In 2017, Bawren travelled to Ethiopia to undertake the Rasta Roots Spiritual immersion programme as research and development (R&D) for his production Izindava (2017-18). The 13 day trip explored the birthplace of Rastafarianism in Ethiopia, journeying through the lush landscape of Ethiopia where they were exposed to local Rastafarians learning about their faith, music, history and their one-of-a-kind culture.
The trip was an inspiring experience for the production Izindava which was toured in 2017/18. Izindava focuses on the redemptive power of dance music and Rastafarianism. Bawren wanted to explore what was happening in various parts of Africa that is not talked about or paid attention to in societies. He captured the experience through the music he composed and produced for the show.
Learn more about Izindava.