RADIO BRIDGE open call to artists

2018/02/13

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Open Call to Artists to contribute Remixes, Sound-and Radio pieces for

A RADIO BRIDGE ACROSS THE ZAMBEZI

with a compilation

to be released on Bandcamp in April

in support of Zongwe FM and radio-makers both sides of the Zambezi

Contributions will feature in live broadcasts on Zongwe 105.0 FM and international radio stations

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explore and use the call-out playlist for your remixes and radio-work:

https://archive.org/details/RADIO_BRIDGE_open_call (I)

https://archive.org/details/RADIO_BRIDGE_open_call_503 (II)

 

Please send your contribution via wetransfer to theairisfree4u@gmail.com; WAV 44/16 audio file; include a text file with: title of track, duration, artist’s name, 3 lines of bio and link; 3 lines about your contributions; photo/images 300 dpi. ;

closing date: 21. March 2018

download the call-out and playlist details

 

Hallo Listeners, Artists, Radio Activists,

In June, radio continental drift will rejoin sound-recordists and radio-makers both sides of the Zambezi for a training- and broadcast project over several months. A special playlist now invites you to join us on the journey by listening. The playlist introduces you to sounds and voices of the Zambezi Valley in Binga, Zimbabwe, and across Kariba Lake, in Sinazongwe, Zambia.

Together with the team of radio-makers at Zongwe FM and the women of Zubo Trust in Binga, we are calling on artists to contribute with remixes, sound- or radio pieces to our live broadcasts on Zongwe FM. Explore and use the call-out playlist for your remixes, as an entry-point to our online archives, and for inspiration to introduce us in remix to the sounds and voices in your daily life.

Resulting remixes, sound- and radio-pieces will be presented and released as a Compilation on Bandcamp in April. All proceeds from sales will benefit radio-makers in training both side of the Zambezi.

Twalumba loko, thank you! for your resonant solidarity!

 

The rural communities both sides of the Zambezi speak one language, ChiTonga. The BaTonga lost their ancestry land at the Zambezi when the valley was flooded to construct Kariba dam and lake in a huge colonial, World-Bank financed project at the end of the 1950. The Tonga people had to undergo the traumatic experience of forceful removal and resettlement. While the benefits of Kariba bypass most of the rural communities till today.

After 60 years of struggle, the Valley Tonga people have a story to tell about cultural survival, creative resilience and determination for self-help and self-organisation; and this is what you’ll hear across all the archived recordings which are featured in excerpt in the call-out playlist.

Zongwe FM in Zambia was set up in an initiative of local and international, community- and radio- activist organisations to bridge the communication between the divided Tonga communities; while across the lake in Zimbabwe, community radio stations have still not been licensed. Currently, the signal from Zongwe’s transmitter is still only hardly making it across Kariba. Efforts are ongoing to advance the station’s technical set up for direct broadcast next year.

Your contributions will uplift our work to radio-bridge communication across the Zambezi and join us in communal listening even with people in other parts of the world ! Twalumba maningi !

 

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Women on-air at Zongwe FM

2018/01/07

 

 “MUGUWA IN THE COMMUNITY”

A live on-air show with Patience Kabuku aka DJ Petty Young, Monica Siabunkululu aka DJ Mo and Claudia Wegener aka “Mukuwa Mutinta” aka radio continental drift in the Zongwe FM studio in Sinazongwe, Zambia, 2 Sept. 2016. (English/ ChiTonga).

Mukuwa” means the white, English-speaking stranger in ChiTonga, the language spoken by Tonga people both sides of the Zambezi; “muntu siya” means the black person, the African.

 

In this show, we are going together on a radiophonic journey to “mukuwa-country” and “munutusiya country”. What does it sound like in “mukuwa country”…?! Or, what sounds would we hardly come across over there, which are so familiar to us here, on the African continent…?!

We are listening to the sounds around a borehole and the sounds on a German motorway bridge; and, via on-air transmission ringing “mukuwa-country” church-bells over all Sinazongwe for probably the first time. We are listening to the sounds of the night and the different sounds of open markets this side and that side; and we get to talk about cleanliness and hygiene, relations to staple foods, social effects of cold weather, gardens, compounds, holidays and loneliness. 

Via the links can listen to the soundscapes on the All Africa Sound Map.

 

A white stranger in the rural areas will typically be greeted by the local children running together screaming “mukuwa, mukuwa!” This may be similar in rural areas across the globe; but here, on the African continent it has the bitter taste of colonial history and racism – probably not for the children, but certainly for me, the “mukuwa” and, other grown-ups listening to the encounter.

However, together with Patience and Monica, we pick up on the underlying prejudice and stereotypes on a lighter note, challenging each other in a vocal dance around stereotypes on the stage of a radio listening-play.

