Archive for June, 2017

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.


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