I want to tell HER story !

2019/03/08

if you are an outstanding woman, you have a 1-in-6 chance of having a Wikipedia article; if you are an African woman, you have a 1-in-300 chance.”

#HerZambianHistory a WikiWomen project of the Museum of Women’s History Zambia took steps last year 2018 to chance the balance; in partnership with the Swedish Embassy. We talked to three of the writers on the project to hear more details.

I want to tell HER story” is remix of the writers statements to go on-air on #IWD2019 at 1:30 pm GMT on Resonance FM London:

Samba Yonga, co-founder of the Museum of Women’s History talks live to N.N.D. presenter of “the workplace” on Resonance about changing the balance of women’s representation and what steps the Women’s History Museum is talking to better the balance.

Throughout March, radio continental drift runs a special audio Daily of slow / broadcasts to celebrate the art of listening and storytelling with life stories of women on the African continent: #ShapingLivesandStories 

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in the remix you hear the writers for #WikiWomen Zambia, Grace Kubikisha, Leelee Ngwenya and Lisa Chilombo Sakala. music by Danny Thompson aka BassOratory and Donna Maya.

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Talking to writers of WikiWomen Zambia

2019/03/06

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The WikiWomen Zambia project is one among a number of activities of the Museum of Women’s History to actively and positively address the gender gap in Zambia – and subsequently Zambia’s global representation. Partner in this project is the Swedish embassy. The aim: to create content about notable Zambian women, both historical and contemporary, and publish the information online at wikipedia.

Here are just some of the statistics which underline the urgency of activities like these:

  • less than 20% of all wikipedia writers are female;
  • only 12% of biographies in Subsaharan-Africa are about women;
  • if you are an outstanding woman, you have a 1-in-6 chance of having a Wikipedia article; if you are an African woman, you have a 1-in-300 chance.  

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In February 2018, a first three-day training and edit-a-thon #HerZambianHistory with 30 participants took place in Lusaka. Samba Yonga, co-founder of the Museum of Women’s History Zambia introduced me to three of the women writers on the project in December just shortly before my return to Europe.

We recorded interviews with Grace Kubikisha, Leelee Ngwenya, Lisa Chilombo Sakala and finally, on my very last day in Zambia, with Samba herself.

I ask the women to describe and reflect for us – from their individual experience and perspective – the life of Zambian women; tell us a bit about their own journey of becoming a professional woman in Zambia. Then we talk about their participation in the wiki women project: what made them join the project; how was their experience of working online; and of working in team with the other participants; anything that surprised them during the workshop; will they continue?

For documentation about WikiWomen Zambia see #HerZambianHistory at: https://www.instagram.com/womensmuseumzed/ https://www.facebook.com/MuseumofWomensHistoryZambia/

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Grace Kubikisha grew up in Zambia, worked in the textile business of her parents, and spent a number of years with work and education in America, only quite recently returning to Zambia and is now working in business together with her mother. As an insider with an outsider’s perspective, she gives us an interesting insight in the lives of Zambian women. She’s a freelance writer and multi-tasking in a number of jobs but very passionate about women’s representation in her country, which drove her to volunteer for wiki women Zambia.

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Puthumile Ngwenya aka Leelee identifies as a Zambian woman and a feminist. She shares with us the perspective of women in the media in Zambia. She has worked, both nationally and internationally as an actress, a writer, script writer I.a. She’s an experienced radio and TV host and collaborates with other women on radio and TV shows for and about women. She’s passionate about women’s representation in Zambia and was eager to learn more about African women on wikipedia and how to contribute to change the balance.

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Lisa Chilombo Sakala shares with us the life of a young published writer in Zambia, who went through struggles to survive, to go through an education at University of Zambia and, against many odds, become a writer. Women role models meant a lot to her in her life and she tells us about some significant examples for her; and of her passion for Zambian women to be known globally. With little experience in online work, she was excited to be selected for the Wiki Women project and eager to learn what it means for “writing to go global”.

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Women’s empowerment… in Binga remix

2019/03/04

… did you ever ask yourself about women’s empowerment in the rural areas of Zimbabwe…?

The Women’s organisation Zubo Trust in rural Binga, Zambezi Valley can tell a story or two about the issue.

In this recording from 2015Rosemary Cumanzala, the director of Zubo Trust can be heard in conversation with African women based in the Germany, Yvonne Chipo Makopa from Zimbabwe, Godsglory Jibril-Ellams from Nigeria and Claudia Wegener, Germany.  At the time they were running a podcast radio project with the Women’s Forum of Yes Africa e.V. in Hamm Germany.  

Listen to Rosemary Cumanzala live from Binga for the most recent updates on Zubo’s economic empowerment projects on International Women’s Day 8 March 1:30 pm GMT when she will talk with N.N.D. presenter of “the workplace” on Resonance fm London

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“…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.

