Archive for the ‘Voices from Bulawayo’ Category

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

 

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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 

 

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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).

 

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

 

All Africa Sound Map - Damba Primary

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Women Artists from Zambia and Zimbabwe raising their voices

2014/10/14

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a special playlist released on the occasion of

Sound::Gender::Feminism::Activism 

October 16th – 17th 2014, London College of Communication/ CRiSAP, UAL

The playlist (audio: 35 minutes, 33 tracks, 78 MB) listen and download: 

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featuring clips of recordings with:

Artists of the Zambia Popular Theatre Alliance (ZAPOTA ); the playwright Mulenga Kapwepwe; the poet Blackheat DeShanti and Band; the cultural activist Ruvimbo Tenga; the Thandanani Women’s Ensemble; the writer Virginia Phiri; the broadcaster and poet Soneni Gwizi; the dancer, musician and actress Thembi Ngwabi; the late Mbira Star Chiwoniso Maraire; the writer and filmmaker Joyce Jenje Makwenda; the broadcaster and gender activist Mavis Moyo; the linguist and gender activist Abbigal Muleya (ZUBO Trust); members of the DMI Women Groups Chipata; the filmmaker Priscilla Sithole; the DJ Petronella Kalimbwe; the poet Linda Gabriel; the poet and actress Sithandazile Dube.

Our call-out for your contributions:

Hallo listeners, participants of SGFA and sista comrades in the arts!

We are inviting you to use the archived recordings of women artists from Zambia and Zimbabwe. Choose one of the women’s voices from the archive and mix it with recordings of your own. Please send us your 2-3 minutes remixes by the end of this year (upload online and post us the link). Your contributions will be part of an online playlist and special radio show that we want to publish documenting and celebrating this cross-continental audio correspondence.

We are here in our sound and voices!

Download the playlist cover and call-out here

2014/07/26

Radio as Art website

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Celebrating Women’s Creativity and Resilience

2014/03/11

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Hallo Listeners, you are welcome! Joining worldwide celebrations of International Women’s Day 2014, we release a 30 minutes album of songs and dances from the online audio archive – celebrating women’s creativity and resilience “at both sides of the Zambezi” and elsewhere!

You can listen to and download each individual track or, download the entire playlist as a ZIP file from its page on the Internet Archive: here.       (30 minutes, 15 tracks, 80 MB)

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you can also download the cover here:  

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Or, you can hit the All Africa Sound Map, go on a journey of listening and assemble your own celebratory playlist of women stories, poems and songs… here !    Enjoy listening & celebrate with the women!

 

Our women’s media project needs your support!

2013/11/12

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We are calling for your generous support to our crowd-funding campaign which ends on 25th November 2013 !

We are Priscilla Sithole, a filmmaker from Bulawayo and Claudia Wegener, a German sound- and radio artist. Together, we are working towards a women-driven film- and media project. We want to train young women in Bulawayo as instructors in film-production and creative media. African women are still to become active participants in the so called “global information age”. THE WOMEN SING AT BOTH SIDES OF THE ZAMBEZI celebrates the power of storytelling, and the creativity of African women and places them – literally – on the global map with our online pages like the All Africa Sound Map.

The money you donate to this campaign will help us to produce a CD and DVD publication to showcase the project’s resulting films and audio recordings. A majority of our local contributors and audiences have still little to no access to the Internet and the online audio-resources of our project. Hardcover publications are  as important as local screening events of our films to reach our audiences in Zimbabwe itself.

Special thank-you gifts will be sent to all our supporters!

Please join us and support our project today !

Click to download flyer (english)

Click to download flyer (german)

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Digital Storytelling, Field recordings & Sound Art

2013/10/29

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With an enthusiastic and active audience, all cultural producers in their own right, we produced an impromptu sound-piece together, edited it in the open source software Audacity and uploaded the track to the All Africa Sound Map. Don’t miss sharing your own local recordings of African arts and culture HERE on the map!

All Africa Sound Map

Click here to hear us on the Global Map

QnA about the ALL AFRICA SOUND MAP

2013/09/13

  sounding worldmap copyHallo Listeners! For those of you who wish to know more about the ALL AFRICA SOUND MAP and our women film- and media project in Bulawayo, here is a freshly pressed QnA about it, a conversation among two practitioners of listening, Felicity Ford, editor of “The Domestic Soundscape”, and Claudia Wegener, radio continental drift. 

click here to read the article

The piece with images and sound wants to shed light on the uses and possibilities of the ALL AFRICA SOUND MAP as a new platform for an interactive archiving of African arts and culture, and especially as a place for women to share their stories and knowledge.

And here an article for German readers, published in the local daily the “Westfaelischer Anzeiger” before my departure to Zimbabwe.