 

In August, 2016 radio continental drift has been partnering with ZongweFM, training five young presenters in audio recording, interview techniques, oral history methods, archiving, audio editing and playlist development for live on-air shows. Together with the two women in the Zongwe staff team, Patience Kabuku and Monica Siabunkululu, we developed 9 live on-air radio shows in which we are presenting project recordings from Zubo’s women in Binga and recordings with Sinazongwe women clubs.

Find a playlist of clips from three of our live shows at Zongwe FM

Zongwe FM is a community radio station in Sinazongwe, Southern Province of Zambia.

It’s Women’s Turn

2017/12/23

Crystal DJKwe Favel turn-table and Zubo women Ilala bag copy

One of my favourite pictures I came across in 2017!

You are looking at a bag woven from Ilala Palm by Zubo Trust women in Binga Zimbabwe on the “work bench” of spiritual turn-tablelist Crystal Favel aka DJKwe in BC Canada…

Encounters of women’s work and vision can extend across history in to the present moment and join distant cultures anew as ancient relations… once Binga Women used to weave their patterns in traditional bead-work; when beads become unavailable or unaffordable, their creativity didn’t stop there, but they transferred the old patterns of Tonga bead-costumes in to their basket-weaving… Zubo women didn’t stop there with their art but found new form in to which to weave their Ilala: hand-bags, laptop-bags and more… Crystal DJKwe Favel joins the round of women’s wisdom on cultural continuity in change, adds beat to knowledge and lets it/ us dance… from beats to beads and baskets to hand-bags and back… in “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga” :

In purchasing the Album “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”, you’ll support the healing arts of DJ Kwe and the work of women for women across the globe. From the online sales, 50% of proceed go to project work with women in Binga via Zubo Trust.

Twalumba loko ! Thank you for listening ! Thank you for you support !

Rethinking Tradition

2017/11/29

How can communities be strengthened and tradition be interpreted in a way that contributes to a sustainable perspective for the future? What is the connection between traditional communities in Latin America, Africa and Asia and small villages in Europe? What can the global North learn from the global South? How can territories be defended? And how can the livelihood of rural areas be sustained?…”

In June 2017, I contributed with a workshop to an international colloquium on traditional peoples and communities, entitled “Traditionally Sustainablewhich set out to pursue these questions. My workshop was entitled “The river belongs to the Tonga people” and was based on my experiences among the Tonga people in Binga, Zimbabwe (during last year’s radio project with the women of Zubo Trust in particular).

Read the workshop log of “The river belongs to the Tonga people”

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During my time in Binga, I learned about the history and culture of the Tonga people from the women I worked with. The title of my workshop is a quote from the Tonga Anthem which I recorded in 2012, my first stay in Binga. The text of the Anthem goes: “The river belongs to the Tonga people. The river has fish and crocodile. Our Ancestors are crying…”. The award-winning aboriginal artist Crystal DJ Kwe Favel created a music album of dance tracks based on the Binga recordings. DJ Kwe belongs to the indigenous communities of BC Canada. “Tonga Anthem Remix” is the first track of the bespoke online Album “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”. DJ Kwe’s music bridges indigenous teachings across continents in dance rhythms.

It was the first time that the colloquium took place in Germany; since 2009, four previous sessions had been taking place in Brazil. Representatives of communities, academia and development organisations from four continents debated in three languages over four days on opportunities of sustainability for Traditional communities and, the input of diverse knowledge for a sustainable development such communities may hold on offer for the global community at large. A joint declaration was issues, published as the “Hofgeismar Agenda“.

Contributions from Nigeria and Cameroon

Following the conference “Traditionally Sustainable” in Hofgeismar, a delegation of contributors from Brazil are guests of FUgE (Forum for Justice, Environment and Development) in Hamm. They meet the “Heimatverein Heessen” and give a talk at FUgE Fairtrade Shop in the evening. With members of the “Heimatverein”, they visit the chapel of St. Anna. Analia A. da Silva performs a traditional prayer. Dr Aderval Costa adds a prayer to Virgin Mary in Latin.

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an excerpt from the Hofgeismar Agenda

Traditional peoples and communities are the most important guarantors of the world ́s diversity. They represent more than 90% of diversity in different dimensions as

  •   their social relationships
  •   their relationships with nature
  •   their languages
  •   their ethnicities
  •   their religious and spiritual systems
  •   their knowledge about biodiversity
  •   their capacities on agricultural diversity
  •   and further aspects of diversity.
  • Traditional peoples and communities are the most important heritage of humankind.

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Her Story of Rocks

2017/11/04

now, i’m finally realizing that there are not many black geo-scientists, let alone women…!”

…like, this isn’t for girls…!”

…my love for geology stared here in Binga!”

