Hemingway found the title for his brilliant novel The Sun Also Rises in the Old Testament. King Solomon asks: "What gain has a man from all the labour under the sun"? And answers himself rather despairingly, "The sun also rises and... the sun sets, and hurries back... to where it arose ... what has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun."
At Quartz+Co we see things differently. We are convinced that King Solomon would be quite pleased to see what the labour of men has been able to accomplish. And to us, the fact that "the sun also rises" is a great comfort and motivation, rather than a reminder of endless grind. Quartz+Co stands for change, progress and indeed early mornings.
However, there are places, especially those under a burning sun, where change has been too slow. One such place is Africa. And this is why, once more, a team of consultants travelled to Kenya to help local entrepreneurs create better businesses, more jobs and needed competence.
This year we joined forces with talents form a range of prominent companies, such as Novo Nordisk, the LEGO Group, Grundfos, COOP, BechBruun and BDO. The joint team, consisting of 15 outstanding managerial talents, laboured together under the burning sun and managed to coach and strengthen a range of local start-ups in the process.
In order to celebrate this tradition and even more so the unique collaboration, we have brought together talents in a very different field than business. We asked a number of accomplished Scandinavian musicians to reinterpret the music of a handful of gifted African artists. This album contains both the original tracks as well as the fresh interpretations to offer something entirely new for you to enjoy while the sun also rises.
And with these tunes, we want to thank you for the trust you have shown us and for your good company in the year gone by. We wish you and your families all the best in the year to come.Team Q+C