Posts Tagged ‘Africa’

Radio Papesse awards our contribution to sound-art on Florence tram

2019/07/28

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radio continental drift proudly shares the news that Radio Papesse awarded

our sound-art contribution to “Benjamin – sounds along the tramway”

among 90 submitted works with one of the two prizes.

We are delighted to contribute to this inspiring sound-art festival by Radio Papesse.

Benjamin is a sound-art festival for the Florence tramway which will take place form 10 – 13 October 2019.

We really liked the project and felt inspired by the idea to

join commuters to a community of listeners for what ever brief moments.

Read more at

RADIO PAPESSE

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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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Rethinking Tradition

2017/11/29

How can communities be strengthened and tradition be interpreted in a way that contributes to a sustainable perspective for the future? What is the connection between traditional communities in Latin America, Africa and Asia and small villages in Europe? What can the global North learn from the global South? How can territories be defended? And how can the livelihood of rural areas be sustained?…”

In June 2017, I contributed with a workshop to an international colloquium on traditional peoples and communities, entitled “Traditionally Sustainablewhich set out to pursue these questions. My workshop was entitled “The river belongs to the Tonga people” and was based on my experiences among the Tonga people in Binga, Zimbabwe (during last year’s radio project with the women of Zubo Trust in particular).

Read the workshop log of “The river belongs to the Tonga people”

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During my time in Binga, I learned about the history and culture of the Tonga people from the women I worked with. The title of my workshop is a quote from the Tonga Anthem which I recorded in 2012, my first stay in Binga. The text of the Anthem goes: “The river belongs to the Tonga people. The river has fish and crocodile. Our Ancestors are crying…”. The award-winning aboriginal artist Crystal DJ Kwe Favel created a music album of dance tracks based on the Binga recordings. DJ Kwe belongs to the indigenous communities of BC Canada. “Tonga Anthem Remix” is the first track of the bespoke online Album “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”. DJ Kwe’s music bridges indigenous teachings across continents in dance rhythms.

It was the first time that the colloquium took place in Germany; since 2009, four previous sessions had been taking place in Brazil. Representatives of communities, academia and development organisations from four continents debated in three languages over four days on opportunities of sustainability for Traditional communities and, the input of diverse knowledge for a sustainable development such communities may hold on offer for the global community at large. A joint declaration was issues, published as the “Hofgeismar Agenda“.

Contributions from Nigeria and Cameroon

Following the conference “Traditionally Sustainable” in Hofgeismar, a delegation of contributors from Brazil are guests of FUgE (Forum for Justice, Environment and Development) in Hamm. They meet the “Heimatverein Heessen” and give a talk at FUgE Fairtrade Shop in the evening. With members of the “Heimatverein”, they visit the chapel of St. Anna. Analia A. da Silva performs a traditional prayer. Dr Aderval Costa adds a prayer to Virgin Mary in Latin.

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an excerpt from the Hofgeismar Agenda

Traditional peoples and communities are the most important guarantors of the world ́s diversity. They represent more than 90% of diversity in different dimensions as

  •   their social relationships
  •   their relationships with nature
  •   their languages
  •   their ethnicities
  •   their religious and spiritual systems
  •   their knowledge about biodiversity
  •   their capacities on agricultural diversity
  •   and further aspects of diversity.
  • Traditional peoples and communities are the most important heritage of humankind.

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radioart106fm : women artists 4 women artists

2017/09/12

Now archived for your Listening on mixcloud! many thanks to Meira Asher for an inspiring exchange and radio-active continuation of “sonic cross-cultural exchange of women artists” from both sides of the Zambezi and beyond !

