if you want to go far…

2017/01/22

If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.”

This proverb is known in many countries of Southern Africa. The women of Zubo Trust practice its wisdom, and follow with it a long tradition among the BaTonga women to work in teams.

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Crystal DJ Kwe Favel eternalised the wisdom and voices of women from Binga in an amazing Album of dance tracks “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”.

Team Work”, track 9 of the Album features Abbigal Mumpande nee Muleya in a recording from 2012 by radio continental drift. Abbigal, Zubo’s Monitoring- and Evaluations Officer at the time, now serves her community as the Arts, Culture and Heritage Officer of the Ministry of Rural Development in Binga.

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In a letter of appreciation to Abbigal Mumpande, DJ Kwe writes:

“It was my hope to highlight the traditional ways women work together. It’s imperative we maintain our rights as women, not only traditionally, but also as equity workers in this modern world. Women must work in teams to become successful, regardless of race. We believe women are sacred but the modern world has stripped us of ways to protect our inherent rights as Aboriginal Women. This track was meant to inspire a group of women to work simultaneously, together with efficiency. It was important to demonstrate the intricate process that your team showcases as you work in unison standing beside each other. But most of all, I wanted to give you your water back in order to maintain these traditional practices. As Aboriginal Women, we are called Water Keepers. It is our role to maintain water during ceremonies, feast and conferences. Men are the Fire Keepers, as you notice, Water can smother the Fire, if the Fire gets unruly…lol. Our roles are defined by the medicines we carry.”

In her music, DJ Kwe joins the joy of song and dancing with the deep wisdom of indigenous knowledge. Belonging to the Cree and Metis Nation, the indigenous population of Canada, DJ Kwe’s art of healing in “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga” embraces the stories and histories of indigenous people across continents. We are invited to join the joyous moment of unity in dance and listening.

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Music Sample Description:

Weaving – Allows women to have sharing circles. What is said in the circle is left in the circle.

Tonga Women are Teams, shown through intergenerational support.

Women worked as teams only, supporting, working and weaving.

Weaving has a double meaning – weaving baskets – weaving in the water to catch fish.

You needed to be a team! We should take this advice worldwide, it’s the only way we overcome the titans.

Flute – We mirror this experience through weaving, webbing and beading in Canada. Through Unity we have a new harmony – breaks in track – it all comes together. Zubo is a Tonga name – Critical info for this tribes’ subsistence.

Used the genre Breaks, as more of a chain link song, the beat down, dipping baskets into the water, in uniform, in parts and together. The kicks, snare, juggling beats, mirrors the bending, lifting, carrying and repeat when fishing.

The Flute – We weave together throughout the world, you are never alone.

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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 proceed go to project work with women in Binga via Zubo Trust and Basilwizi Trust.

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Download the Press Release for “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”

pictures from Zubo’s Women’s Forum in Chinonge, from International Women’s Day in Binga 2016 and “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga” poster with Donna and Matron at Zubo office in Binga

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Women Team-Working

2017/01/17

Some of our first steps on the ground in Binga were to join Zubo in visiting the Women Forums in the six Wards that Zubo is working.

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The women of Zubo’s Forums are doing fantastic work in their local communities. They are assisting women to come and work together as teams, often as saving and lending groups realizing income-generating projects, they pass on training of workshops for example on business skills, they debate issues affecting women and seek for solutions or for further help and, they share community work among the vulnerable members of their communities. A focus of the women’s local work consists in supporting and mentoring girl children. 

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The Women Forums and their communities are often far off the “beaten track” … as you can see when following our steps on the sound maps of aporee radio.

Songs build togetherness, move team-work, release stress, pass on messages and teachings. Every meeting begins and ends with prayer and songs.

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This is how it sounds when the women of Chinonge Women’s Forum are presenting their project work and debating local issues… listen…

At each of those local meetings with the women, we also introduced Zubo’s documentation project, “Women Documenting Women Stories”; we explained what the project involved and what we hoped to achieve with it. Listen to such a presentation at Sikalenge.

In one of our radio shows, at Zongwe FM, across the lake in Sinazongwe Zambia, we introduce the work of Zubo’s Women Forums. Here you can find the playlist of our radio show, a sampler of our recordings with the Women Forums.

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ZUBO Trust is a Women’s Organisation based in Binga working with and for the rural women of the Zambezi valley in Zimbabwe since 2009. Zubo has become widely recognized for its successful work empowering the rural women in income-generating projects, which utilize the natural resources of the remote area such as Fish, Kapenta, Ilala, Baobab or Moringa. In 2012 Zubo made national and international headlines by launching the first Women Fishery Project on the Kariba Lake.

