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Breaking Barriers – DJ Kwe unites indigenous women in music

2019/04/24

Crystal DJ Kwe Favel “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga” album was released in early April 2016. Kwe’s dance tracks of electronic drum music are dedicated to the Tonga people in Binga Zimbabwe.

Kwe herself belongs to the Cree and Metis, indigenous people of BC Canada. DJ Kwe – that is, “DJ native woman” [pronounce: kway] – listened to many of the 2012 recordings from Binga by radio continental drift; she heard her relations and ancestors speak in the Voices of Binga:

This is the story of my people…” she wrote to me, “i want to make an album of my music dedicated to the Tonga women…”. And she did…

Award ceremony at Damba Primary School 2012

Radio Remixes Voices of Binga” went public the very day I took off to Binga to join Zubo Trust women on the journey to their own media production. “Women document women stories” is an oral history collection recorded by Zubo women in their villages, communities and Women Forums.

When I traveled around Lake Kariba to join women producers at Zongwe FM in Zambia, oral history became “radio active” and Binga women recordings built a radio-bridge between Tonga communities both sides of the Zambezi.

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DJ Kwe’s dance tracks were part and parcel of these three-in-one journeys. Her music joint women across frontiers in listening to each others stories, uniting indigenous knowledge from Canada and Zimbabwe in contemporary dance tracks, and marrying oral-history-in-remix to contemporary electronic media and music.

 

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Prior to the release of “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”, and starting from Kwe’s first contact to me, another amazing, but much more hidden journey unfolded… The album was produced in a year long email and listening correspondence between DJ Kwe’s studio on the West coast of Canada and my attic room somewhere on the Eastern edge of the Ruhr-Valley in Germany.

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The journey here unfolds entirely between two pairs of ears and imaginations. Crystal would choose the tracks which spoke to her most clearly and which she wanted to remix; send me her tracks packaged in her thoughts and descriptions of musical elements; I would listen, and listen again, and write comments, recommend different or related recordings, highlight certain excerpts, and package it all with my storytelling of local experiences in Binga and bits of ChiTonga knowledge.

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In finalising the Album, DJ Kwe wrote letters of appreciation and gratitude to all the vocals featured in “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”. Displayed here in image are the letters for tracks 2 and 9 both addressed to Abbigal Muleya, at the time monitoring- and evaluations officer with Zubo Trust.

 

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Abbi tells the story of the traditional team work of Tonga women, how it can even break barriers for women, and how it came to stand at the very centre of Zubo women’s work.

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Download the Letters of Appreciation From DJ Kwe

During my stay in Binga in 2016, I made an effort that the letters, appreciation, and music of DJ Kwe reached firstly those who were featured in the music. This included a visit to Siachilaba Primary School meeting Mr Kelias (former Head of School; track 4, The Baobab Tree) and Jossam Munkuli, keeper of the horns of Tonga Simonga musicians (track 14 Revitalise our culture).

 

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Together with Luyando Muyalali (tracks 10 and 14), we walked the 8 km from Manjolo to her native Damba. The Tonga Anthem included in the album’s first track was sung by children of Damba Primary School and recorded during an award ceremony under the tree…

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Mrs Chilowana Senior Teacher – it is not so easy for the girls…

2019/04/05

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Sinazongwe Primary School was established in 1958 – i.e. at the time of the forced resettlement of the Tonga people. Over the 50 years since it was established, the school didn’t have one female head teacher… as Mrs Chilowana tells us.

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Mrs Chilowana has been in the teaching services for 25 year; the past 10 years as a Senior Teacher at Sinazongwe Primary/ Secondary School. In the interview, we ask Mrs Chilowana to give us a little insight in to the life of a woman in employment and public service in the rural areas of Sinazongwe district. In the first track, Mrs Chilowana tells a bit of her own story…

It’s not so easy…”

In the main part of the interview, we ask Mrs Chilowana to describe for us the social expectations on girl children in the community and how these community customs translate in to challenges in young women’s lives and education…

Girls are expected to do much of the home chose…”

There are various programmes in place to sensitize the community, lighten the plight of the girls and take steps of changing community habits. In the last part of the interview, Mrs Chilowana describes some of the “moderate changes” and tells us i.a. about the activities of the Guidance Office, a re-entry policy to school for young mothers and the involvement of the various stakeholders in the area.