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Virginia Phiri, Eunice Mwiinde, Zubo Trust, Mavis Moyo, Chipata DMI Women, Sithandazile DubeRuvimbo TengaPenny YonEsnart Mweemba, Viola Mwembe, Barbara Mudimba, Abbigal Mumpande, Janet Mwiinde, Luyando Muyalali, soneni Sonny Gee Gwizi,  Annie Mpalume, Chiwoniso, Thandanani Women’s Ensemble, Claudia Wegener, Knut Aufermann, Mobile Radio ; and remixes by Inge van den KroonenbergDixie TreichelGaël Segalen, Antye Greie, Barney Spigel, Bass Oratory, Dinah Bird, Sarah Washington, Felicity Ford , Valerie Vivancos, radio continental drift

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A recording by a woman from Binga represents the continent on-air

2017/04/03

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It was a recording by Lucia Munenge from Sikalenge Ward in Binga, which got to represent (sounds from) the African continent on a WDR3 “open sounds” programm recently: “The Sound of the World” on the field recordings platform radio aporee:::maps. You can find Lucia’s recording on aporee maps here

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Lucia’s recording was the only recording from the African continent played in the radio show, all other 33 listening samples from the aporee sound maps originated on the other continents. The radio show was dedicated to the aporee radio project by German artist Udo Noll, to its sound maps and audio recordings, which are contributed by listeners from around the world (at the time of this post, 37493 recordings of 32649 places by 1421 contributors with a total audio length of more than 90 days)

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Lucia Munenge is one of Zubo Trust’s six community based facilitators who were trained during the radio project “Women documenting women stories” last year. In her recording Lucia sings a song in ChiTonga composed by the Sikalenge Women’s Forum which tells the story of Zubo Trust and the “zubo” (traditional basket of Tonga women for fishing). She also comments in English on the meaning of the song.

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Here, in English translation, the relevant excerpt from the radio show’s transcript:

From the satellite perspective, the point pattern (of audio recordings) reveals where contributors are particularly active and, of course, those regions which are largely undiscovered acoustically. Most of the recordings, around 20,000, were recorded in the European countries. Quantitatively top performer, however, is Taiwan with around 6000 recordings alone! The northern and southern regions on the outskirts or outside the habitable zones, as well as the African continent, are acoustically scarcely explored. The project Radio Continental Drift by the London-based artist Christina Wegener (kkkkk…!) wants to remedy this situation and make the people of Africa audible. Radio Continental Drift does this by collecting interviews, stories and songs or by documenting workshops. “Women documenting women stories” is the name of a project with Zubo Trust in Zimbabwe, an organization that provides educational programs for women. In the following recording of July 26, 2016, Lucia Munenge sings and comments about ZuboTrust in a recording she has made herself.

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Lucia Munenge, Zubo is bringing women together …”

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Women On-air : World Radio Day 2017

2017/02/12

Joining celebrations of World Radio Day 2017, radio continental drift releases the sampler “Babylon Broadcasts : Women On-air”,  live broadcasts, radio remixes and radio call-outs 2012-2016 by and with Women Radio-makers.

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01 “Wir sind Afrikanerinnen in Hamm…”

– a teaser for a radio show by African women in Germany broadcast in the community radio “Radio Runde Hamm” via the local station Radio Lippewelle Hamm in October 2015; here, featuring soundscape recordings from the radio studio and the first Yes Afrika Festival in 2014. The radio show followed a six months podcast project with the women of the Yes Afrika Club in Hamm and was produced collectively as part of this project.

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02 “JoyFM meets radio continental drift”

– excerpt of a two-hours live broadcast with DJ Petronella and poet Chipego on JoyFM Lusaka featuring poets from Zambia and Zimbabwe (like here, Linda Gabriel) in recordings by radio continental drift; “Poetic Tuesday” as part of Petronella’s show “The Dose” with Claudia Wegener as studio guest; broadcast in December 2012

03 “Radio Lippewelle meets radio continental drift”

– excerpt of Rainer Wilkes’ weekly radio show “Lampenfieber” with Claudia Wegener as studio guest; broadcast in September 2014; featuring, in this excerpt, recordings from Africa on the soundmaps of the aporee radio project, like here, poet Blackheat DeChanti in Mufakosi, Harare. Occasion for the on-air feature was the local project “Hamm Zugehort!” (see track 06).

