Zubo Women Audio Collection 2016

2017/03/08

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For International Women’s Day 2017, joining women’s celebrations around the world, Zubo Trust and radio continental drift are proudly launching “Women documenting Women Stories”, an audio collection of more then 50 recordings produced by Zubo women, in particular the six community-based facilitators of Zubo’s Women Forums in Sikalenge (Lucia Munenge), Siachilaba (Julia Mumpande), Chinonge (Eunice Mwinde), Kariyangwe (Regina Munkuli), Manjolo (Margaret Munkuli) and Simatelele (Ottilia Tshuma).

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The recordings are mainly in the indigenous language ChiTonga. We’ve made an effort adding introductions in English in the texts on the archive pages and sometimes the women even recorded summaries in English.

Follow our steps listening in situ on radio aporee sound maps

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With our recordings, we’d hope to reach out firstly to ChiTonga speaking communities, both sides of Lake Kariba or elsewhere, and especially to our sistaz, old and young. We’d wish that the present project and its audio collection may become, in time, just a beginning of local audio = listening research among the BaTonga women. There are so many stories, so much knowledge and wisdom among the women still waiting to be found, investigated and documented…

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We hope that listeners from further afield will also enjoy our recordings and, in listening, enjoy following us into our communities, culture and every-day lives. We’d wish that the publication of the collection will encourage organisations and communities, locally and internationally to engage in similar activities of collective research; and, that we may hear from you and your experiences… you are most welcome contacting us or joining the conversation on FB.

Thank you for listening!

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“Encouraging other women to speak out…!” Caven Mugande interviews Margaret Munkuli about her experience and how she felt making interview recordings in her own Manjolo community. Mugande is Zubo Trust Project Officer; Margaret is one of the six women facilitating local Women’s Forums who were taking part in the audio media training.

Women On-air : World Radio Day 2017

2017/02/12

Joining celebrations of World Radio Day 2017, radio continental drift releases the sampler “Babylon Broadcasts : Women On-air”,  live broadcasts, radio remixes and radio call-outs 2012-2016 by and with Women Radio-makers.

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01 “Wir sind Afrikanerinnen in Hamm…”

– a teaser for a radio show by African women in Germany broadcast in the community radio “Radio Runde Hamm” via the local station Radio Lippewelle Hamm in October 2015; here, featuring soundscape recordings from the radio studio and the first Yes Afrika Festival in 2014. The radio show followed a six months podcast project with the women of the Yes Afrika Club in Hamm and was produced collectively as part of this project.

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02 “JoyFM meets radio continental drift”

– excerpt of a two-hours live broadcast with DJ Petronella and poet Chipego on JoyFM Lusaka featuring poets from Zambia and Zimbabwe (like here, Linda Gabriel) in recordings by radio continental drift; “Poetic Tuesday” as part of Petronella’s show “The Dose” with Claudia Wegener as studio guest; broadcast in December 2012

03 “Radio Lippewelle meets radio continental drift”

– excerpt of Rainer Wilkes’ weekly radio show “Lampenfieber” with Claudia Wegener as studio guest; broadcast in September 2014; featuring, in this excerpt, recordings from Africa on the soundmaps of the aporee radio project, like here, poet Blackheat DeChanti in Mufakosi, Harare. Occasion for the on-air feature was the local project “Hamm Zugehort!” (see track 06).

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04 “Zambezi Women Call-Out”

– call out for remixes as part of the ongoing project “The Women sing at both sides of the Zambezi”. Featuring recordings with Virginia Phiri, Mulenga Kapwepwe, Chiwoniso, Thembi Ngwabi, Sithandazile Dube, Blackheat and Band, Thandanani Women’s Ensemble, Soneni Gwizi and Joyce Makwenda. The resulting playlist of remixes “Cross-cultural correspondence of Women Artists” has since travelled across many international radio stations.

05 “JoyFM meets radio continental drift”

– excerpt2 of the live broadcast with DJ Petronella and poet Chipego on JoyFM Lusaka (featuring here Maya Angelou); “Poetic Tuesday” as part of Petronella’s show “The Dose” with Claudia Wegener as studio guest telling about her “street writings” project and how it brought her from listening and description to sound and radio… and ultimately, to Africa…; broadcast in December 2012.