The vocals of “her story of rocks” are based on a long interview with Chiza Mwinde in Binga Zimbabwe. Chiza was born in Binga, a place “at the back of beyond” as some have it. She is now studying geo-sciences in the US.

Hear Chiza’s story !

We worked together at the local women’s organisation Zubo Trust, Chiza as an Intern, me as multimedia volunteer. I was intrigued by her art of storytelling… about rocks, her research and, about her life… and I enticed her to share her story with us…

Listen to a playlist of clips from the interview with Chiza

 

The remix “Her story of Rocks” was created in response to the project and open call-out , “Breaking the Sound Barrier 8”

Excerpts from the interview were treated to various sets of chance cuts and effects, following the inspiration from the music, her story of rocks, the crushing of language and of tectonic plates in the history of the earth.

“Stories of Gardens…” on Datscha Radio

2017/09/13

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Stories of gardens are better than none at all…”

first broadcast on Datscha Radio Berlin, a 5-days radio-festival from a Berlin allotment garden, August 2017; produced in response to Datscha radio’s open call by radio continental drift

radio continental drift is proud and happy contributing to Datscha Radio in Berlin together with women audio/ radio producers from both sides of the Zambezi and beyond, namely Zubo Trust in Binga, Zimbabwe and Zongwe FM in Sinazongwe, Zambia; DJ Kwe joins the all-female radio-gardeners team from Canada with her music, excerpts from the inspiring Album “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”.

Margaret Munkuli and Lucia Munenge recorded songs and stories of elders in their communities about their life at the Zambezi before the forced resettlement displacing the Tonga people for the construction of Kariba Lake. The old ladies still danced and played Chilimba at the Zambezi, as they themselves tell, and they could shout across the river to their relatives on the other side; water for gardening was no problem…

DJ Mo and DJ Petty Young took many of these recordings on-air at Zongwe FM relating voices and stories from the Binga community to the Tonga community on the Northern shore of Kariba Lake thus, joining the now divided people in radio community. Radio continental drift joins the dots in the radio piece with bits of narration in English and German to invite further listening communities along on the journey. DJ Kwe’s beats lifts our voices to danceable teachings.

You can even follow our journey to Tonga gardens on the sound maps of aporee radio where you’ll find all the original recordings. 

Enjoy the listening. And have a nice day in the garden!

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Buy the Album “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”

In purchasing the Album “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”, you’ll support the healing arts of DJ Kwe and the work of women for women across the globe. From the online sales, 50% of proceed go to project work with women in Binga via Zubo Trust and Basilwizi Trust. Twalumba look! Thank you for your support!

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Dance of carrots and baobab with stories of gardens and Tonga-song-remix by DJ Kwe performed to link and honour the women of Zubo Trust in Binga, Datscha Radio in Berlin, “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga” by DJ Kwe in Canada and Apocalypso Now, a performance party hosted by Alma Tischler Wood and John Wood at Lewisham Art House in London on 25 August 2017.”

radioart106fm : women artists 4 women artists

2017/09/12

Now archived for your Listening on mixcloud! many thanks to Meira Asher for an inspiring exchange and radio-active continuation of “sonic cross-cultural exchange of women artists” from both sides of the Zambezi and beyond !

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Virginia Phiri, Eunice Mwiinde, Zubo Trust, Mavis Moyo, Chipata DMI Women, Sithandazile DubeRuvimbo TengaPenny YonEsnart Mweemba, Viola Mwembe, Barbara Mudimba, Abbigal Mumpande, Janet Mwiinde, Luyando Muyalali, soneni Sonny Gee Gwizi,  Annie Mpalume, Chiwoniso, Thandanani Women’s Ensemble, Claudia Wegener, Knut Aufermann, Mobile Radio ; and remixes by Inge van den KroonenbergDixie TreichelGaël Segalen, Antye Greie, Barney Spigel, Bass Oratory, Dinah Bird, Sarah Washington, Felicity Ford , Valerie Vivancos, radio continental drift

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Indigenous Knowledge Dance

2017/06/02

This beautiful dance track by Crystal DJ Kwe Favel allows us to appreciate cultural wisdom founded deeply in indigenous knowledge.

“…because right now we don’t have the beads; so we are taking the patterns from the beads to the baskets…”!!

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The track was much used in our live radio shows with DJ Mo, DJ Petty Young and women from Sinazongwe on Zongwe FM last August.

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Actually, the BaTonga women both sides of the Zambezi, Zambia and Zimbabwe loved that track because, being a weaver themselves, or perhaps a daughter or friend of a basket weaver, they knew instantly what was at stake here: many of the patterns used in basket weaving can be traced back to traditional Tonga beadwork; but right now, beads are hard to come by in the rural areas…, so…!