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

“…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…”

 

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The Women of Yes Afrika Women’s Forum, featured their meeting with Rosemary and her story of women empowerment in Binga in a podcast:

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ZUBO Trust is a women economic empowerment organisation partnering with the rural women of Binga in Zimbabwe since 2009.  Zubo Trust has accomplished well-recognized work in organizing the rural women, establishing producer collectives, securing women’s lively-hoods, and boosting women’s independence and self-esteem through capacity building trying. One of Zubo’s pioneering initiatives is an all-women fishery project on Kariba Lake. Further projects utilising natural resources include organic agriculture, the production of soap from Jatropha seeds and, the local crafts, especially basket weaving.

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Rosemary’s story of women’s empowerment in rural Zimbabwe beautifully remixed by artist Sirpa Jokinen in Finland.

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Mulenga Kapwepwe talks about women leaders (2012)

2019/03/02

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“Our story doesn’t get told.”

“Women’s rights in Africa…”

“Women leaders…”

In this interview from 2012, Mulenga Kapwepwe, a woman leader who sits on numerous national and international advisory panels beautifully documents herself as an artist, describes her work as a writer, cultural historian and especially as a playwright. 

We can hear BaMulenga elaborating on some interesting samples of her cultural-history research, which is now at play informing the projects and activities of the Museum of Women History Zambia.

image courtesy of Lubuto Library Project.

27 Nov 2012 (28:53); link to the playlist and further intro

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Remixes (feat. Mulenga Kapwepwe)

by X-Wing Pilot aka Jordan Thomas

by BassOratory aka Danny Thompson 

Mulenga Kapwepwe and Samba Yonga introduce us to the Museum of Women’s History Zambia

2019/03/01

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Coming back to Lusaka in June 2018, after five years, I was excited that the first person I was able to connect with was Mulenga Kapwepwe. In 2012, we had recorded an interview with this super-productive and resourceful lady; in the interview, BaMulenga beautifully documents herself as an artist, describes her work as a writer, cultural historian and playwright.

Mulenga invited me to join a meeting of a group of women at Zambia National Museum. It was delightful to join the discussion of such a resourceful group of women, among them artists, bloggers, writers, an architect, a lawyer…; they belong to a Cooperative of ten women who are the makers and movers of what is, and will be the Museum of Women’s History in Zambia.

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After the meeting, I managed to keep Mulenga and Samba Yonga, the co-founders of the Women’s History Museum for just about long enough to tell us how this idea and organisation was born, whats’s their mission and plans and how will they go about realising their ambitious plans of inserting women’s achievements into to the gapping mainstream of history…

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Note: the recording is from June 2018. You can listen to a live update on matters Women’s History Museum Zambia on International Women’s Day 8 March 1:30 pm GMT; Samba Tonga talks with N.N.D. presenter of “The workplace” on Resonance fm 

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further links :

https://www.instagram.com/womensmuseumzed/

https://www.whmzambia.org/ (under construction)

https://www.lusakatimes.com/2016/11/23/museum-womens-living-history-launched/

Shaping lives and stories

2019/03/01

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Throughout March, radio continental drift will run a special audio Daily of slow / broadcasts to celebrate the art of listening and storytelling with life stories of women on the African continent. The series will present both, recent interviews, and related ones from the archive

On 8 March 1:30 pm GMT, radio continental drift contributes to International Women’s Day on Resonance FM. N.N.D., presenter of “the workplace” on Resonance will talk live to Rosemary Cumanzala, Director of Zubo Trust in Binga Zimbabwe; and to Samba Yonga in Lusaka, co-founder of the Women’s History Museum in Zambia.

On 5 March 11:00 am GMT, N.N.Dee, presenter of “the workplace” on Resonance talks to Claudia Wegener aka radio continental drift about her work as a “migrant listener with a bag”, her recent experiences of women’s workplaces in the rural areas of the Zambezi Valley and what she learnt about women’s economic empowerment and it’s realisation. (Repeat on 8 March, 4:30 am GMT)

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World Radio Day 2019

2019/02/13

Both sides of the Zambezi: A playlist of on-air excerpts 2018

 

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Hallo Listeners !

Radio-bridging across the Zambezi, between Zambia and Zimbabwe was a focus of activities on the ground 2018. Sharing broadcast excerpts from the Zambezi Valley for World Radio Day 2019, we dream of radio-bridges to listeners around the world…

We” that is the various radio-makers at Sinazongwe Community Radio Station aka ZongweFM; it’s also Mutinta Mukuwa (the white, out-one-out) aka claudia who joint Zongwe team between June and December 2018 for weekly workshops, international projects, and of course many live broadcasts. “We” may also include the many studio guests, we were honored to host, who spoke to us in person or, through recordings and remixes.