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One of our responses to the situation Mrs Chilowana describes in her interview was “Basimbi Radio” – radio with and for girls, a special venture throughout the school holidays in August with weekly workshops and live shows. Music: DJ Kwe

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The Radio-Bridge Compilation has some powerful tracks, tools for us, that we often played in our Basimbi Radio shows like this remix by Feralmind (London woman DJ) based on a recording by Zubo Trust’s Margaret Munkuli of Labecca singing a warning song for girls…

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Radio-Bridge Compilation in local off-line/ on-air recasts

2018/08/01

20180711_145439The Radio-Bridge Compilation is moving with us on the ground. It’s being re-cast and broadcast by the hands and voices of the Zongwe FM Team as we push on together.

20180712_163646A special edition of 100 CD has been produced in a process of local fundraising and community mobilisation for Sinazongwe Community Radio.

20180719_173854The Radio-Bridge Compilation received a celebratory local launch with a Zongwe Family Broadcast and a Concert with local musicians, the School Choir of Sinazongwe Primary/Secondary and Culture Groups.

20180719_172955We received and aired messages of support by Mario (Freies Radio Salzkammergut), Nervious (@Panos) and Petronella (@Phoenix FM). Zongwe’s announcers were wearing t-shirts of Zongwe’s partner radio @Freies Radio Salzkammergut in Austria.

20180720_175228The Radio-Bridge Concert was graced even by a very special visiter: Zubo Trust’s Matron Muleya joint the event from Binga across the Lake and national border. Zubo Trust and Zongwe FM are the pillars of the Radio-Bridge across the Zambezi for the Tonga Communities of the Valley. It’s the voices of Zubo and Zongwe women which resonate in the vocals of the Radio-Bridge Compilation.

20180720_171937And indeed radio-bridging across the Zambezi is continuing as we speak while Matron carries recordings of the concert and broadcasts to the Zimbabwe side of the Valley. We are hearing that Zubo women have been listening and received the recordings as if live radio !!

20180720_174425In the meantime, building work on purpose-build studios for Zongwe FM is progressing with participation of the expanded radio team and exemplary support by local government.

20180721_171507A jingle for the Radio-Bridge Concert. International co-production by Zongwe DJ Nosiko and “Mukuwa Mutinta” with music from the compilation by Italian composer Valerio Orlandini and vocals by Zubo Trust’s Donor Ncube.

Sales of the compilation will benefit radio-makers in training both sides of the Zambezi !

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Radio Solidarity

2018/06/29

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While the tracks of the Radio-Bridge Compilation are reaching local grounds at present, a radio remix on the compilation joins us in solidarity from Australia.

“This is a Radio-Bridge across the Zambezi and the World….” The power of radio connects the local and the global in the presence of our shared listening, that’s what I hear resonating across DJ Lapkat’s radio remix. DJ LAPKATinvites us on a journey of listening with a beautifully woven mix of selected tracks from the compilation and, in doing so adds yet another continent to the Radio-Bridge. Much love n respect LAPKAT for applying her skillful listening to the Radio-Bridge interactions.

With, Bina Annette, Budima musicians, Canary Burton, Cesko and Milla,  Chiza N Mwinde, Claudia Wegener/ radio continental drift, Crystal Kwe FavelDemetrio Cecchitelli, disquetteïs, Dixie Treichel, Donor Ncube, Duo IJ / Inge van den Kroonenberg and Jürgen De Blonde , Erika Preisel / Freies Radio Salzkammergut, Eunice Mwinde and her grandmother, Feralmind, Georg Ritter, Godsglory Nk Jibril-ellams , Ifrah Mansour, Ilpo Jauhiainen, John Barber, Kariyangwe Women’s Forum, Konrad Behr, Labecca Munkuli, Lucia Munenge, Lydia Banda Ndeti,  Lydia Lness Akwabi MC aka L-NESS, Macdonald Chiemezie Nwokeji / FRS, Margaret Munkuli and her mother, Monica Kindness Siabunkululu / DJ Mo, Mweezya and Mweeka Women Clubs, Niki Matita, Simatelele Women’s Forum, Thomas R. Miller aka Comrade Squelch, Tusumpuke Saving Group and Nsenga Women’s Club, Patience Kabuku/ DJ Petty Young, prOphesy sun, Tuligwasye Women, Valerie Vivancos, Valerio Orlandini, Zoe IrvineZubo Trust and Zongwe FM; COVER ART: Trunkstore Arts

