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Passing on stories… in remix

2015/12/16

“It’s not just as if everyone is blowing their horns at any time; there’s a pattern and you can hear the pattern going and coming…

…one song for example is about a blind man, who went to Hwange in the year of hunger; he worked very hard and did very well and people got jealous of him, put poison in his beer and he died… – that’s the background story – even the small kids know the story…; but the lyrics are, ‘he drank the beer and he died’…

How’s this for passing on stories…?!

Penny Yon

 

 

Fascinated by the ways of passing on stories in lyrics, music and festivals in the BaTonga culture, three of the contributors to “The Women of the Great River” home in on Penny Yon’s and Esnart Mweemba’s descriptions of Tonga Music in clips 39 – 43 of the call-out playlist: The London-based painter, Alma Tischler Wood; the radio DJ and graphic artist, Terry Humphrey aka Trunkstore Arts, also from London; and the Austrian sound- and radio engineer and stage manager, Marcus C. Diess aka “Macussi” (his Tonga name).

 

'he drank the beer and he died" , painting/ digital print by Alma Tischler Wood

 

“he drank the beer and he died” – title of Alma Tischler Wood’s visual remix and, the lyrics of a Tonga song which Penny Yon introduces to us in clip 43 of the call-out playlist.

Alma Tischler Wood writes about her contribution:

‘I created digitally a pattern on the computer whilst listening to THE WOMEN OF THE GREAT RIVER (2) by radio continental drift. I was particularly impressed and amused by the subtle layers and rhythms of No. 43, Penny Yon’s Passing on Stories (…) I will create a painting (perhaps a series of paintings) of the pattern you can see on screen.’

A lyrics like “he drank the beer and he died” would be accompanied by a serial type of music, audio patterns as Penny Yon describes it, whereby drums beat the rhythm and the horns are each playing one note only and yet joining together in a musical pattern and composition – while the players would be at once dancing, sometimes running around, and the whole community being in motion…

A sample of BaTonga “Ngoma bontibe” music can be found on the Mulonga webpage (a composition by Siankwede Bokotela Mudenda; lyrics in ChiTonga/ English on the page, recorded in Siachilaba 1997, performed by the Simonga group); listen here

 

Lwiindi - photo M.C.Diess 2013

 

 

"BASKET" painting by Alma Tischler Wood

 

“…there’s a pattern and you can hear the pattern going and coming…”

Alma’s abstract composition seems to me working in a very similar way and manner. A pattern of same-size triangles in shades of grey tones (let’s say, the drums, “bontibe”) and primary colours (say, the horns, “nyele”) create music in motion before the eye. The triangle, by the way, is a sign and symbol common to many cultures on the continent and often used in decorative patterns such as on drums or on fabrics. The triangle stands for stability and balance.

 

Lwiindi_Speakers_cut - photo Marcus C Diess

 

 

The radio DJ and graphic artist, Terry Humphrey aka Trunkstore Arts in London created “Storyboard” (0:36) in contribution to “The Women of the Great River”. “Rapid listening and editing response,” Terry writes about his remix. The all-vocal piece could well function as a pattern, or a loop for a music, and dance – as it mainly draws on Esnarth’s chant from the Budima Ceremony which she sing as an example while telling about Budima. The piece also includes vocals from Penny Yon, Linda Mudimba, and Janet Mwiinde.

 

Budima - photo Basilwizi Bamulonga

 

Austrian sound- and radio engineer Marcus C. Diess created an intriguing musical encounter of women’s vocals from the call-out playlist and ambient recordings from the Lwiindi Festival, which “Macussi” (his Tonga name!) recorded on his visits to the Tonga community of Sinazongwe, Zambia in 2007 and 2013. In fact, Macussi’s skills were crucial in the establishment (2007) and technical updating (2013) of Zongwe Community Radio, as he was part of a team of community-radio-activists from Austria assisting Zongwe community in these tasks. Hear a broadcast by the station from 2007 about Lwiindi Ceremony.