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06 “Eine Reise mit den Ohren…”

– excerpt of “A journey of Listening…”, a 45’ radio work by Claudia Wegener/ radio continental drift dedicated to the many forms of people’s broadcasts, from “pavement radio” via community radio to the soundmaps of the aporee radio project; featuring here, a visit to a rehearsal of theatre youths (ZAPOTA) and Mary Manzole in Lusaka’s Independence Station followed by a visit to a group of DMI women in Chaisa and a garden party for the founding of Yes Afrika Club in Hamm, Germany; broadcast in the community radio “Radio Runde Hamm” via the local station Radio Lippewelle in April 2015.

07 “Zambezi Women Remixes on CjamFM”

– excerpt of a two-hours live broadcast with Garth Rennie in his regular show “Soundscape Rhythms” introducing the resulting playlist of remixes (to the call-out, track 04) “Sonic Cross-cultural correspondence of Women Artists” and remixing live on-air with early Jazz and recordings of various other projects by radio continental drift, like a remix by Valerie Vivancos on the “street writing” project (2006). The excerpt features i.a. Anna Stereopoulou/ Virginia Phiri, Antye Greie/ Ruvimbo Tenga, Dinah Bird/ Mavis Moyo, Dixie Treichle/ Mavis Moyo, Donna Maya/ Soneni Gwizi.

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08Radio Call Out 4 Zubo”

– a call-out to listeners of Radio Runde Hamm/ Radio Lippewelle in support of the radio project with the women of Zubo Trust in Binga Zimbabwe based on excerpts from DJKwe’s Album “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga” which features in the vocals young women from Binga in recordings by rcd from 2012. In purchasing the Album “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”, you’ll support 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.

09-10 “Women in Fishing”

– excerpt from a live broadcast on the community radio station Zongwe 105.0 FM in Sinazongwe Zambia with DJ Mo, Monica Sianbunkululu and Claudia Wegener/ radio continental drift presenting recordings and stories of women in the fishing industries in Binga Zimbabwe and Sinazongwe; here featuring recordings with the Tuligwasey Women at Sebungwe River Mouth; broadcast in August 2016.

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11 Yes Afrika Women’s Forum Podcasts

– excerpt of Podcast No.5, Yes Afrika Women’s Forum meets Zubo Trust; Podcasts were produced collectively by a production team of Yes Afrika Women’s Forum, here telling about a visit of Zubo Trusts Director, Rosemary Cumanzala in recent recordings and recordings by rcd from 2012 with Abbigal Muleya Mumpande and soundscapes recorded at Siachilaba Primary School in Binga. An excerpt of the Podcast features in the radio show (track 01) and is part of the playlist of remixes “Sonic Cross-cultural correspondence of Women Artists” (see track 04 and 07).

12 “Women Team-Working

– excerpt from a live broadcast on the community radio station Zongwe 105.0 FM in Sinazongwe Zambia with DJ Petty Young, Patience Kabuku and Claudia Wegener/ radio continental drift presenting recordings and stories of Zubo’s Women Forums in Binga Zimbabwe and introducing upcoming visits to Sinazongwe Women Clubs; here featuring recordings with the Chinonge Women’s Forum and also introducing the dance tracks of DJ Kwe in her Album “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga” which here, on Zongwe FM receives its on-air Premiere on the African continent; broadcast in August 2016.

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13 “Tonga Anthem” – track 1 of DJ Kwe’s Album

– 15 dance tracks “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”, which features in the vocals young women from Binga in recordings by rcd from 2012. Here, DJ Kwe mixes two soundscape recordings from Damba Primary School in a joyful dance track and powerful remix of the BaTonga Anthem sung by the pupils of Damba. Track 1 of “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga” was released for free download as part of the playlist “Cross-cultural correspondence of Women Artists” in December 2015. In purchasing the Album “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”, you’ll support 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.

Thank you for Listening!

Tonga women on the way to their own media production

2017/02/07

From April – November 2016, Zubo Trust joint forces with radio continental drift/ Claudia Wegener to train Zubo staff and six community based facilitators (CBFs) in audio recording and production.

“Women documenting Women Stories” is the name of the task and the radio project with Zubo’s women.

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The playlist of recordings from the workshop days can document a bit of the journey, which we traveled together in exploring the use of audio recorders among the women Zubo is working with in rural Binga. The playlist showcases a selection of our recordings over three days together, and does so in footage recordings, including our trials to say what we mean, and our giggles.

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On the journey, which you can follow in the recordings, we practiced listening, to others, in interviews and, to ourselves; we explored storytelling and the power of detailed description on a listener; we learned how to talk with machines and how to listen carefully to their playback; we explored the tools of communication, how to encourage our counterparts to enjoy themselves in storytelling; we discussed where we come from and where we wish to go to, or not to go to… ; we practiced translation, listened to the strange sounds of foreign, African languages and, again and again, to the curious sound of ourselves as we speak to others.

