Germany.
The exhibition goes on until 21.October 2018.
Por la presente, lo invitamos a una nueva exposición de arte de NALA, esta vez en Kassel. Se exhiben obras de arte de NALA de 13 países africanos, así como de Suiza y Alemania. Además del arte, se muestra una pequeña contribución del viaje en bicicleta de 16000 km desde Ciudad del Cabo a Kenia. Déjate sorprender y mantente curioso.
Nos vemos en el Vernissage el 4 de octubre de 2018 a partir de las 19.00 horas
Kaffeerösterei Kühn und Carter, Lilienthalstrasse 1, 34123 Kassel. La exposición se extenderá hasta el 21 de octubre de 2018.
latest update: 11.September 2018
NALA Art Exhibition during the Opening of the
"Kühn & Carter" Coffee roastery in Kassel, Germany
Photos from a very tiny NALA Art Exhibition during the Opening
at one of Germany finest Coffee roastery "Kühn & Carter"
in Kassel, Germany.
See all photos here: Exhibitions
NALA Diashow auf Youtube
Hallo Freunde von NALA.
Auf Youtube gibt es jetzt das kleine Video zu sehen, was während der NALA Ausstellung gezeigt wurde.
Folgt diesem link:
Über ein Feedback würde ich mich sehr freuen. Dieses könnt Ihr hier: Opinion about The NALA Project hinterlassen
NALA Slideshow video on YouTube
On YouTube you can see the little video, which we shown during the NALA ART Exhibition in Leipzig. This Video shows André´s and Nala´s artistic bicycle Journey through Africa.
The titles are in german language, but there are very nice photos to see.
Follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSkB-UHgOeo
It will be lovely if you can leave a comment about the NALA Project here: Opinion about The NALA Project.
Thank you very much
Yours NALA and André
I am currently in: Kassel / Germany
Tel. +49 176 4382 7985
+ André is working very hard to raise money for the next cycling Tour in West Africa.
+ searching new space for more NALA Exhibitions.
NALA and André are busy organizing Events to show the NALA Artworks from eastern and southern Africa.
More updates soon.
We will continue our NALA Project Cycling Tour
end of 2018
Cycled kilometer: 16.025 km
Tourstart by Bike was: Monday April 1, 2013
You can also find NALA on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheNalaProject
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