 

 

Macussi aka Marcus C. Diess writes about his contribution:

“Recordings from my visits in Sinazongwe 2007 and 2013 (the Lwiindi Festival), Downloads from Continental drift . Hope Masike plays the Mbira Loops, the violine is played by Tony Stricker. Both live recorded in Bad Ischl 2014 by myself. Samples of a Kalimba played by me.”   Vocals from the call-out playlist include Penny Yon, Linda Mudimba, Janet Mwiinde, Agness Buya Yombwe, Esnart Mweemba, Barbara Mudimba and Viola Mwembe.

Do watch Macussi’s documentary to learn more about Zongwe Community Radio and the Lwiindi Festival of the Zambian Tonga in Sinasongwe. The first half of the film tells the story of Zongwe Community Radio; the second half, about the Lwiindi festival:

 

 

The film beautifully relates the BaTonga ritual during Lwiindi to go out on a boat on Lake Kariba and fetch water above the ancient Shines of the ancestors – now at the bottom of the lake. The women then carry the water in procession, accompanied by all the musicians with their drums, rattles and horns to the current Shines of the Chiefs male and female ancestors and share the water – together with locally brewed beer over the sacred burial grounds.

“The Tonga lost their land with the coming of Kariba but they have managed to retain much of their rich cultural heritage. The major threat has been the coming of some missions which preach that ngoma bontibe is of the devil. If these missionaries are to get their way and the Valley tonga are to stop performing their music, the Valley Tonga will finally have had everything stripped from them – even their unique cultural identity.”

For more about Tonga music, you may read the articles on the website of “Kunzwana”. I highly recommend the article by Keith Goddard “One man one note” from which the above quote is taken.

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Women Empowerment… in Binga remix

2015/12/15

… did you ask yourself about women’s liberation in the rural communities of Binga in Zimbabwe…?

The contributions by Sirpa Jokinen, audio artist from Finland, and by Yes Afrika Women’s Forum to “The Women of the Great River” call-out tell us about it – based on the stories brought to us by Rosemary Cumanzala, director of the women’s organisation Zubo Trust in Binga.

 

the new ZUBO

 

“…it’s taboo! I can’t allow my wife to be in the public…”

Zubo Trust began to work with the women of the community in conversational meetings with the husbands, sensitizing the men for women’s issues, that was the aim.

“…but why are the women not speaking…?”

once first steps were done and the women were attending the meetings, Zubo continued gentle inquiring in to the power structures that be…

“…Women Issues are women’s issues! There is no way a man can pretend to be a woman…!”

even the men were coming to this solution, Rosemary tells us in the recordings.

 

Rosemary at Hamm station

 

It is this story – clip10 of the call-out playlist – which Sirpa Jokinen embeds in a resonant scenario with her remix. Listen to Sirpa’s beautiful accentuation of Rosemary’s story of women’s empowerment in Binga:

 

 

Today many women in Zubo Trust’s economic empowerment projects are able to stand on their own feet, fend for themselves and their families.

“…the women of the Kapenta project are even employers of men…”

“…in some families, women became the breadwinners; the husbands are taking care of the children…”

 

the "old" ZUBO - photo: Zubo Trust

 

So goes the continuation of Rosemary’s story documented in the footage recordings of the Yes Afrika Women’s Forum.

Podcast 5, contributed by Yes Afrika Women’s Forum, features Rosemary’s story of women empowerment in Binga and places it in a triple frame: Rosemary’s conversation and exchange of experiences with members of Yes Afrika Women’s Forum in Germany in June 2015; the story of Zubo’s all-women-fishery project told by Rosemary’s junior colleague in Binga, Abbigal Muleya (recorded in Nov.2012); and, the history of the BaTonga’s displacement from the river (using clips 2, 3, 5, 10, 12, 14 and 56 of the call-out playlist).

 

 

Craft Centre - women empowerment

 

ZUBO Trust is a women-run organization working with the rural women of the Zambezi valley in Zimbabwe since 2009. Offices are in Binga and Bulawayo. Zubo Trust has accomplished well-recognized work in organizing the rural women, establishing producer collectives, securing women’s lively-hoods, and boosting their independence and self-esteem. One of Zubo’s pioneering initiatives is an all-women fishery project. Further projects include organic agriculture, developing cosmetic products and, the local crafts, especially basket weaving.

