MadonnaTribe readers and members know David Kawena
for his amazing Madonna
artworks he creates and shares with our site, but this
time our friend has more than another of incredible drawings to
He's gonna tell us about his very own "Confessions
Tour" experience and will show us the images he took
when he flew all the way from Israel to see Madonna live in Cardiff.
Now that the European leg of the tour is over, let's take a trip
down memory lane and join David Kawena in his adventures
in South Wales, where it all begun...
This time around I want to share with you more then
just a new drawing of mine...
This time I want to share with you all the most greatest thing that
ever happened to me!
It was a month ago, in Cardiff, Wales, on July 30, 2006 - Here's
my story, No risk no glory. A little up and down and all around
For the very first time...
It is Wednesday, July 26, 2006. The time is 05:00 and I
am all tired, and yet, I can't sleep. Why? Cuz in about 18 hours
I will be in an airplane on my way to London for the very first
And if that's not enough - It will also be the first time I'm going
to see MADONNA!!! How could I sleep?!
So I took this time to sit down on my ass and finish out something
I wanted to finish a long time ago - A small gift for Madonna herself,
just in case I'll get to give it to her (keep on dreaming David...
I know)... The "gift" I made was a collection of all new
drawings - 2 of them were made during that night - all inspired
by the Confessions Tour.
10 hours passed by and I'm at my working place, hoping to get a
chance to print out the drawings I did... I had to deal with 3 customers,
and then came out my turn. Thank god - cusp I'm already late to
the airport. I printed out the drawings in the form of a booklet,
and made up 6 copies out of it, said goodbye to my friends at work
- and went straight to the airport...
After hours of waiting in the duty-free, I am finally on the plane,
listening to Confessions and still can't believe that I'm actually
going to see MADONNA!
After spending a few days in London, at the most generous woman
I've ever meet who had me as a guest - It was time for me to go
to Cardiff, Wales.
I was planning on spending the weekend over there.
So, I set down and started doing some phone calls to see if there
are any hotels in Cardiff for me to spend the weekend. Pretty soon
I started realizing what its like to have Madonna in town. No hotels
AT ALL. Everything was booked full! Actually, one Hotel decided
to be original - or they just grew tired of telling people they
are booked, - that when I called them the answering machine said
"Hello and thank you for calling. Unfortunately we are booked
until Madonna leaves the country! Thank you and have a great day".
At this point I knew I'm out of luck when it comes for a place or
me to stay in Cardiff. Thanks heaven I found someone at Jewish community
through the internet and eventually I staid at the house of Cardiff's
Rabbi! Madonna spirit was with me I guess ;)
So, I went on and took the train straight to Cardiff.
After about 3 hours ride full of beautiful landscapes, I arrived
at Cardiff train station. No matter where I stood I could see the
top of the Millennium Stadium! I was so excited, couldn't believe
that I'm actually there, and that in 2 days time I will see live
for the first time, the one woman I love more then life itself (except
for my mom :) I had to go an take a walk to see the stadium up close!
It's huge! We don't get a lot of these massive stadiums in Israel
:) I was so wowed by the whole thing. On my way to the Rabbi's family
the taxi driver asked me "You're here to Madonna aren't you?!?"
and I'm like (yelling) - "YES! OH YES,, YES!!!" (I know
what it sounds like, but hey - seeing Madonna is as good as heaving
an orgasm!) "Everybody's here to se Madonna" - He said,
"We've (taxi drivers) never had so much work in our entire
lives! It's good to have her here!". "Year, She's a blessing
where ever she's going..."
I replied so pleased with the situation... I arrived at the Rabbis
house, had a great weekend and then came Sunday morning!!!
Music makes the people come together...
"Oh shit! My taxi is here and I'm not ready at all!
Where's my camera? Where's the booklets I printed? Shit! I'm in
my jeans and somehow my underwear are on the floor! What is going
on?! - Where's my money?!?! THAANA..." - This is the way my
morning of seeing Madonna started.