ALL AFRICA SOUND MAP

2013/07/21

CONTRIBUTE YOUR LOCAL RECORDINGS AND PLACE AFRICAN ARTS AND CULTURE ON THE GLOBAL MAP.

All Africa Sound Map 2We invite all listeners, and especially our sista artists and storytellers in Africa and across the globe to build with us a sound-library of storytelling on the All Africa Sound Map by contributing your local recordings from wherever you are. Click here to contribute your recordings to the All Africa Sound Map. 

Call to Listeners from

THE WOMEN SING AT BOTH SIDES OF THE ZAMBEZI

Where are you African names?

2013/05/18

               … in which clouds are you buried ?  The Black Poet  

 

Charity Nyelele · Ntando Gumbo · Sihle Ndlovu · Lindatumune Nyono Mudimba ·  Abigal Muleya · Barbara Mudimba & Viola · Janet & Luyando · Luyando Muyalali · Tyunga Women Drama Group · Florence Musaka · Mary Munsaka · Sophia Mutebele · the Pupils of Damba Primary School · Margret M Moombe · Sialwindi aka Jossam Munkuli · Peter Mungombe · Siamudenda Bertha · Mr Mwinde Kelias · Mrs Banda Zilas · Multeya Elita · Jos Martens · Christine Hankwebe · Ester Michero · Mtenda Luvinda · Rosie Ndebele · Sharon Sithole · Nothando Mpofu · Cont Mhlanga ·  Thembi Ngwabi · Priscilla Sithole · Hope Ranganayi · Thembele Hlachayo & Juliette Markara ·  Nonhlanhla Mathe · Sithandazile Dube · Ericah Gwetai · Soneni Gwizi · Angela Jimu · Annie Mpalume · Bella Katherine Tapezicier · Mavis Moyo · John Masuku ·  Anna Miti · Annah Mushaninga · Rudo Machairo · Rumbizai Dube · Vivienne Marara · Anesu Katerere · Penny Yon · Batsirai Chigama · Dudu Manhenga · Chiwoniso Maraire · Nancy Mukondyo aka Blackheat DeShanti · More Blessings Size · Ngonidzashe Tawiwa aka Upmost · Linda Gabriel · Mbizo Chiracha aka The Black Poet · Babara Breeze Anderson · Elizabeth aka Zaza Muchemwa · Joyce Jenje Makwenda · Virginia Phiri · Tashinga Matindike-Gondo · Currage Zvikomborero Chinokwetu · Ruvimbo Tenga · Faith Dube · Vimbai Y. Mapanda ·  Tina Rolfe · Sharon Mukebo · Thabit Gambire · Shieza Mzeza · Mayoba Aluta Gwaba · Pamela Ela Nyambe Kalimukwa · Kunda Mando ·  Mrs Namunkolo · Mrs Chitalunyama · Petronella M Kalimbwe · Chipego · Felistas Chipako Nwaneri · Mwaka Nyimbili · Mulenga Kapwepwe · Mulenga Mulenga · Zenzele Chulu · Tutu Matilda Mfumu ·  Mary Mutinta Manzole · Tasila Phiri · Yande Yombwe · Salome Nakazwe · Nicholas · Precious M. K Mungambata · Marilyn Kabalere · Rita · Yvonne Sishuwa aka Winter · Peter Nawa · Lydia Mwale · DMI women groups ·  Sitali Mayamba · Victoria Beenzu · Lorraine Hamusonde · Bellon Chintombwa · Esnart Mweemba · Patrick Mweemba · Yvonne Ndaba ·  Agness Buya Yombwe · Mwenya Muyeba · Barney Kanjela

Note: The page allows a quick overview and access to the archive of THE WOMEN SING AT BOTH SIDES OF THE ZAMBEZI at its current stage of uploading. It will be updated regularly with the new links. Links embedded in the first part of a name lead to a sample listening. Links embedded in the second part of the name to the playlist for the entire interview or recording.

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An audio archive in the making…

2013/04/28

THE WOMEN SING AT BOTH SIDES OF THE ZAMBEZI

Janet listening to her interviewHallo Listeners! Welcome to “The Women Sing at Both sides of the Zambezi”, an archive of life-story-telling established by African women for their sisters, and brothers, near and far. More than 70 interviews with women in Arts, Culture and Media from Zambia and Zimbabwe are awaiting uploading. Each week more links to on-line audio will be shared via the project blog. The collections from Binga, Bulawayo, Harare, Kitwe, Livingstone, Lusaka, Masvingo, Mazabuka and Monze are a beginning. The archive is open … and the Zambezi is a long stream… For more details and how you can join, read here

You are welcome to join our facebook group for updates 


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