 

 

Abbigal Muleya talks about the work of Zubo Trust with the women in Binga to radio continental drift/ claudia wegener, in a recording from 2012 in Binga outside Basilwizi Office.

 

office Bailwisi - Kariba Lake

 

 

journey of listening towards the release of the CIRCE Family Album

2015/12/13

We are currently on a journey of listening, presenting all the contributions granted to us by international remix artists in response to “The Women of the Great River” playlist. This journey will lead us up to the release of the 2nd CIRCE Family Album on 7MNS Music on 19 December. Thank you Anna Stereopoulou for the beautiful opportunity of this journey together on board of CIRCE The Black Cut!
Thank you dear Co-travelers!


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Mothers of Education and Custodians of Culture

2015/12/09

 

…celebrated in sonic remix by the vocalist-lyricist-composer Ms. Soli Tii in Berlin, artists/ composer Joseph Ba aka BroodingSideofMadness and the music/ poetry duo Asymmetroi Faroi in Greece and, in visual remix by the painter, researcher and art teacher Agness Buya Yombwe, based in Livingstone, Zambia.

 

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These contributions celebrate the important social roles of mothers passing on indigenous culture and knowledge to their children and grandchildren and, ensuring with their hard daily work, often in subsistence farming, a basic education for their children.

 

 

This stands against the dark background of colonialism – of yesterday and today – leaving impoverished communities where education of girl children became a luxury and child marriages are frequent. Additionally, the histories of colonial interference and missionary work on the continent, often left an imprint of patriarchal social structures on post-independent nations; where possibly before, in matrilineal tribes of Southern Africa, women’s rights and economic independence were safeguarded in indigenous tradition.

 

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The remixes of Joseph Ba and Assymetroi Faroi lend resonance to Linda Mudimba’s “praise song” for her Mum. Linda Mudimba is a student of African languages and Communication at Lupane State University, Zimbabwe (or perhaps she is already working as a journalist writing in ChiTonga – as was her vision…); at the time of the recordings Linda was one of the National Volunteers with Basilwizi Trust in Binga.

 

 

 

From the call-out playlist, Ms. Soli Tii has chosen the voices of two women talking of their mother and grandmother and, something like the love and duty to the culture they inherited through their female elders… Esnart Mweemba (Zambia) talks about her mother’s special art of basket weaving; Simudenda Bertha (Zimbabwe) recounts learning the art of bead-making from her grandmother, now passing it on to her children; she adds an appeal to the Tonga people to value and appreciate their culture. The two tracks could be seen to represent the BaTonga both sides of the Zambezi, one people today separated by the man-made lake of Kariba.

 

 

Ms. Soli Tii herself has started a musical women’s project called the “World Women’s Project”, which as she writes on the website was inspired by “The Women of the Great River”; and is dedicated to the memory of her late mother.

 

red beads on the bed, painting from the Taboo series by Agness Buya Yombwe 2015


I’m delighted presenting the first contribution of an artist from the region to “The Women of the Great River” call-out, Agness Buya Yombwe in Livingstone Zambia. Agness’ paintings are a visual remix to clip 51 in the playlist, a recording in which Luyando and her aunt Janet talk about female initiation rights among the Tonga people in front of related artifacts at the BaTonga Museum in Binga. Here, Janet relates the women’s custom of placing red beads (which she’s usually wearing) on the bed, indicating to her husband that she’s in her menstrual cycle.

A warm thank you to ‪Anna Stereopoulou who created a beautiful page hosting ‪Agness Buya Yombwe art works and, the many stories around the images and source recordings.

In clip 54 of the Call-out playlist, you can hear Agness Buya Yombwe herself talking about her experience of listening to the recordings with Janet and Luyando in Binga.  It was there and then that Agness “promised” making a painting about what she had heard from Janet. 

 

Mbusa teachings - photo Agness Buya Yombwe

 

I played the Binga recordings to Agness, knowing her interest and research about indigenous cultures, and the “Mbusa” (female initiation rights) among the Bemba people in particular. The above photo shows the Mbusa teachings in process at Wayi Wayi Gallery’s permanent Mbusa installation room.