After 30 minutes ride I'm there at the box-office! A lot of Madonna
fans are already there!
It was cool to see, and feel the atmosphere - wow!!! People came
with TO-shirts, confessions inspired outfits, everybody's into Madonna!
How cool is that??? I started to talk to some guys over there, and
everybody's so friendly! And everyone is from a different part of
the world! Sweden, south Africa, Scotland, Ireland, The Netherlands
(<-- I didn't forget bout you guys, E-mails will be sent soon!
:) and me from Israel.
It was so great to hear that people actually knew who I was cuz
they have seen my drawings here on the Tribe!
After the fiasco of our tickets delay (long story), we got into
TICKETS HAVE ARRIVED! I remember standing at the box-office, and
lady goes, "I can't find your order sir." and I'm like
"no way!!!" she kept on looking, and it's not there. A
familiar phrase came to my head -"I reserved. I have a reservation...
(I was saying to the lady --> ) "What do you mean it's not
in the computer!?!?!" then I remembered I have ordered the
ticket with a different credit card... Jeez, thank heaven she found
And she said "here you go Sir" giving me the envelope
with the ticket...
My hand are shaking, my back is sweaty, I'm holding the envelope
in my hands, I can't feel my legs and I just yelled as hard as I
could! HHHHAAAA! And everybody was cheering and clapping their hands...
Oh the feeling, the atmosphere, the emotions!!! I felt like a virgin
touched for the very first time - and we're not even at the stadium...
I waited out for some of my new friends to get their tickets, then
we went on to eat something - and then to the stadium!!! Madonna
here we come!!!
gonna tell you about love...
Hours of standing out, sitting down, in a small rain drop,
in the hot sun, waiting for Madonna, just waiting for her.
Talking to everybody. Showing off what people have started to refer
to as "David's unofficial tour program", got so many great
reviews from fans that really touched my heart.
We talked to guards, asking if they've seen Madonna, is she here
Then all of a sudden a familiar sound is herd from the stadium -
a sound check of Future Lovers! Everybody got up, and since then
everyone kept on standing till we got into stadium. It was a very
short sound-check, but it got us all upbeat. A small group of people
and me started singing out loud every Madonna song possible - And
then they have opened the gates! Hhhhaaa! everybody squeezed in,
and shouting from joy, then came my turn - a small safety check,
hiding up my camera, the guy at the gate is ripping up my ticket
I run as fast as I could. Ever since I knew that there's going to
be a golden gate (so thankfully to MadonnaTribe :) I decided that
I'm gonna be there no matter what!!! I kinda lost my 2 new Swedish
friends while I was running faster then a speeding light. OK, I
passed the gate, I passed some hundreds people, I'm in the stadium,
My eyes can't comprehend all there is to see...
Massive wave of people, enormous scale of the building itself, and
then there's the stage! I mean stages! "Haaa, there's the main
catwalk - No matter what I'm there!!!". And there was I - after
squeezing myself up against hundreds of people who wanted to get
into the golden circle - I'm there! I'm fucking there! I can actually
get my hand and touch the main catwalk from the front!!! I just
couldn't believe it! Why me of all people, I really didn't know
- But I thanked god like never before.
And this was only the beginning. I'll try to put it down in words
whatever came next - bare with me :)
the heavens and the "Cloud" down to earth for me...
After the first shock of actually being there in the front
row of the main catwalk, I started to look around at the place.
To the sides massive disco horses from each side of the stage. Huge
screens everywhere, lights technicians, stages... I looked up to
ceiling and this is when it hit me - the Disco ball is right above
me!!! WWOOOHHAA!!! Then I looked at the catwalk itself, and right
in front of I see the most amazingly talented guy, Daniel Cloud
Campos! He was just standing there, below the catwalk, with a big
video camera taking videos of the crowd!!!