We’d like to invite you to go on a journey with ZongweFM Live for two hours to the rural areas North and South of the Zambezi; you’ll hear about a community fundraising concert for Zongwe FM, the local launch of the Radio-Bridge Compilation, exchange visits of women across Lake Kariba, between Sinazongwe and Binga, visitors from Europa, Basimbi Radio, radio making with/ by/ for girls – and many many other things between the lines…

Thank you for listening!

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01. Nosiko’s Concert Jingle – “You are welcome…!!” (02:09’) A jingle for the Radio-Bridge Concert, a community fundraising effort for Zongwe FM. The jingle is a international sonic co-production by Zongwe DJ Nosiko and Mukuwa Mutinta with music from the Radio-Bridge Compilation “Path of Awareness” by Italian composer Valerio Orlandini, vocals by Zubo Trust’s Donor Ncube.

02. Reports from Binga: Women on the water – “They are united…” (10:10’) Nosiko reports from her visit together with Cleopatra and Mariya at Zubo Trust in Binga Zimbabwe and especially about Bhindawuko Banakazi (BB = business women), a coop of 10 women fishing kapenta (mantemba) on Kariba Lake. James questions: could women in Zambia do the same…? Nosiko respondes and reports from the women’s exchange in Binga. What help or encouragement did Zubo women offer to the women in Zambia. Nelico presents; music DJ Kwe “Voices of Binga” track 09 “team work”.

03. Reports from Binga – “Fifty-fifty equal rights…” (15:40’) We listen to a clip from Nosiko’s recordings with BB where the women respond to Mariya and Cleopatra’s questions on how they managed to negotiate the freedom to go to work with their husbands. “In Zambia… we don’t allow women to participate in any activity…” James responds. Three male callers follow up in disbelieve with questions on details of the situation of women on a fishing rig. Nosiko clarifies. Mukuwa Mutinta adds some details from the history of this project of Zubo Trust.

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04. Pumba’s ad-hoc ad for Binga Soap – “Eh-nsipa is the best…!!” (01:15’) This is an edited, chance-recording we made with Muchindu Pumba towards the end of the fundraising concert for Zongwe FM. You’ll here event and music still on-going in the background. Pumba had a long conversation with Matron, felt inspired about the Zubo project and lend her sisters across the waters in Zimbabwe this full-hearted support. Remix with Zubo’s Angeline.

05. Reports from Binga: Jatropha Soap – “We are ready to join…!” (13:20’) We listen to Nosiko’s recording introducing the Jatropha soap project of Zubo Trust. Kasimbi-ka-malaiti (“the electrical girl”) calls a number of times inquiring about details of the production process. Cleopatra, one of the women who went to Binga is herself very interested in the project and ready to reply in detail. Another lady-caller adds with excitement that she and her group are ready to join any project which the women who went to visit Zubo will start now. James presents the show with Nosiko, Cleopatra, Mariya, Mary Mwakoi and Maria of Tusumpuke Women’s Club.

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06. Zubo’s Matron Muleya at Zongwe – “We can learn from each other….” (15:53’) Monica and James talk with Matron Muleya about women’s projects in Binga and Sinazongwe. Soundscape recordings take the listeners to Sebungwe River Mouth in Binga, the fish-farming project of the Tuligwazye women and the Women Fishing Coop “Bhinawuko Banakazi”. James can contribute experiences from fish-farming projects in Sinazongwe. With another audio recording, Monica remembers the wish of Sinazongwe women clubs to learn from Zubo’s women how to weave bags from Malala. The show winds down with a number of tracks from the Radio-Bridge Compilation which had just been launched with the fundraising concert on the day before; here, “We are One” remix by Valerie Vivancos.

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07. Bamukuwa from KDF at Zongwe – “Do you have tribes in Germany…!?” (04:32’) Susan and Pia from Germany are working as volunteers in the youths and gender programmes at Kaluli Development Foundation (KDF) in Sinazongwe. The two women have been in the district for a year now and are about to return to Germany. In the show they look back at their experiences in working with the youths and school children in Sinazongwe. Station Manager, Kennedy Kambole presents, Nelico joins the conversation interested to tease out what the visitors observed as different from their home country. Music: remixes by Donna Maya and Danny Thompson

08. Bamukuwa visit from Austria at Zongwe – “What are the differences…?” (02:56’) Nelico and James talk with Selina and Marion. Their visit at Zongwe continues a history of cultural exchanges and partnership with Free Radio Stations in Austria. Marion and Selina are at that time on an internship at an orphanage for blind children near Mazabuka. Like Nelico and James, Marion volunteers as a presenter at Free Radio Salzkammergut (FRS). James brings up a track from the Radio-Bridge Compilation, a contribution by Macdonald Chiemezie Nwokeji, Nigerian presenter of “Hallo Africa…” a music show at FRS in Upper Austria.