A Visual Artist, designer and art teacher from Lusaka, Agness founded and runs Wayi Wayi Art Studio & Gallery with her husband, the painter Laurence Yombwe, in Livingstone, Zambia.

 

Wayi Wayi on Aporee Maps

Colonial divide-and-rule stories… in remix

2015/12/04

 

“…I’m also fascinated by the Tonga people because they are marginalized like I am…”  (Penny Yon)

 

Zim flag Tyunga School

 

The remix by sound-artist Inge van den Kroonenberg transports Penny Yon’s story of a “mixed race” Zimbabwean to another level and, “extracts” the painful awakening of the people after independence that Colonialism was not over, but in fact continuing in new guises… – though, at least in Inge’s evocative remix, there’s a “tongue in cheek” too; things are never one-dimensional… Coffee may be one of the first and major goods extracted by European colonialists from the African continent – the noises of coffee-making sound like an explosion to a nearby microphone, carrying the history of an ongoing colonial exploitation…; but, “the ritual of coffee-making is bringing people together” to tell their stories…

 

 

Inge van den Kroonenberg writes about her remix:

“I put the original voice recording on microcassette and mixed it with my coffeepot coming to a boil. By moving the microphone and tape deck around the stove the sounds of voice, tape, gas and boiling coffee blend together in a distorted murmur. I choose these particular sounds and the social/economical/political issues they are linked to; gas extraction, transportation of coffee beans and (the history of) colonization as a situation that is still ‘boiling’. But I also wanted to refer to the ritual of coffee making and how it brings people together to share thoughts and conversation in an intimate and familiar way.”

 

Inge’s remix also resonates, to my ears, with the sounds of radio communication.. even Morse code at the start of the piece… and again, as with the sounds of coffee-making, there is a double edge to the history of radio broadcasts, as a tool of oppression, or one of liberation…

 

Zongwe FM in Sinazongwe Zambia - photo M.C.Diess

 

Zongwe Community Radio, a Zambian station across the Kariba Lake broadcasting into Zimbabwe since 2013 supported by Panos Southern Africa, Basilwizi Trust and the Zimbabwe Austrian Friendship Association. So the people in Binga can now hear programmes in ChiTonga broadcast by their “cousins” on the other side of Kariba Lake. In Zimbabwe itself community radio licenses though existing since 2000 have not yet been granted. The state-broadcaster ZBC occasionally airs programs in ChiTonga, but the radio signals cannot be received in Binga.

 

Geography class in Siachilaba Primary School

 

…we are on the grounds of Siachilaba Primary School in the Binga district of the Zambezi Valley… listening to a geography class under a tree…

a clip from the recording also features in the call-out playlist of “The Women of the Great River”

 

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A history of displacement… in sonic remix

2015/12/02

…told by Janet Mwiinde and Luyando Muyalali in Binga remixed by DJ and Radio Maker Lisa Greenaway aka LAPKAT in Australia

 

Damba ceremony 2012

 

It’s the history of displacement of the BaTonga from their ancestry land at the Zambezi, which Lisa Greenaway brings to resonate in her composition. In the original recording, Janet and Luyando are telling me about the meaning of a ritual whereby, during a public ceremony, a woman quietly went around the speakers splashing water from a bucket on the ground. Janet says, the water may refer to the Zambezi, life source of the Tonga people; and her nice Luyando adds that the water may be here a memorial gift to the ancestors, and especially those who lost their lives when the Kariba Dam was constructed by the colonial government and the rising water of the Zambezi flooded the ancestry land of the BaTonga.

 

 

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, Austrian Zimbabwe Friendship Association 

 

Damba- water ritual 3

 

As I first witnessed the ritual during a public ceremony in the village of Damba, I’d imagine that the water ritual may be part and parcel of many ceremonies among the BaTonga, including most probably initiation or weddings. The two songs in the remix belong to female initiation rites and wedding (as far as I’m aware…). One is sung by Janet Mwiinde, from, what’s now, the Zimbabwe side of Lake Kariba; the other, by Christine, Ester and Mtenda, three Tonga women from the Zambian shore of the Zambezi (though now living in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe).