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In July, the women went out in to their communities and captured the work of the Zubo’s women in the villages and the Women’s Forum in sound and voices. They also interviewed their elders, mothers and grandmothers, on BaTonga culture, tradition and history.

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The second playlist presents a selection of the recordings which Zubo women themselves made in their local communities and includes some excerpts of statements by the young media women about their experiences as citizen journalists and oral historians in their villages.

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DJ Kwe’s music flies like an acoustic beacon over our journey together with the women of Zubo Trust towards their own media work as young BaTonga business women…

I could stand for my people…” Track 5 of DJ Kwe’s “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga” features Linda Mudimba articulately voicing her wish to represent the Tonga people as a Media Woman (based on a recording by rcd in 2012 ).

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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 proceed go to project work with women in Binga via Zubo Trust and Basilwizi Trust.

Twalumba loko.

Thank you for listening.

if you want to go far…

2017/01/22

If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.”

This proverb is known in many countries of Southern Africa. The women of Zubo Trust practice its wisdom, and follow with it a long tradition among the BaTonga women to work in teams.

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Crystal DJ Kwe Favel eternalised the wisdom and voices of women from Binga in an amazing Album of dance tracks “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”.

Team Work”, track 9 of the Album features Abbigal Mumpande nee Muleya in a recording from 2012 by radio continental drift. Abbigal, Zubo’s Monitoring- and Evaluations Officer at the time, now serves her community as the Arts, Culture and Heritage Officer of the Ministry of Rural Development in Binga.

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In a letter of appreciation to Abbigal Mumpande, DJ Kwe writes:

“It was my hope to highlight the traditional ways women work together. It’s imperative we maintain our rights as women, not only traditionally, but also as equity workers in this modern world. Women must work in teams to become successful, regardless of race. We believe women are sacred but the modern world has stripped us of ways to protect our inherent rights as Aboriginal Women. This track was meant to inspire a group of women to work simultaneously, together with efficiency. It was important to demonstrate the intricate process that your team showcases as you work in unison standing beside each other. But most of all, I wanted to give you your water back in order to maintain these traditional practices. As Aboriginal Women, we are called Water Keepers. It is our role to maintain water during ceremonies, feast and conferences. Men are the Fire Keepers, as you notice, Water can smother the Fire, if the Fire gets unruly…lol. Our roles are defined by the medicines we carry.”

In her music, DJ Kwe joins the joy of song and dancing with the deep wisdom of indigenous knowledge. Belonging to the Cree and Metis Nation, the indigenous population of Canada, DJ Kwe’s art of healing in “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga” embraces the stories and histories of indigenous people across continents. We are invited to join the joyous moment of unity in dance and listening.

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Music Sample Description:

Weaving – Allows women to have sharing circles. What is said in the circle is left in the circle.

Tonga Women are Teams, shown through intergenerational support.

Women worked as teams only, supporting, working and weaving.

Weaving has a double meaning – weaving baskets – weaving in the water to catch fish.

You needed to be a team! We should take this advice worldwide, it’s the only way we overcome the titans.

Flute – We mirror this experience through weaving, webbing and beading in Canada. Through Unity we have a new harmony – breaks in track – it all comes together. Zubo is a Tonga name – Critical info for this tribes’ subsistence.

Used the genre Breaks, as more of a chain link song, the beat down, dipping baskets into the water, in uniform, in parts and together. The kicks, snare, juggling beats, mirrors the bending, lifting, carrying and repeat when fishing.

The Flute – We weave together throughout the world, you are never alone.

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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 proceed go to project work with women in Binga via Zubo Trust and Basilwizi Trust.

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Download the Press Release for “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”

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Women Team-Working

2017/01/17

Some of our first steps on the ground in Binga were to join Zubo in visiting the Women Forums in the six Wards that Zubo is working.

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The women of Zubo’s Forums are doing fantastic work in their local communities. They are assisting women to come and work together as teams, often as saving and lending groups realizing income-generating projects, they pass on training of workshops for example on business skills, they debate issues affecting women and seek for solutions or for further help and, they share community work among the vulnerable members of their communities. A focus of the women’s local work consists in supporting and mentoring girl children. 

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The Women Forums and their communities are often far off the “beaten track” … as you can see when following our steps on the sound maps of aporee radio.