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04 “Zambezi Women Call-Out”

– call out for remixes as part of the ongoing project “The Women sing at both sides of the Zambezi”. Featuring recordings with Virginia Phiri, Mulenga Kapwepwe, Chiwoniso, Thembi Ngwabi, Sithandazile Dube, Blackheat and Band, Thandanani Women’s Ensemble, Soneni Gwizi and Joyce Makwenda. The resulting playlist of remixes “Cross-cultural correspondence of Women Artists” has since travelled across many international radio stations.

05 “JoyFM meets radio continental drift”

– excerpt2 of the live broadcast with DJ Petronella and poet Chipego on JoyFM Lusaka (featuring here Maya Angelou); “Poetic Tuesday” as part of Petronella’s show “The Dose” with Claudia Wegener as studio guest telling about her “street writings” project and how it brought her from listening and description to sound and radio… and ultimately, to Africa…; broadcast in December 2012.

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06 “Eine Reise mit den Ohren…”

– excerpt of “A journey of Listening…”, a 45’ radio work by Claudia Wegener/ radio continental drift dedicated to the many forms of people’s broadcasts, from “pavement radio” via community radio to the soundmaps of the aporee radio project; featuring here, a visit to a rehearsal of theatre youths (ZAPOTA) and Mary Manzole in Lusaka’s Independence Station followed by a visit to a group of DMI women in Chaisa and a garden party for the founding of Yes Afrika Club in Hamm, Germany; broadcast in the community radio “Radio Runde Hamm” via the local station Radio Lippewelle in April 2015.

07 “Zambezi Women Remixes on CjamFM”

– excerpt of a two-hours live broadcast with Garth Rennie in his regular show “Soundscape Rhythms” introducing the resulting playlist of remixes (to the call-out, track 04) “Sonic Cross-cultural correspondence of Women Artists” and remixing live on-air with early Jazz and recordings of various other projects by radio continental drift, like a remix by Valerie Vivancos on the “street writing” project (2006). The excerpt features i.a. Anna Stereopoulou/ Virginia Phiri, Antye Greie/ Ruvimbo Tenga, Dinah Bird/ Mavis Moyo, Dixie Treichle/ Mavis Moyo, Donna Maya/ Soneni Gwizi.

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08Radio Call Out 4 Zubo”

– a call-out to listeners of Radio Runde Hamm/ Radio Lippewelle in support of the radio project with the women of Zubo Trust in Binga Zimbabwe based on excerpts from DJKwe’s Album “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga” which features in the vocals young women from Binga in recordings by rcd from 2012. In purchasing the Album “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”, you’ll support 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.

09-10 “Women in Fishing”

– excerpt from a live broadcast on the community radio station Zongwe 105.0 FM in Sinazongwe Zambia with DJ Mo, Monica Sianbunkululu and Claudia Wegener/ radio continental drift presenting recordings and stories of women in the fishing industries in Binga Zimbabwe and Sinazongwe; here featuring recordings with the Tuligwasey Women at Sebungwe River Mouth; broadcast in August 2016.

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11 Yes Afrika Women’s Forum Podcasts

– excerpt of Podcast No.5, Yes Afrika Women’s Forum meets Zubo Trust; Podcasts were produced collectively by a production team of Yes Afrika Women’s Forum, here telling about a visit of Zubo Trusts Director, Rosemary Cumanzala in recent recordings and recordings by rcd from 2012 with Abbigal Muleya Mumpande and soundscapes recorded at Siachilaba Primary School in Binga. An excerpt of the Podcast features in the radio show (track 01) and is part of the playlist of remixes “Sonic Cross-cultural correspondence of Women Artists” (see track 04 and 07).