 

Album 3

 

listen to the sounds of the “water ritual” at Damba Primary School

 

All Africa Sound Map - Damba Primary

“Binga nights” – Penny Yon in triple remix

2015/12/01

 

The nights, like all natural circumstances in Binga are strong powers demanding due respect from the rural community, “living according to nature”; “…make sure your cooking and your firers are done… because it is going to be dark!”

 

Kitchen inn the village of Tyunga, Binga Zimbabwe

 

The darkness of the night may stand as an images for the marginalized community of the BaTonga living on the northern edge of Zimbabwe, displaced from their ancestry land at the Zambezi by the colonial power’s construction of the Kariba Dam, now having to master life according to the arid nature of Zambezi valley’s higher regions.

 

 

 

And yet, this night is awe-inspiringly beautiful, the stars so close as “dropping out of the sky”… as the BaTonga are thrown back on to their forefathers’ rich cultural heritage and are shining a new light of resilience, cultural knowledge and development in to the darkness of history surrounding them…

 

Tyunga pupils, Binga Zimbabwe

 

Three of the international artists contributing to “The Women of the Great River” Call-out took inspiration from Penny Yon’s beautiful raving about the nights in Binga. The remix artists are Anna Leopolder, electronic artist in Germany; Jürgen de Blonde aka Köhn, electronic artist in Belgium; and Minneapolis radio producer Dixie Treichel.

 

 

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The musician and arts administrator Penny Yon lived for many years in Binga, shared the lives of the people there, while working as project coordinator of Kunzwana Trust and the Tonga Online project.

 

Penny Yon - photo by Brian Jerome Williams

 

Audio journey through Binga…

2015/11/28

on route to Binga 2

 

…imagine yourself sitting in one of the local combi-taxies, watching the dry bush-land flying past, and listening to the echo of the women telling about their lives, Tonga culture, the history of displacement, basket weaving and fishing… including also voices from the other side of Kariba Lake, like artist/ researcher, Esnart Mweemba… and Bulawayo painter, Nonnie Mathe telling about her Grandma’s basket weaving and the inspiration of Tonga culture to her art making…

Enjoy the journey of listening!

 

 

Barnaby Spigel, composer/ producer/ DJ from the UK, created this 30 Minutes composition embedding the first 27 clips of the call-out playlist in a beautiful “audio movie”.

 

 

With vocals by:

the musician and arts administrator Penny Yon, student Linda Mudimba; Barbara Mudimba, a basket weaver and Viola Mwembe at Binga Craft Centre (translating Barbara); Mary Munsaka (Tonga Song); the teacher, Florence Munsaka at Damba Primary School; Janet Mwiinde and Luyando Muyalali in front of artifacts at BaTonga Museum in Binga; Abbigal Muleya and Rosemary Cumanzala from the women’s organization ZUBO Trust in Binga; artist and researcher, Esnart Mweemba, who belongs to the Zambian Tonga; Christine Hankwebe (Basilwizi Trust) singing a Weddingsong together with her neighbours, Ester and Mtenda (Zambian Tonga in Bulawayo); and Bulawayo painter, Nonhlanhla Mathe.

Find the original playlist here

 

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Contributions to “The Women of the Great River”

2015/11/17

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We are delighted presenting here the names of international artists who contributed audio and visual remixes to “The Women of the Great River” call-out. We received 18 contributions by 16 artists of 11 countries; 15 sonic remixes by 14 contributors; two further contributors responded in a visual remix! 

In August 2015, radio continental drift had launched the open call for contributions in response to the newly released playlist “The Women of the Great River” which features “the story” of the Tonga people – 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.

On invitation of Athens composer, Anna Stereopoulou, we were partnering on this journey with CIRCE The Black Cut project.

Thank-you, also, to Anna Stereopoulou for inviting us on board of CIRCE The Black Cut project and initiating this exciting opportunity of joining many journeys and travellers in one moving moment of Listening. Thank you, dear co-travellers on the journey of listening!