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Hear and Support : The Radio-Bridge Compilation

2018/05/05

In team with radio-makers at Zongwe FM and the women of Zubo Trust, we are proudly presenting a compilation of radio remixes produced by international artists and radio-makers in response to audio/radio actions both sides of the Zambezi.

A Radio-Bridge created of 23 music tracks, by more than 50 contributors from 17 countries awaits you. Join us and enjoy listening!

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The Compilation is a fundraiser for new project activities this year:

All proceeds from the compilation’s online sales will benefit radio-makers in training both side of the Zambezi, in Sinazongwe Zambia and Binga Zimbabwe. Twalumba loko! twalumba maningi ! thank you for your radiating solidarity !

with: Bina Annette, Budima musicians, Canary Burton, Cesko and Milla, Chiza Mwinde, Claudia Wegener/ radio continental drift, Crystal DJ Kwe Favel, Demetrio Cecchitelli, disquetteïs, Dixie Treichel, Donor Ncube, Duo IJ / Inge van den Kroonenberg and Jürgen De Blonde , Erika Preisel / FRS, Eunice Mwinde and her grandmother, Feralmind, Georg Ritter, Godsglory JibrilEllams, Ifrah Mansour, Ilpo, John Barber, Kariyangwe Women’s Forum, Konrad Behr, Labecca Munkuli, Lucia Munenge, Lydia Banda Ndeti, Lydia Akwabi MC aka L-NESS, Macdonald Chiemezie Nwokeji / FRS, Margaret Munkuli and her mother, Monica Sianbunkululu/ DJ Mo, Mweezya and Mweeka Women Clubs, Niki Matita, Simatelele Women’s Forum, Tom Miller aka Comrade Squelch, Tusumpuke Saving Group and Nsenga Women’s Club, Patience Kabuku/ DJ Petty Young, prOphesy sun, Tuligwasye Women, Valerie Vivancos, Valerio Orlandini, Zoe Irvine, Zubo Trust and Zongwe FM;    PRODUCTION: radio continental drift

COVER ART: Trunkstore arts

Some background:

The BaTonga, the people of the Great River lost their ancestry when the Zambezi Valley was flooded to construct Kariba dam and lake in a 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 can hear resonate across he Radio-Bridge Compilation and the original recordings which featured in the call-out playlist.

You are most welcome to get in touch with us.

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For more information you may also consult the websites of our partners:

Zubo Trust;  Freies Radio Salzkammergut;  Radio Fro;  Tonga Online

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Download : Spendenaufruf (deutsch)

Download: free audio fundraiser

You may also support our broadcast training this year via: 

Baobab e.V.; Netzwerk für kulturelle Vielfalt und Nord-Süd Entwicklung; Stichwort: „Sambesi Radio“; IBAN: DE67 4306 0967 4103 8566 00; BIC: GENODEM1GLS; GLS Bank; www.baobab-ev.org

 

 

Radio-Bridge (pre-release)

2018/04/20

Together with the team of radio-makers at Sinazongwe Community Radio, Zongwe FM and the women of Zubo Trust in Binga, we are proud and happy launching a special pre-release track, remix gift by DJ Kwe to the forthcoming compilation “Radio-Bridge across the Zambezi”.

A compilation of 24 tracks by more than 50 contributors from 17 countries is awaiting you.

Enjoy the listening and Stay Tuned!

All proceeds from the compilation’s online sales will benefit radio-makers in training both side of the Zambezi. Twalumba loko, thank you! for your resonant solidarity!


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