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2016/11/09

…since April, we have been treading a favorite bit of earth again…

the sand roads of Binga Zimbabwe in particular…

very active listening work has kept us under ground since

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but, we are scratching the surface of “the world” by now…

ground- and underground radio work with the women of Zubo Trust in Binga has been growing on-air wings…

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thanks to women on the other side of the Zambezi /Lake Kariba and thanks to Zongwe FM, community radio in Sinazongwe Zambia

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you may listen to our steps in to the audible world HERE

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or, catch up with us, elsewhere… like

in pictures here

or, on the Zubo website here

 

 

All Female Production Team Shines on International Women’s Day

2016/03/08

 

 

In Celebration of Women and their Creative Contribution to Society! 

the forthcoming Album is staring young BaTonga Women in the Vocals. 

Lets dance together, join hands across the globe and share in to the wisdom of indigenous knowledge!

 

Crystal DJ Kwe Favel

Crystal DJ Kwe Favel of Wax Warriors Record Label has partnered up with Claudia Wegener of Radio Continental Drift to release “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga” Electronic Drum Music Album this March 31, 2016.

Can you name an album completely produced from start to finish by women? In most cases, “no!” Not only have the radio samples have been recorded, collected and produced by Claudia, but DJ Kwe has also recorded, produced, engineered and mastered the entire album.

These female electronica artists even tear down international barriers as Ms. Favel is located in Canada and Claudia currently resides in Germany. When you combine both their portfolios, they have over 30 years of experience combined overachieving in a male-dominated technology industry. Their album promises to introduce another method to “preserve Oral Traditions, Ancient Languages and Indigenous Teachings through Aboriginal Electronica On The Rise.

Stay tunes as you watch history in the making, or…

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A luggage of equipment for women in Binga

2016/03/01

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Can you help add some funds to this equipment…? We are still lacking resources for the women’s subsistence during the multimedia training. The task is for the women to learn documenting their own work, daily live and culture of the Tonga people, and ultimately, to promote and market their local products, such as Tonga baskets, dried fish, soap from Jatropha oil or Baobab Juice.

We are currently running a fund-raiser in Germany supported by FUgE and Welthaus Bielefeld. Find the call-out (in German), further information and contact here: Spendenaufruf Zubo Trust Zimbabwe.

The project and its background:

Over the past five year, the local women’s organisation Zubo Trust has established successful economic empowerment projects securing the livelihood and self-reliance of women in rural Binga, Northern Zimbabwe. However, hardly anything of all this is known to outsiders. The BaTonga have been a marginalised community for long and Binga is far away from the country’s urban centres like Bulawayo and Harare.

Radio continental drift is soon joining the women of Zubo Trust in Binga as a “multimedia volunteer”. The media project with the women has been in the planning for more than a year. Recently, funds for some equipment could be procured from the German Boeckler Foundation/ Solidarity FundNow, subsistence of the women is our big worry – even more so, since Binga is badly effected by the current drought in Southern Africa.

All incoming funds from our call-out will be used to reimburse the women who participate in the media project and to help with the subsistence of those who wish to learn taking documentation and promotion in to their own hands for the benefit of the local community.

Here, you can listen to a podcast produced by African Women in Germany, which tells about the Tonga people and the women of Zubo Trust.

With your support, the women in Binga will soon be able producing their own podcasts and showcase their work and products on their website. Keep in touch with them here: http://www.zubo.org Thanks for listening and for your support!

Twalumba! from the women in Binga!

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Swedish Radio features Remixes

2016/02/14

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We are delighted about the announcement by Lisa Wall​, producer at Swedish National Radio, that the playlist of “Sonic cross-cultural exchanges” will feature in the Elektroniskt i P2​ show on Sunday 21st February 2016, CET 20:00.

The playlist features work by the following artists:
Sarah Washington (Germany, UK) – Annie Mpalume​ (Zimbabwe)
Gaël Segalen​ (France) and Pamela Kenmoé (US) – Chiwoniso Maraire; Linda Gabriel​; Ruvimbo Tenga​ (Zimbabwe); Zambia Popular Theatre Alliance (ZAPOTA)
DJ Kat Bpm​ (UK) – Soneni Sonny Gee Gwizi​; Virginia Phiri​ (Zimbabwe)
Felicity Ford​ (UK) – Esnart Mweemba​ (Zambia)
Patricia Walsh (UK) – Joyce Jenje Makwenda​ (Zimbabwe)
Dixie Treichel​ (US) – Mavis Moyo (Zimbabwe)
Dinah Bird​ (France) – Mavis Moyo (Zimbabwe)
Valerie Vivancos​ (France) – Mavis Moyo; Thandanani Women’s Ensemble (Zimbabwe)
Jordan Thomas​ (Canada) – Mulenga Kapwepwe (Zambia)
Luiza Schulz (Brazil, Austria) “Pontos de Escuta”
Antye Greie (Finland) – Ruvimbo Tenga (Zimbabwe)
Donna Maya​ (Germany) – Soneni Gwizi (Zimbabwe)
Danny Thompson​ (UK) – Soneni Gwizi; Virginia Phiri; Thembi Ngwabi (Zim.); Petronella Mkandawire​ (Zambia)
Anna Stereopoulou​ (Greece) – Virginia Phiri (Zimbabwe)
Sirpa Jokinen​ (Finland) – Virginia Phiri (Zimbabwe)
Inge van den Kroonenberg​ and “the Genetic Choir​” (Netherlands) – Virginia Phiri (Zimbabwe)
Additional:
DJ Xyramat [special remix for her radio show on Freies Sender Kombinat​ dedicated to the playlist on 8 May 2015]
Radio Continental Drift “Zambezi Women Call-out” (initial sonic call-out) Nov.2014

