Posts Tagged ‘Binga’

Indigenous Knowledge Dance

2017/06/02

This beautiful dance track by Crystal DJ Kwe Favel allows us to appreciate cultural wisdom founded deeply in indigenous knowledge.

“…because right now we don’t have the beads; so we are taking the patterns from the beads to the baskets…”!!

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The track was much used in our live radio shows with DJ Mo, DJ Petty Young and women from Sinazongwe on Zongwe FM last August.

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Actually, the BaTonga women both sides of the Zambezi, Zambia and Zimbabwe loved that track because, being a weaver themselves, or perhaps a daughter or friend of a basket weaver, they knew instantly what was at stake here: many of the patterns used in basket weaving can be traced back to traditional Tonga beadwork; but right now, beads are hard to come by in the rural areas…, so…!

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Translated into a universally valid cultural wisdom the teaching says: if one traditionally used base of cultural output subsides for one reason or another the indigenous knowledge and its varied expressions will move on to the next more available output material or channel. Here goes a natural law of spiritual survival.

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In the original interview recordings from 2012, which DJ Kwe remixed in her dance track, Viola Mwembe and Barbara Mudimba at Binga Craft Centre explain to me the meanings and origins and uses of patterns. And by the way, DJ Kwe means “DJ Native Woman”. The award winning DJ belongs to the indigenous people of British Columbia Canada. Crystal DJ Kwe Favel knows what she makes her music sing n dance about.

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

The picture above  shows Donna and Matron from the Zubo team at Binga office with the poster for the Album. Below, Olga proudly carries an Ilala Laptop-Bag on the way to her office at the Ministry of Women Affairs in Binga. The Laptop-Bag is crafted similarly to the traditional BaTonga baskets from Ilala Palm leave by Zubo Trust’s women.

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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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Zubo Women Audio Collection 2016

2017/03/08

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For International Women’s Day 2017, joining women’s celebrations around the world, Zubo Trust and radio continental drift are proudly launching “Women documenting Women Stories”, an audio collection of more then 50 recordings produced by Zubo women, in particular the six community-based facilitators of Zubo’s Women Forums in Sikalenge (Lucia Munenge), Siachilaba (Julia Mumpande), Chinonge (Eunice Mwinde), Kariyangwe (Regina Munkuli), Manjolo (Margaret Munkuli) and Simatelele (Ottilia Tshuma).

Access the Archive

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The recordings are mainly in the indigenous language ChiTonga. We’ve made an effort adding introductions in English in the texts on the archive pages and sometimes the women even recorded summaries in English.

Follow our steps listening in situ on radio aporee sound maps

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With our recordings, we’d hope to reach out firstly to ChiTonga speaking communities, both sides of Lake Kariba or elsewhere, and especially to our sistaz, old and young. We’d wish that the present project and its audio collection may become, in time, just a beginning of local audio = listening research among the BaTonga women. There are so many stories, so much knowledge and wisdom among the women still waiting to be found, investigated and documented…

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We hope that listeners from further afield will also enjoy our recordings and, in listening, enjoy following us into our communities, culture and every-day lives. We’d wish that the publication of the collection will encourage organisations and communities, locally and internationally to engage in similar activities of collective research; and, that we may hear from you and your experiences… you are most welcome contacting us or joining the conversation on FB.

Thank you for listening!

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“Encouraging other women to speak out…!” Caven Mugande interviews Margaret Munkuli about her experience and how she felt making interview recordings in her own Manjolo community. Mugande is Zubo Trust Project Officer; Margaret is one of the six women facilitating local Women’s Forums who were taking part in the audio media training.

Tonga women on the way to their own media production

2017/02/07

From April – November 2016, Zubo Trust joint forces with radio continental drift/ Claudia Wegener to train Zubo staff and six community based facilitators (CBFs) in audio recording and production.

“Women documenting Women Stories” is the name of the task and the radio project with Zubo’s women.

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The playlist of recordings from the workshop days can document a bit of the journey, which we traveled together in exploring the use of audio recorders among the women Zubo is working with in rural Binga. The playlist showcases a selection of our recordings over three days together, and does so in footage recordings, including our trials to say what we mean, and our giggles.

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On the journey, which you can follow in the recordings, we practiced listening, to others, in interviews and, to ourselves; we explored storytelling and the power of detailed description on a listener; we learned how to talk with machines and how to listen carefully to their playback; we explored the tools of communication, how to encourage our counterparts to enjoy themselves in storytelling; we discussed where we come from and where we wish to go to, or not to go to… ; we practiced translation, listened to the strange sounds of foreign, African languages and, again and again, to the curious sound of ourselves as we speak to others.

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In July, the women went out in to their communities and captured the work of the Zubo’s women in the villages and the Women’s Forum in sound and voices. They also interviewed their elders, mothers and grandmothers, on BaTonga culture, tradition and history.

