THE WOMEN OF THE GREAT RIVER

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Deadline extended to 23 October!

Calling all Artists of Listening…!   

We are inviting you to respond to the voices, sounds and stories you hear in “The Women of the Great River”. This playlist features the story of the BaTonga – a story of displacement, resilience and self-assertion – in the voices of women from Binga, a town and district on the Zimbabwe shore of the Zambezi.

Playlist, part 1

Playlist, part 2

released by radio continental drift as part of “CIRCE The Black Cut” project. (56 tracks; 43 minutes; 57 MB)

Choose one of the women’s voices that speaks to you and mix it with recordings of your own. Please send us your 2-3 minutes remixes by 23rd October (upload online and post us the link).

Your contributions will be featured in the presentations of the CIRCE project in December 2015, which will include exhibitions, radio broadcasts and a new online album. Contributions will also be featured in the online sites of CIRCE and radio continental drift. The CIRCE project, as an open, interdisciplinary project allows for creative contributions of many kinds.

Please find all further details for your submission and the presentations in December, here, in the open call-out of “CIRCE The Black Cut”.

For questions concerning the playlist: please inbox radio continental drift, here on the blog or “Continental Drift” FB page. For all other questions and your submission/ details: please mail to sinetoaeaea [@] gmail.com

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The playlist features:  Linda Mudimba and Sihle Ndlovu (at the time, National Volunteers with Basilwizi Trust in Binga); Simudenda Bertha, a bead-making artist in Siachilaba; Barbara Mudimba, a basket weaver from Kariangwe; Viola Mwembe, sales assistant at Binga Craft Centre (translating Barbara); the teacher, Florence Munsaka at Damba Primary School; Janet Mwindii and Luyando Muyalali from Damba in front of artifacts at BaTonga Museum in Binga; voices and sounds from Siachilaba Primary School, Tusimpe All Souls Mission Binga and Damba Primary School; Abbigal Muleya and Rosemary Cumanzala from the women’s organization ZUBO Trust in Binga.

The playlist also includes: artist and researcher, Esnart Mweemba, who belongs to the Zambian Tonga; Christine Hankwebe (Basilwizi Trust) sings a Weddingsong together with her neighbours, Ester and Mtenda (Zambian Tonga living in Bulawayo); the Zimbabwe painter, Nonhlanhla Mathe, and the Zambian artist, Agness Buya Yombwe talk about the inspiration they received through Tonga culture; and Zimbabwe musician Penny Yon, who lived for many years in Binga, shared the lives of the people there while working e.g. with and for musicians as project coordinator of Kunzwana Trust.

For details on Binga related audio recording in the online archive please read here: Binga Audio Collection 2012 and related

Pictures from Binga (2012)

“The People of the Great River”: The BaTonga are descendants of those who were forcefully removed from their fertile land at the Zambezi by the British Colonial Government in the 1950s. They had to escape into the arid, higher regions both sides of the Zambezi valley where agriculture is almost impossible. The land of their ancestors is now at the bottom of the Kariba Lake. Even after independence, water and electricity from the dam bypasse them serving others in the country. “Having lost everything their culture survives strongly as a driving force of self-assertion, resilience and development.”

For information please also see some of the related websites:

Zubo Trust – Basilwizi Trust – Mulonga – Kunzwana Trust – Austrian Zimbabwe Friendship Organisation

 Listen via the All Africa Sound Map

All Africa Sound Map - Binga

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2 Responses to “THE WOMEN OF THE GREAT RIVER”

  1. v o x : circe family work ~ 2015 | A STEREOSCOPIC perspective of Music & Art© Says:

    […] The album VOX [Voice; Sound; Call; Outcry] is part of the project « circe :the black cut: » and it is compiled by its founder and composer, Anna Stereopoulou. Being the second CIRCE Family Album (after the release of “Vuelo Libre” in December 2014), “VOX” consists of 28 tracks composed by the participants of CIRCE The Black Cut, as well as by the artists who responded to “The Women of the Great River” call-out /playlist of Claudia Wegener‘s RADIO Continental Drift; guest project of the CIRCE The Black Cut ~ 2nd Presentation (2015). The 2nd phase of the project (2015), offers “Bees” to all participants, as the new Theme connecting all existing sources of inspiration. Through the present compilation we are invited to join the outward motion which is mostly achieved by the exploration, the acceptance and the unity of opposites. The theme of “Bees” suggests awareness about these, essential to the ecosystem, flying insects, and the numerous threats they are exposed to (habitat loss, pesticides, etc.), as well as a paradigm to learn from their way of life, work and communication, in order to become more open and express our Voice, louder and wider, by exiting any kind of cell, which we are forced -by others or by our own selves- to live in. Thus, the transition from the compositions of the CIRCE The Black Cut participants, to the remixes of the artists responding to “The Women of the Great River” playlist, represents the voyage of an out-cry, wrestling to travel, beginning from our roots and our most inner places, through various bee voices helping us to kill our egos, by crossing the “river” or any kind of barrier and expose our feelings free to light. The album is available on Seven Moons (which is supporting the project since its launch, March 2014) as Digital Format and Free Downloading. Information [Full Credits + Digital Catalogue] about the 2nd Presentation of CIRCE The Black Cut ~ 2015 is available on the following link: http://wp.me/p2zRWp-yv Information about “The Women of the Great River” playlist and Claudia Wegener‘s Radio Continental Drift: https://radiocontinentaldrift.wordpress.com/2015/08/15/the-women-of-the-great-river/ […]

  2. c i r c e : the black cut ~ v.2 [12.2015] ~ a/v report | A STEREOSCOPIC perspective of Music & Art© Says:

    […] Projects 2015 Radio Continental Drift /”The Women of the Great River” [by Claudia Wegener – Germany /Africa] Project 92 [by Gabriel Otero – France /Argentina […]

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