 

Lisa Wall, producer of the Elekctroniskt, a radio show dedicated to sound art, electronic  and electroacoustic music wrote to us:

“…We think this is a wonderful project – but even more important – it’s really good music! We are very much looking forward to introducing it to our audience. Please feel free to like our page and/or get in touch with me/us if you want to participate with more music – we are always listening for new wonderful stuff from around the globe.”

 

CIRCE’s feast for ears and eyes

2016/01/07

 

Anna Stereopoulou, Athens’ composer and founder of CIRCE the Black Cut project has published a richly beautiful AV report of CIRCE’s events in Athens, 19 – 22 December 2015.  

The exhibitions, concerts, listening events and broadcasts were the celebratory Finale of an exciting joint journey which began in August 2015 with CIRCE’s call for remixes on the subject of “Bees” and radio continental drift’s call-out “The Women of the Great River”.

 

 

Here I just pull together a few AV quotes from Anna’s report for you as a teaser to go on your own stroll across the resources of Anna’s pages. The two images include visual remixes to “The Women of the Great River” by Alma Tischler Wood and Agness Buya Yombwe.

The opening event on 19 December saw the release of the “CIRCE Family” Album 2015, called VOX [voice; out/ cry]. The Album gathers all remix-responses to the two sister-call-outs by 46 international artists of 15 countries in 28 tracks to One Voice “VOX” (as Anna’s subtitle poignantly suggests).

 

 

VOX invites us on an adventurous journey of listening in which Bees and BaTonga Women will be our guides. As they sing of the micro-cosmos, which is home to them, they allow us unknown glimpses of Cosmos at large and surprising, sometimes painfully familiar perspectives on our-selves and, “our” “World”.

 

 

Remixes are natural; will say, our audio remixes only echo the movements of Nature as it lives, breathes, survives, acts and communicates in ever new remixes of it’s resources – given “We”/ “Man”/ “the human animal” doesn’t grossly interfere in the Cosmos (=order)…

Lisa Greenaway’s remix of the “CIRCE Family” Album VOX gives another beautiful resonance space to the breath of “natural remix”…

 

 

Listening recommended !

Remixes to “The Women of the Great River”

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As remix artists and storytellers, we join hands with our sista artists and storytellers elsewhere, in dedication to the art of listening and, to a shared vision of opening new resonance-space for yet unheard voices and communities in the so called “global information age”.  

Below on this blog, you’ll find eight chapters of thematic introductions to all the 18 remix contribution the “the Women of the Great River”: from “Tonga Anthem in Remix” to “Audio Journey through Binga”. Alternatively, you can brows for names of artists and related footage recordings here.

 

Tonga Anthem in remix

 

The playlist of all audio remixes to “The Women of the Great River” can be downloaded here [16 mp3 files, 108MB]

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for consciousness building among global listeners.

 

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We received 18 contributions by 16 artists of 11 countries; 15 sonic remixes by 14 contributors; two further contributors responded in a visual remix. A warm thank-you to all the contributing artists.

 

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On invitation of Athens composer, Anna Stereopoulou, we were partnering on this journey with CIRCE The Black Cut project. The resulting CIRCE Family Album VOX can be found now, for free download, HERE.

 

Colonial divide-and-rule stories in remix

 

Remix to VOX by LAPKAT aka DJ and Radio Maker Lisa Greenaway

 

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The fire of listening unites!

 

 

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Join around the fire of storytelling and share the light of listening!