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The second playlist presents a selection of the recordings which Zubo women themselves made in their local communities and includes some excerpts of statements by the young media women about their experiences as citizen journalists and oral historians in their villages.

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DJ Kwe’s music flies like an acoustic beacon over our journey together with the women of Zubo Trust towards their own media work as young BaTonga business women…

I could stand for my people…” Track 5 of DJ Kwe’s “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga” features Linda Mudimba articulately voicing her wish to represent the Tonga people as a Media Woman (based on a recording by rcd in 2012 ).

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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.

Twalumba loko.

Thank you for listening.

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

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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Audio journey through Binga…

2015/11/28

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…imagine yourself sitting in one of the local combi-taxies, watching the dry bush-land flying past, and listening to the echo of the women telling about their lives, Tonga culture, the history of displacement, basket weaving and fishing… including also voices from the other side of Kariba Lake, like artist/ researcher, Esnart Mweemba… and Bulawayo painter, Nonnie Mathe telling about her Grandma’s basket weaving and the inspiration of Tonga culture to her art making…

Enjoy the journey of listening!

 

 

Barnaby Spigel, composer/ producer/ DJ from the UK, created this 30 Minutes composition embedding the first 27 clips of the call-out playlist in a beautiful “audio movie”.

 

 

With vocals by:

the musician and arts administrator Penny Yon, student Linda Mudimba; Barbara Mudimba, a basket weaver and Viola Mwembe at Binga Craft Centre (translating Barbara); Mary Munsaka (Tonga Song); the teacher, Florence Munsaka at Damba Primary School; Janet Mwiinde and Luyando Muyalali in front of artifacts at BaTonga Museum in Binga; Abbigal Muleya and Rosemary Cumanzala from the women’s organization ZUBO Trust in Binga; artist and researcher, Esnart Mweemba, who belongs to the Zambian Tonga; Christine Hankwebe (Basilwizi Trust) singing a Weddingsong together with her neighbours, Ester and Mtenda (Zambian Tonga in Bulawayo); and Bulawayo painter, Nonhlanhla Mathe.

Find the original playlist here

 

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THE WOMEN OF THE GREAT RIVER

2015/08/15

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Deadline extended to 23 October!

Calling all Artists of Listening…!   

We are inviting you to respond to the voices, sounds and stories you hear in “The Women of the Great River”. This playlist features the story of the BaTonga – a story of displacement, resilience and self-assertion – in the voices of women from Binga, a town and district on the Zimbabwe shore of the Zambezi.

Playlist, part 1

Playlist, part 2

released by radio continental drift as part of “CIRCE The Black Cut” project. (56 tracks; 43 minutes; 57 MB)

Choose one of the women’s voices that speaks to you and mix it with recordings of your own. Please send us your 2-3 minutes remixes by 23rd October (upload online and post us the link).

Your contributions will be featured in the presentations of the CIRCE project in December 2015, which will include exhibitions, radio broadcasts and a new online album. Contributions will also be featured in the online sites of CIRCE and radio continental drift. The CIRCE project, as an open, interdisciplinary project allows for creative contributions of many kinds.

Please find all further details for your submission and the presentations in December, here, in the open call-out of “CIRCE The Black Cut”.

For questions concerning the playlist: please inbox radio continental drift, here on the blog or “Continental Drift” FB page. For all other questions and your submission/ details: please mail to sinetoaeaea [@] gmail.com

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The playlist features:  Linda Mudimba and Sihle Ndlovu (at the time, National Volunteers with Basilwizi Trust in Binga); Simudenda Bertha, a bead-making artist in Siachilaba; Barbara Mudimba, a basket weaver from Kariangwe; Viola Mwembe, sales assistant at Binga Craft Centre (translating Barbara); the teacher, Florence Munsaka at Damba Primary School; Janet Mwindii and Luyando Muyalali from Damba in front of artifacts at BaTonga Museum in Binga; voices and sounds from Siachilaba Primary School, Tusimpe All Souls Mission Binga and Damba Primary School; Abbigal Muleya and Rosemary Cumanzala from the women’s organization ZUBO Trust in Binga.

The playlist also includes: artist and researcher, Esnart Mweemba, who belongs to the Zambian Tonga; Christine Hankwebe (Basilwizi Trust) sings a Weddingsong together with her neighbours, Ester and Mtenda (Zambian Tonga living in Bulawayo); the Zimbabwe painter, Nonhlanhla Mathe, and the Zambian artist, Agness Buya Yombwe talk about the inspiration they received through Tonga culture; and Zimbabwe musician Penny Yon, who lived for many years in Binga, shared the lives of the people there while working e.g. with and for musicians as project coordinator of Kunzwana Trust.

For details on Binga related audio recording in the online archive please read here: Binga Audio Collection 2012 and related

Pictures from Binga (2012)

“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 Trust – Basilwizi Trust – Mulonga – Kunzwana Trust – Austrian Zimbabwe Friendship Organisation

 Listen via the All Africa Sound Map

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