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09. Zongwe Family Show reviewing the concert – “ZongweFM has been born again…!” (11:16’) A show with Kennedy, Nelico, James, Mukuwa Mutinta and many clips from the fundraising concert for Zongwe FM a week before; here for example, Thomas’ praise song for Zongwe, Muka Moonga’s culture dance group, the speeches by radio champion Kasimbi ka-malaiti and Zubo’s Matron Muleya.

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10. Basimbi Radio Jingle – “Join me as your sister…!” (2:01’) Nosiko’s call-out to the girls (basimbi) at Sinazongwe to come and join her in the ZongweFM team. Basimbi Radio was a special venture throughout the school holidays in August with weekly workshops and live shows. The jingle is a sonic international coproduction of Nosiko, Mutinta Mukuwa and DJ Kwe. The music includes instrumentals from “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga” album by DJ Kwe tracks 05 and 08.

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11. Zongwe Family Show before the concert – “I was the only girl…” (6:35’) On the evening before the concert the entire Zongwe team went on-air with a special show to call the community for the concert with many local musicians and the launch of The Radio-Bridge Compilation as special CD edition. For the show, we received and aired messages of support by Mario, station manager at Zongwe’s Austrian partner radio, Free Radio Salzkammergut, Nervious Siantombo at Panos Southern Africa and Petronella at Radio Phoenix in Lusaka. The message and insert from Petronella inspired vivid response from DJ Mo and DJ Nosiko. The studio – as usual filled with male presenters but plans for Basimbi Radio already in the pipeline, the women presenters, Monica and Nosiko were delighted to grasp the opportunity.

12. Basimbi Radio with Ruth, Knowledge, and Minibas – “You can do it…!” (7:18’) Ruth presents a programme with a number of her friends from Sinazongwe Secondary. Minibas describes how to cook chicken and tomato sauce; others question and contribute; whether to add oil or not is an issue. The girls go into detailed description and have fun with it. A clip from an interview with Chiza Mwinde in Binga; Knowledge adds her encouragement to girls in maths. (Nelico and James have promised to continue the Basimbi Radio series in coop with the school; this is the first show they produced)

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13. Zongwe Family Show before the concert – “A Radio-Bridge across the Zambezi…” (7:23’) A second excerpt from the Zongwe Family on the night before the concert. Muka Moonga sings a traditional song. Mutinta Mukuwa responds. Women’s radio solidarity. Music: Labecca’s song remix by Feralmind

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Sales of the Radio-Bridge Compilation benefit radio-makers in training both sides of the Zambezi !

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resist my people, resist them

2018/09/03

FOR DAREEN TATOUR, persecuted Palestinian poet

Please see https://www.poemontrial.org/ 

dear sister listeners,

below are the details of an open call for art work in creative solidarity with persecuted Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour. Deadline to send audio/ files 28. September 2018.

reading poem and call out, you may feel like i, would like to raise a voice in solidarity while hands are bound in present commitment.

i grasped a spare hour to engage with poem and mobile phone recordings. Resulting audio is here. available for you to take it further, add your voice to the track in which ever way you see fit. https://archive.org/details/poem_on_trial

please let this post and your resulting audio file travel forth in cyberspace so that more voices may join in till “it” (in multiple remix) may reach the Jordan end of September.

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Am involved in radio work with young people and women in the Zambezi Valley, at present on the Zambian side; early September to mid November, Zimbabwe; then again Zambia.

recorded in the Zambezi Valley in solidarity with sisters in the Jordan Valley

Please see https://www.poemontrial.org/ 

Sound Affects – Stand with persecuted Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour
Dareen Tatour is a young Palestinian poet from the town of Reineh near Nazareth in the Galilee. 
She was convicted by the Israeli state on charges of incitement to violence following a poem she published: “Resist, my people, resist them”. 
The lyrics of the poem in Arabic, English and Hebrew are available here.    https://freedareentatour.org/poems
If we, many of us, also publish her words and we are not convicted by the Israeli state, then we must ask the true basis upon which this poet was criminalised.
You are invited to create a sound work in any style which you see fit, using Dareen’s poem as your lyrical base.
With your agreement we intend to curate a digital-only album of submissions, to be made available for sale on several platforms.
All sale proceeds will be utilised to assist Dareen’s legal challenge to her conviction.
Please submit your piece by 28/9/2018 via Wetransfer to:   poemontrial@gmail.com
For more information you are invited to visit the Free Dareen Tatour site and Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/FreeDareenTatour/?hc_ref=SEARCH
Thank you,
Meira Asher, Dganit Elyakim, Liam Evans,
Antye Greie and Yoav Haifawi.
https://www.poemntrial.org/

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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