Release of the CIRCE Family Album

The Album VOX was released by 7MNS Music on 21st December 2015 and is available for free download under creative commons license [CC BY-NC-SA] here:

https://sevenmoons.bandcamp.com/album/vox-ref-025

46 Artists ~ 28 Tracks ~ 15 Countries
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VOX [Voice; Sound; Call; Outcry] was compiled by founder of “CIRCE The Black Cut”, the Athens composer, Anna Stereopoulou. VOX consists of 28 tracks composed by the participants of CIRCE, as well as by the artists who responded to “The Women of the Great River” call-out /playlist of radio continental drift; guest project of this year.

A warm thank-you to Anna Stereopoulou, and to all the artists, producers and supporters in and around CIRCE for the beautiful opportunity of this joint journey on board of CIRCE The Black Cut !

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V O X a Family Album of the « c i r c e :the black cut: » project released on 7MNS Music 46Artists ~ 28Tracks ~ 15Countries 1Voice

Source: v o x : circe family work ~ 2015

Tonga Anthem… in remix

2015/12/18

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“…The River is for the Tonga people.

The river has fish and crocodiles…  

Our ancestors are ‘crying’…”

 

The above lines came via a quick text message from Michito Veronika, Zubo Trust’s communications officer, currently in the Netherlands, completing her MA dissertation. I had sent her the link to a recording asking whether the song following the Zimbabwe National Anthem was perhaps a kind of Tonga Anthem. “…oooh very nice. you have just made me miss home…,” Michito wrote and added the lines above in translation.

Listen to the recording here:

 

Award ceremony at Damba Primary School 2012

 

“The Tonga lost their land with the coming of Kariba but they have managed to retain much of their rich cultural heritage…”

Keith Goddard writes in his article “one man one note” (2005)

 

The recording of the Tonga Anthem was made in 2012, when I accompanied members of Basilwizi Trust  to an award ceremony at Damba Primary School. Damba is a tiny village, off the main road, in the bush-land near Manjolo.

 

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Together with Sihle Ndlovu, we recorded a number of interviews with women, in English and in ChiTonga and documented almost the entire award ceremony in Damba with recordings. Some clips from that day’s interviews are included in the call-out playlist such as by the young reserve teacher Florence Munsaka, and a Tonga song by Mary Munsaka, mother of one of the pupils.

Some soundscape recordings from the award ceremony are connected to the All Africa Sound Map like this Welcome Song by the Pupils of Damba to the arriving guests

 

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One of our contributors, the DJ Audio Storyteller, Crystal DJ Kwe Favel deeply identified with the stories, songs, sounds and voices she heard from the “The Women of the Great River”. Starting with the call-out playlist, DJ Kwe got on a journey of listening across many of the footage recordings from radio continental drift’s 2012 visit to Binga… a journey of listening which is still continuing as we speak and, will lead, so DJ Kwe, to an entire Album of her music dedicated to the Voices of Binga she heard…

The first track of her forthcoming Album however, Crystal DJ Kwe Favel is releasing already, here and now, contributing it as free-for download to “The Women of the Great River” call-out and CIRCE The Black Cut project/ Family Album. In her remix-contribution, DJ Kwe included two of the soundscape recordings of the Damba Award Ceremony, the Welcome Song of the Damba Pupils to arriving guests and, the BaTonga Anthem.

DJ Kwe (pronounced DJ Kway – means DJ Woman) is an Aboriginal Woman from the Cree & Metis Nation of Squamish, British Columbia, Canada.

 

 

Describing the samples used in the track, DJ Kwe writes:

  • Flutes – Indigenous to Native Canada/Turtle Island – Voices of our People – Sharing the Love
  • Frogs – symbol of transformation – recorded here on Native land. Frogs are Elders. Frogs live the balance between two worlds that often collide.
  • Damba Primary School Students – Welcome/Greeting Song – Special Tonga Anthem
  • Indigenous Girl Trill – Call for audio warriors to unite.
  • Tribal Drums – A common journey we share beyond the physical land.
  • House Beats – Electronica – a connection, a platform, a foundation to greet the world.
  • Synths – Inspire the world, together! Represents strength and power of positivity through nations across Mother Earth.

 

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DJ Kwe writes about her contribution and motivation of her music:

“Our Native community is resilient; we have overcome slavery, displacement and documented genocide. It is in our blood to share our stories and oral tradition through audio. That is why it’s very important to introduce digital audio storytelling as another method to preserve our traditional stories and oral traditions. As we rebuild our family structures and heal from the generations of abuse, we are reconnecting through the use of modern tools. It is my goal to repair the hearts of my community through my music and writing. This is a motivational movement through electronica to reach for the stars, regardless of race.”

 

Announcement of DJ Kwe's forthcoming Album dedicated to Voices of Binga

 

The Album will be released on DJ Kwe’s own record label, Wax-Warriors-Records, in March 2016.

 

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“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 TrustBasilwizi TrustMulongaKunzwana TrustTonga OnAirAustrian Zimbabwe Friendship Association


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