He was there with Steve, Norm and other dancers I didn't recognize
(they've performed kick-ass moves during Jump) I yelled at him "Cloud!!!
Cloud!!!" - As sweet as he looks so dose his personality ;)
Cloud came down to talk to me and other people in the crowd, leaving
his filming and everything.
He was so sweet.
I exchanged a few words with him, and I thought "He was so
kind coming down here to talk to me, I just have to give him something
in return..." It was then that I remembered about the booklets
that I have printed out for Madonna, and that I also draw two portraits
of Cloud in them.
I took one of them out of my bag and gave it to Cloud. Saying I'm
big fan of Madonna, and an artist and that these are my drawings!
Cloud was amazed! And you could tell the boy was honest. Then I
said to him that I came from Israel, and he was really surprised...
"All the way from Israel?" he asked... He was going throw
the booklet and then he saw his own picture in the middle - the
"confessions poster" I published here on the site a while
ago, of him Madonna and Mihran.
He made a comment about the pants, but I really can't remember what
he said... He did mention that he loves the tattoo! ;) I said thanx,
then I tolled him that he can keep the booklet as a gift. Cloud
called other dancers to come and see it, and they asked me if I
have more... I took out more booklets I've made and gave it to them.
I gave another one to Cloud asking him "Please Cloud if you
can do me a favour..." - "Sure" he said, - "Please
give one of them to Madonna herself... I..." before I finished
talking Cloud answered me "Are you kidding?! Of course I'm
gonna give her one. She must see this, she's gonna love it. I'm
gonna give it to her right now before the show..."
Yep, at this point I could not feel my legs, my hands, my everything!!!
I just wanted to jump on Cloud and kiss him - and this time it wasn't
cuz of his looks! ;) I could not believe my good luck, and Cloud's
Cloud kept on talking to this girl next to me - later on as I talked
to her I realized this is the lovely Tribe member Sharon A.K.A "wannabe"...
- Then a member of the crew came to the dancers and told them they
have to come backstage because they need to get ready for the show...
I couldn't see where were the other dancers whom I gave my booklets
went to, But I did saw Cloud packing up his camera, then taking
my booklet, holding it strongly and going away... Before he left
I yelled at him "Don't forget to give on to Madonna! Please..."
- Cloud winked at me and disappeared into the darkness...
night is young, and the show has just begun
To be honest - I don't think I can put down in words all
that happened to me during the show itself...
When the disco ball came down from the ceiling, I was about to faint!
The bodyguard kept on offering me glasses of water, and I was like
"No thank you. I don't need it" - and he answered "Trust
me boy, you NEED it!" :) and then the disco ball opened to
revel MADONNA! I thought I'm seeing an angel, I thought I'm seeing
my mother (she's a Madonna-look-a-like for real! even with the gap
in the teeth!) then I started realizing I'm seeing this girl from
T.V. - and then I got it, that I'm actually seeing Madonna!
I was screaming, I dropt my camera, and I started to cry like four
year old girl... Oh the embarrassment! Seeing Madonna smiling always
makes me feel good for some reason, and seeing that LIVE was a-m-a-z-i-n-g,
and she smiled a lot!
She was happy, she was ecstatic!
There's so much energy and power in this tiny woman... there was
no week moment in the show! I loved it all!
The shofar part in Isaac made me feel like home :) Just a day before
I came from beit knesset, (synagogue) and that was really great!
I lift up the Israeli flag that I brought with me, and I was so
happy to hear Madonna comment on the fact that there are so many
flags in stadium... Highlight of the show for me were the opening
(like duh), the Like a Virgin carousel, Isaac, Sorry - she really
did all that cage choreography LIVE! WOW!!! - Sorry interlude, Let
It Will Be - she was right in front of me... Hhhhaa! Drowned World,
Erotica/You Thrill me (the best), and Hung Up for sure!!! I got
my self a balloon Yey!!!
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