12 “Women Team-Working

– excerpt from a live broadcast on the community radio station Zongwe 105.0 FM in Sinazongwe Zambia with DJ Petty Young, Patience Kabuku and Claudia Wegener/ radio continental drift presenting recordings and stories of Zubo’s Women Forums in Binga Zimbabwe and introducing upcoming visits to Sinazongwe Women Clubs; here featuring recordings with the Chinonge Women’s Forum and also introducing the dance tracks of DJ Kwe in her Album “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga” which here, on Zongwe FM receives its on-air Premiere on the African continent; broadcast in August 2016.

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13 “Tonga Anthem” – track 1 of DJ Kwe’s Album

– 15 dance tracks “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”, which features in the vocals young women from Binga in recordings by rcd from 2012. Here, DJ Kwe mixes two soundscape recordings from Damba Primary School in a joyful dance track and powerful remix of the BaTonga Anthem sung by the pupils of Damba. Track 1 of “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga” was released for free download as part of the playlist “Cross-cultural correspondence of Women Artists” in December 2015. In purchasing the Album “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”, you’ll support 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.

Thank you for Listening!

“We are African Women in Hamm…”

2015/07/23

Hallo Listeners, we, the women of the Yes Afrika Women’s Forum, are now on the journey of a podcast and radio project… leading to a broadcast with our local Community Radio “Radio Runde Hamm” aired in September via Radio Lippewelle… Enjoy our Podcasts… while we are preparing for on-air…!

Hallo liebe Zuhörer, wir, die Frauen des Yes Afrika Frauen Forums haben uns auf die Reise durch ein Podcast- und Radioprojekt gemacht… es wird uns zu einer Sendung mit unserem örtlichen Bürgerfunk, der “Radio Runde Hamm” führen, die im September über Radio Lippewelle ausgestrahlt werden wird… Hört mal herein in unsere Podcast…!

“We want to tell each other about our lives here… and about the lives of women in the countries where we come from… we want to share our experiences in Germany, in Hamm… what are our roles, our duties, our rights… here and there…? Where, and what could African women learn from German women…? Where, and what could German women learn from African women…? What experiences do we pass on to our children, our daughters…? …and how do we do that…?”

“Wir sind Afrikanerinnen in Hamm…!”, ein Podcast und Radioprojekt realisiert mit Unterstützung von Engagement Global, Yes-Afrika e.V. and FUgE e.V., gefördert aus Mitteln des Bundesministeriums für Zusammenarbeit (BMZ)

Radio Correspondence of Women Artists

2015/02/14

A Compilation released in celebration of World Radio Day 2015 

easy download, MP3 Compilation (51.7 MB; 39 minutes; 15 mp3 tracks)

. The Remixes presented here were contributed by artists from around the world in response to recordings with Women in Arts, Culture and Media from Zambia and Zimbabwe. It’s a sonic correspondence across continents and cultures, intended to make the voices of Women Artists from Africa heard in “the global village”. The contributors and correspondents are:

Anna Stereopoulou (Greece) – Virginia Phiri (Zimbabwe)

Antye Greie (Finland) – Ruvimbo Tenga (Zimbabwe)

Danny Thompson (UK) – Soneni Gwizi; Virginia Phiri; Thembi Ngwabi (Zimbabwe); Petronella (Zambia); Mulenga Kapwepwe (Zambia)

Dinah Bird (France) – Mavis Moyo (Zimbabwe)

Dixie Treichel (US) – Mavis Moyo (Zimbabwe)

Donna Maya (Germany) – Soneni Gwizi (Zimbabwe)

Felicity Ford (UK) – Esnart Mweemba (Zambia)

Gael Segalen (France) and Pamela Kenmoé (US) – Chiwoniso Maraire; Linda Gabriel; Ruvimbo Tenga (Zimbabwe); Zambia Popular Theatre Alliance

Inge van den Kroonenberg and “the Genetic Choir” (Netherlands) – Virginia Phiri (Zimbabwe)