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Translated into a universally valid cultural wisdom the teaching says: if one traditionally used base of cultural output subsides for one reason or another the indigenous knowledge and its varied expressions will move on to the next more available output material or channel. Here goes a natural law of spiritual survival.

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In the original interview recordings from 2012, which DJ Kwe remixed in her dance track, Viola Mwembe and Barbara Mudimba at Binga Craft Centre explain to me the meanings and origins and uses of patterns. And by the way, DJ Kwe means “DJ Native Woman”. The award winning DJ belongs to the indigenous people of British Columbia Canada. Crystal DJ Kwe Favel knows what she makes her music sing n dance about.

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In purchasing the Album “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”, you’ll support the healing arts of DJ Kwe and the work of women for women across the globe. From the online sales, 50% of proceeds will go to project work with women in Binga via Zubo Trust and Basilwizi Trust.

The picture above  shows Donna and Matron from the Zubo team at Binga office with the poster for the Album. Below, Olga proudly carries an Ilala Laptop-Bag on the way to her office at the Ministry of Women Affairs in Binga. The Laptop-Bag is crafted similarly to the traditional BaTonga baskets from Ilala Palm leave by Zubo Trust’s women.

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Radio Sisters Resources

2017/06/01

Let me introduce here two radio projects by women artists which both maintain resourceful online archives much worth a visit – be it that you are looking for inspiration or researching material. radio continental drift recently had the pleasure working with Meira Asher and Radio Art 106 FM and with the Radio Papesse, that is Carola Haupt and Ilaria Gadenz.

Meira Asher’s weekly show explores radiophonic work of radio artists worldwide and is transmitted by KolHaCampus106FM in Israel. Meira went for a listening dive into the archive of radio continental drift and came up presenting a beautiful show of original recordings and remixes of/ for “The Women sing at both sides of the Zambezi”. The show paved the way to Meira’s March-Season highlighting work by women artists and producers. I can highly recommend a dive into the archive of Radio Art 106 FM.

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Radio Papesse recently called for the symposium Süden Radio – Listening South – New geographies of SoundOne of the topics discussed among radio practitioners during the symposium was the question of archiving, use and access to project archives such as that of Radio Papesse. Radio Papesse is based at Florence’ Villa Romana and runs an open online audio archive and a platform for events focusing on sonic dimensions of contemporary cultures.

radio continental drift contributed with a sound piece to the archive, a presentation and listening session. You can listen to all the presentations for Süden Radio at Radio Papesse Archive. You may also access the paper by radio continental drift in print on academia.edu

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Both radio projects are members of Radia – a network of stations presenting “new and forgotten ways of making radio” also maintaining a huge archive of artist’s radio work.

A recording by a woman from Binga represents the continent on-air

2017/04/03

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It was a recording by Lucia Munenge from Sikalenge Ward in Binga, which got to represent (sounds from) the African continent on a WDR3 “open sounds” programm recently: “The Sound of the World” on the field recordings platform radio aporee:::maps. You can find Lucia’s recording on aporee maps here

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Lucia’s recording was the only recording from the African continent played in the radio show, all other 33 listening samples from the aporee sound maps originated on the other continents. The radio show was dedicated to the aporee radio project by German artist Udo Noll, to its sound maps and audio recordings, which are contributed by listeners from around the world (at the time of this post, 37493 recordings of 32649 places by 1421 contributors with a total audio length of more than 90 days)

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Lucia Munenge is one of Zubo Trust’s six community based facilitators who were trained during the radio project “Women documenting women stories” last year. In her recording Lucia sings a song in ChiTonga composed by the Sikalenge Women’s Forum which tells the story of Zubo Trust and the “zubo” (traditional basket of Tonga women for fishing). She also comments in English on the meaning of the song.

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Here, in English translation, the relevant excerpt from the radio show’s transcript:

From the satellite perspective, the point pattern (of audio recordings) reveals where contributors are particularly active and, of course, those regions which are largely undiscovered acoustically. Most of the recordings, around 20,000, were recorded in the European countries. Quantitatively top performer, however, is Taiwan with around 6000 recordings alone! The northern and southern regions on the outskirts or outside the habitable zones, as well as the African continent, are acoustically scarcely explored. The project Radio Continental Drift by the London-based artist Christina Wegener (kkkkk…!) wants to remedy this situation and make the people of Africa audible. Radio Continental Drift does this by collecting interviews, stories and songs or by documenting workshops. “Women documenting women stories” is the name of a project with Zubo Trust in Zimbabwe, an organization that provides educational programs for women. In the following recording of July 26, 2016, Lucia Munenge sings and comments about ZuboTrust in a recording she has made herself.

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Lucia Munenge, Zubo is bringing women together …”

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