Songs build togetherness, move team-work, release stress, pass on messages and teachings. Every meeting begins and ends with prayer and songs.

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This is how it sounds when the women of Chinonge Women’s Forum are presenting their project work and debating local issues… listen…

At each of those local meetings with the women, we also introduced Zubo’s documentation project, “Women Documenting Women Stories”; we explained what the project involved and what we hoped to achieve with it. Listen to such a presentation at Sikalenge.

In one of our radio shows, at Zongwe FM, across the lake in Sinazongwe Zambia, we introduce the work of Zubo’s Women Forums. Here you can find the playlist of our radio show, a sampler of our recordings with the Women Forums.

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ZUBO Trust is a Women’s Organisation based in Binga working with and for the rural women of the Zambezi valley in Zimbabwe since 2009. Zubo has become widely recognized for its successful work empowering the rural women in income-generating projects, which utilize the natural resources of the remote area such as Fish, Kapenta, Ilala, Baobab or Moringa. In 2012 Zubo made national and international headlines by launching the first Women Fishery Project on the Kariba Lake.

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2016/11/09

…since April, we have been treading a favorite bit of earth again…

the sand roads of Binga Zimbabwe in particular…

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but, we are scratching the surface of “the world” by now…

ground- and underground radio work with the women of Zubo Trust in Binga has been growing on-air wings…

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thanks to women on the other side of the Zambezi /Lake Kariba and thanks to Zongwe FM, community radio in Sinazongwe Zambia

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you may listen to our steps in to the audible world HERE

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or, catch up with us, elsewhere… like

in pictures here

or, on the Zubo website here

 

 

All Female Production Team Shines on International Women’s Day

2016/03/08

 

 

In Celebration of Women and their Creative Contribution to Society! 

the forthcoming Album is staring young BaTonga Women in the Vocals. 

Lets dance together, join hands across the globe and share in to the wisdom of indigenous knowledge!

 

Crystal DJ Kwe Favel

Crystal DJ Kwe Favel of Wax Warriors Record Label has partnered up with Claudia Wegener of Radio Continental Drift to release “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga” Electronic Drum Music Album this March 31, 2016.

Can you name an album completely produced from start to finish by women? In most cases, “no!” Not only have the radio samples have been recorded, collected and produced by Claudia, but DJ Kwe has also recorded, produced, engineered and mastered the entire album.

These female electronica artists even tear down international barriers as Ms. Favel is located in Canada and Claudia currently resides in Germany. When you combine both their portfolios, they have over 30 years of experience combined overachieving in a male-dominated technology industry. Their album promises to introduce another method to “preserve Oral Traditions, Ancient Languages and Indigenous Teachings through Aboriginal Electronica On The Rise.

Stay tunes as you watch history in the making, or…

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A luggage of equipment for women in Binga

2016/03/01

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Can you help add some funds to this equipment…? We are still lacking resources for the women’s subsistence during the multimedia training. The task is for the women to learn documenting their own work, daily live and culture of the Tonga people, and ultimately, to promote and market their local products, such as Tonga baskets, dried fish, soap from Jatropha oil or Baobab Juice.

We are currently running a fund-raiser in Germany supported by FUgE and Welthaus Bielefeld. Find the call-out (in German), further information and contact here: Spendenaufruf Zubo Trust Zimbabwe.

The project and its background:

Over the past five year, the local women’s organisation Zubo Trust has established successful economic empowerment projects securing the livelihood and self-reliance of women in rural Binga, Northern Zimbabwe. However, hardly anything of all this is known to outsiders. The BaTonga have been a marginalised community for long and Binga is far away from the country’s urban centres like Bulawayo and Harare.

Radio continental drift is soon joining the women of Zubo Trust in Binga as a “multimedia volunteer”. The media project with the women has been in the planning for more than a year. Recently, funds for some equipment could be procured from the German Boeckler Foundation/ Solidarity FundNow, subsistence of the women is our big worry – even more so, since Binga is badly effected by the current drought in Southern Africa.

All incoming funds from our call-out will be used to reimburse the women who participate in the media project and to help with the subsistence of those who wish to learn taking documentation and promotion in to their own hands for the benefit of the local community.

Here, you can listen to a podcast produced by African Women in Germany, which tells about the Tonga people and the women of Zubo Trust.

With your support, the women in Binga will soon be able producing their own podcasts and showcase their work and products on their website. Keep in touch with them here: http://www.zubo.org Thanks for listening and for your support!