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Here, now some lists of contributors and contributions; presentations of the contributions shall follow…

 

Contributors of Visual Remixes:

Agness Buya Yombwe, Zambia, “Cooking Taboo” and “Red Beads On The Bed” (feat Janet and Luyando)   •   Alma Tischler Wood, UK, “He drank the beer and he died” (feat Penny Yon)

Contributors of Audio Remixes:

Asymmetroi Faroi, Greece, “My mom” (feat Linda Mudimba)   •   Jürgen De Blonde [aka Köhn], Belgium, ‘It’s going to be dark’ (feat Penny Yon)    •    BroodingSideofMadness aka Joseph Ba, Greece, ‘Heart of Darkness’ (feat Linda Mudimba, ‘My mother’)   •    Crystal DJ Kwe Favel, Canada, ‘Tonga Anthem Remix’ (feat. Damba Students Welcome)   •   Macussi aka Marcus C. Diess, Austria, ’Lwiindi Water Fetching Remix’ (feat Penny Yon, Linda Mudimba, Janet Mwiinde, Agness Buya Yombwe, Esnart Mweemba, Barbara Mudimba and Viola Mwembe)   •   Dixie Treichel, USA, ‘Penny Yon – Southern Skies’ (feat Penny Yon) )   •  Lisa Greenaway aka LAPKAT, Australia, ’Water for the Spirits’ (feat Janet Mwiinde and Luyando Muyalali; Christine Hankwebe, and her neighbours Ester and Mtenda)    •    Terry Humphrey aka Trunkstore, “Storyboard” (feat Penny Yon, Linda Mudimba, Janet Mwiinde, Esnart Mweemba)    •     Sirpa Jokinen, Finland, ‘Rosemary’s Women’ (feat Rosemary Cumanzala)    •    Inge van den Kroonenberg, Netherlands, ‘COLONIAL HANGOVER / coming to a boil’ (feat Penny Yon)     •    Anna Leopolder, Germany, ‘Southern Skies’ original mix (feat. Penny Yon)    •    Ms Soli Tii, Germany/ Uk, ‘My Mums Basket’ (feat Esnart Mweemba) and ‘Simudenda Bertha’ (feat Simudenda Bertha)   •   Barnaby Spigel, UK, ’The Women of the Great River’ (feat clips 1 – 27 of the call-out playlist    •    Yes Afrika Women’s Forum, Germany, Podcast No.5 ‘Women Empowerment’ (feat Rosemary Cumanzala, Abbigal Muleya)

Contributors of the source recordings:

Simudenda Bertha, bead-making artist in Siachilaba, associated to Simonga musicians; Binga, Zimbabwe   •   Rosemary Cumanzala, director of the women’s organisation Zubo Trust in Binga, Zimbabwe    •   Christine Hankwebe, Administrator of Basilwizi Trust, Bulawayo Office, Zimbabwe, and her neighbours Ester and Mtenda (Wedding song)   •   Nonhlanhla Mathe, painter based at National Gallery/ Studios, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe    •    Linda Mudimba, student of African languages and Communication, Lupane State University, Zimbabwe; (earlier National Volunteer with Basilwizi Trust)    •    Abbigal Muleya, linguist, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the women’s organization Zubo Trust in Binga, Zimbabwe    •    Florence Munsaka, teacher at Damba Primary School, Binga Zimbabwe    •    Mary Munsaka, Tonga Song, Damba, Binga Zimbabwe    •    Barbara Mudimba, Basket weaving artists, Binga, Zimbabwe    •    Luyando Muyalali, student of African languages and culture at Gweru University    •    Janet Mwiinde, community elder in Damba, Binga district, Zimbabwe   •   Viola Mwembe, sales assistant at Binga Craft’s Centre, Zimbabwe    •   Esnart Mweemba, artist, designer, researcher, educator; previously Choma Museum; Zambia     •    Sihle Ndlovu, Student at Gweru University, Zimbabwe; (earlier National Volunteer with Basilwizi Trust)    •    Pupils of Damba Primary School (2012), Binga, Zimbabwe   •    Penny Yon, musician and arts administrator at Pamberi Trust/ Book Café Harare; Harare, Zimbabwe    •    Agness Buya Yombwe, visual artist, designer, researcher, educator based at Wayi Wayi Studio and Gallery, Livingstone Zambia.

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THE WOMEN OF THE GREAT RIVER

2015/08/15

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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

Rosemary listening

 

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

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