Jordan Thomas (Canada) – Mulenga Kapwepwe (Zambia)

Kat Bpm (UK) – Soneni Gwizi; Virginia Phiri (Zimbabwe)

Luiza Schulz (Brazil, Austria) “Pontos de escuta”

Patricia Walsh (UK) – Joyce Jenje Makwenda (Zimbabwe)

Sarah Washington (Germany, UK) – Annie Mpalume (Zimbabwe)

Sirpa Jokinen (Finland) – Virginia Phiri (Zimbabwe)

Valerie Vivancos (France) – Mavis MoyoThandanani Women’s Ensemble (Zimbabwe)

The remix artists chose one (or more) of the voices and stories which inspired them to respond in sound, and created musical remixes involving also their own recordings, background or personal story. All listeners are warmly invited to continue the correspondence by using the Remixes in broadcasts, sound- and radio pieces, or perhaps in a sound track for a film, and so on… The source recordings as well as the remixes are free for use and download under creative commons licenses.

Women of Rwanda

2014/09/25

Healing Social Trauma Through The Arts

Carole Karemera tells us about the courageous journey of women in the arts in Rwanda, who, after the 1994 genocide, picked up the task of listening carefully to the needs of their society and the daunting process of reworking their historical “heritage” together with perpetrators and victims and the new generations. Read more here 

“It was a hard wake-up call…!”

“We need to educate all of us…”

“We need to keep Rwanda as a laboratory…”

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Yes-Afrika Women’s Forum

2014/08/01

This celebratory playlist for the first meeting of the Yes-Afrika Women’s Forum in Hamm, Germany, features the voices of African women from many different countries and spans a “listening-bridge” across two continents, Africa and Europe. In listening we are sharing one space, and our imagination can fly with the sounds and voices to travel the distance…

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       Do join us in listening…!

Wherever we are while listening, let’s celebrate and reinforce the sistahood of women across differences, cultures, languages, and borders. The people are yearning for freedom, peace and unity.

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A CD will serve us as an invitation on the ground, which as it travels among listeners can “tune us” for the event. Some of the recordings will be played as in-puts during the meeting on 23rd August. Download the CD cover/ invite here.

The playlist is shared for free download on the Internet ArchiveWith: the Thandanani Women’s Ensemble; Blackheat DeShanti and Band; Soneni Gwizi; member of the DMI Women Groups in Chipata; Yvonne Makopa, Khanyie Masilela Hama, Sukhani Papaya, Mama Precious and other women (at the E-Day workshop/ Yes-Afrika); Petronella Kalimbwe (Joy FM Lusaka); Abbigal Muleya (ZUBO Trust Binga); Mrs Namunkolo Lungo (ZNBC archive Lusaka); Agness Buya Yombwe (Wayi-Wayi Art Studios & Gallery Livingstone) ; Tabitha (Bonfire Uganda); Carole Karemera (Ishyo Art Centre Kigali); Acan Jennifer (tailor in Gulu Uganda); Rosie Ndebele (Radio Dialogue); members of the Zambia Popular Theatre Alliance (ZAPOTA); Joyce Jenje Makwenda; Virginia Phiri; Thembi Ngwabi (Amakhosi Arts Centre); Lydia Akwabi aka L-ness; Yemi Ojo, Nelli Foumba Saomaoro and Godsglory Nk Jibril-ellems (Yes-Afrika e.V. Hamm); Mwenya Muyeba (at the time, Flava FM Kitwe); Claudia Wegener aka radio continental drift; and children of Congolese Refugees in Durban (Durban Sings Project).

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Some of the recordings and this picture were made during a workshop at the “Empowerment-Day”  for Yes-Afrika e.V. on 5 July in Hamm. The forthcoming Yes-Afrika Women’s Forum and its celebratory playlist are outcomes of the women’s conversations in the worksop.

Download the notes The Media – our Media ?” seminar


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