Twalumba! from the women in Binga!

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Swedish Radio features Remixes

2016/02/14

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We are delighted about the announcement by Lisa Wall​, producer at Swedish National Radio, that the playlist of “Sonic cross-cultural exchanges” will feature in the Elektroniskt i P2​ show on Sunday 21st February 2016, CET 20:00.

The playlist features work by the following artists:
Sarah Washington (Germany, UK) – Annie Mpalume​ (Zimbabwe)
Gaël Segalen​ (France) and Pamela Kenmoé (US) – Chiwoniso Maraire; Linda Gabriel​; Ruvimbo Tenga​ (Zimbabwe); Zambia Popular Theatre Alliance (ZAPOTA)
DJ Kat Bpm​ (UK) – Soneni Sonny Gee Gwizi​; Virginia Phiri​ (Zimbabwe)
Felicity Ford​ (UK) – Esnart Mweemba​ (Zambia)
Patricia Walsh (UK) – Joyce Jenje Makwenda​ (Zimbabwe)
Dixie Treichel​ (US) – Mavis Moyo (Zimbabwe)
Dinah Bird​ (France) – Mavis Moyo (Zimbabwe)
Valerie Vivancos​ (France) – Mavis Moyo; Thandanani Women’s Ensemble (Zimbabwe)
Jordan Thomas​ (Canada) – Mulenga Kapwepwe (Zambia)
Luiza Schulz (Brazil, Austria) “Pontos de Escuta”
Antye Greie (Finland) – Ruvimbo Tenga (Zimbabwe)
Donna Maya​ (Germany) – Soneni Gwizi (Zimbabwe)
Danny Thompson​ (UK) – Soneni Gwizi; Virginia Phiri; Thembi Ngwabi (Zim.); Petronella Mkandawire​ (Zambia)
Anna Stereopoulou​ (Greece) – Virginia Phiri (Zimbabwe)
Sirpa Jokinen​ (Finland) – Virginia Phiri (Zimbabwe)
Inge van den Kroonenberg​ and “the Genetic Choir​” (Netherlands) – Virginia Phiri (Zimbabwe)
Additional:
DJ Xyramat [special remix for her radio show on Freies Sender Kombinat​ dedicated to the playlist on 8 May 2015]
Radio Continental Drift “Zambezi Women Call-out” (initial sonic call-out) Nov.2014

 

Lisa Wall, producer of the Elekctroniskt, a radio show dedicated to sound art, electronic  and electroacoustic music wrote to us:

“…We think this is a wonderful project – but even more important – it’s really good music! We are very much looking forward to introducing it to our audience. Please feel free to like our page and/or get in touch with me/us if you want to participate with more music – we are always listening for new wonderful stuff from around the globe.”

 

CIRCE’s feast for ears and eyes

2016/01/07

 

Anna Stereopoulou, Athens’ composer and founder of CIRCE the Black Cut project has published a richly beautiful AV report of CIRCE’s events in Athens, 19 – 22 December 2015.  

The exhibitions, concerts, listening events and broadcasts were the celebratory Finale of an exciting joint journey which began in August 2015 with CIRCE’s call for remixes on the subject of “Bees” and radio continental drift’s call-out “The Women of the Great River”.

 

 

Here I just pull together a few AV quotes from Anna’s report for you as a teaser to go on your own stroll across the resources of Anna’s pages. The two images include visual remixes to “The Women of the Great River” by Alma Tischler Wood and Agness Buya Yombwe.

The opening event on 19 December saw the release of the “CIRCE Family” Album 2015, called VOX [voice; out/ cry]. The Album gathers all remix-responses to the two sister-call-outs by 46 international artists of 15 countries in 28 tracks to One Voice “VOX” (as Anna’s subtitle poignantly suggests).

 

 

VOX invites us on an adventurous journey of listening in which Bees and BaTonga Women will be our guides. As they sing of the micro-cosmos, which is home to them, they allow us unknown glimpses of Cosmos at large and surprising, sometimes painfully familiar perspectives on our-selves and, “our” “World”.

 

 

Remixes are natural; will say, our audio remixes only echo the movements of Nature as it lives, breathes, survives, acts and communicates in ever new remixes of it’s resources – given “We”/ “Man”/ “the human animal” doesn’t grossly interfere in the Cosmos (=order)…

Lisa Greenaway’s remix of the “CIRCE Family” Album VOX gives another beautiful resonance space to the breath of “natural remix”…

 

 

Listening recommended !


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