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zambezi valley ON-AIR – tune-in 11 August 11pm

2019/08/09

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This is a radio-bridge across the Zambezi and across the world…”

(unten auf Deutsch)

tune-in via: https://oe1.orf.at/player

In 2016, I reached Binga about end of April, just in time to witness and document the first ever celebration of International Women’s Day in Binga Centre. When I noted surprise about the date, I was given the following explanation: International Women’s Day was celebrated as by international agreement on 8th March in the capital Harare after which, celebrations would move on, out to the peripheries, across the provinces of the entire country and into the rural areas… until, finally…

We are in the border regions of Zimbabwe and Zambia; ancestral land of the Tonga people who lived here joined and divided by their river since long; since 1958, divided by Lake Kariba and Nationality.

…the river belongs to the Tonga people/ the river has fish and crocodile/ our ancestors are crying…” (excerpt Tonga Anthem)

Mwayusa bieni,” hallo, good day! This is the place where we are talking from when our words tickle the ears of global listeners. Women of the Zambezi valley have a story to tell. They have made many of the recordings and first broadcasts. They are the protagonists and the directors of their audio documents. They take us by the hand (or, the ear) to daily life in the homesteads and to the work places of women in the rural areas. “Women document women stories” was the title of our oral history project with Zubo Trust. “radio” was not mentioned (but in the long play project description). It is a guarded national territory and a potentially sticky issue (not only in Zimbabwe); and not least, if it comes to “the centre” from the people “of the peripheries”.

Did you ever want to learn some of the secrets of the famous Tonga basket weaving…? Well, listen up, you are going to sit with the weavers and learn to weave malala

You’ll learn a bit of ChiTonga too in the process, because that’s the language we talk and sing both sides of the Zambezi Valley. Banakazi means women; balumi men. Malala is the palm leave used for weaving. A Zubo is a basket for fishing used by Tonga women when the Zambezi was still a stream in this area. Bbindawuko banakazi means business women.

The story the women of the Valley have to tell is no less a sticky issue, up and down the Zambezi and across the world… women self-empowerment, women economic empowerment through unity and team work. You’ll witness live as they talk to their Zambian sisters, the Bbindawuko Banakazi, registered name of the first women fishing cooperative on the lake. Their women-friendly kapenta rig is called Zubo.

Ngazi yamano means store house of knowledge; it is a name for Zongwe FM station in Sinazongwe Zambia. Zongwe FM was born in Zimbabwe more than ten years ago from the vision of a radio for the people both sides of the valley. Until today and despite many efforts, radio waves have not yet reached the valley people at large to bridge what divides. The women’s audio and radio recordings have gone around the lake; with the “news” of women self-empowerment, they went across the water, to the other side and even, across the world. Slow broadcast is radio too. The stories of the women have (been) zipped out of HD, CD and online archives into the everyday somewhere, boiled like malala in the heads of radio artists and audio activists until they are soft and coloured, ready for audio-weaving. Twined in rhythm, they return as surprisingly patterned sonic teachings and radio gifts, tickle the mind and make it and us dance.

…there’s a pattern, and you can hear the pattern going and coming…”!

radio continental drift has accompanied the women in their journey of audio and radio self-empowerment; and has listened to the weavers for inspiration on how to interlace audio and radio threads from the archives. According to what methods and measures could we cut or slice sonic matter and radio streams for weaving storylines inside out in a circle or helix manner; adding audio “pins” or warp inserts where required to increase the diameter smoothly in a patterned flow of sounds, words and voices…?

here’s our radio-basket, from Zambezia* for global broadcast….

Twalumba loko kutuswiilila / Thank you for listening

Zambezians* in radio solidarity: Abbigal Muleya Mumpande, Alan Dunn, Anna Stereopoulou, Barnaby Spigel, Bbindawuko Banakazi Coop with chairlady Cecilia, Budima musicians, Bulemu Mutale, Caven Mugande, Chiefteness Mwenda, Chiza Mwinde, Claudia Wegener aka Mutinta Mukuwa, Cleopatra Nchite, Crystal DJ Kwe Favel, Danisa Mudimba, Daphna Naftali, Diana Mwemba, disquetteïs, Donor Ncube, Dorothy Nosiko Mundia, Eunice Mwinde and her grandmother (banene), Esnart Mweemba, Felicity Ford, Feralmind, Godsglory JibrilEllams, Gogo aka Thembi Ngwabi, James Teelela, Kasimbi-ka-malaiti, Kennedy Kambole, Labecca Munkuli, Lisa Greenaway aka DJ Lapkat, Lucia Munenge and banene Ester, Luyando Muyalali and Janet Mwiinde, Lydia Banda Ndeti, Macdonald Chiemezie Nwokeji, Margaret Munkuli and her mother, Mario Friedwagner, Mariya Ntandiyana, Matron Muleya, Meira Asher, Monica Sianbunkululu aka DJ Mo, Monga Sharon, Mulenga Kapwepwe, Mweezya and Mweeka Women Clubs, Natasha, Nelico Mweetwa, Niki Matita, Nonhlanhla Mathe, Notani Munkuli, Patience Kabuku aka DJ Petty Young, Patricia Viencent aka NND, Penny Yon, Pupils of Damba Primary, Rosemary Cumanzala, Simatelele Women’s Forum, Simudenda Bertha, Soli Tii, Tamisha-Osamie, Terence Humphrey aka Trunkstore Arts, Tom Miller aka Comrade Squelch, Tonsodba Tshuma, Tusumpuke Saving Group and Nsenga Women’s Club, Tuligwazye Women, Valerie Vivancos, Valerio Orlandini, Viola Mwemba and Barbara Mudimba, Virginia Mwembe, weavers at Bunsiwa and Chinonge, Yvonne Chipo Makopa, Zubo Trust, Basilwizi Trust, Zongwe FM, Freies Radio Salzkammergut, i.a.

*the “Zambezians” („MaZambezi“) was a derogatory name for the Tonga people in Southern Rhodesia at the time after their forced resettlement; the name “Zambezia” for this area can be traced back to Victorian times

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radio/ remix/ archives,

remixes, (of “Radio-Bridge” Compilation, if not otherwise stated)

  • Crystal DJ Kwe Favel, “Voices of Binga” Album tracks 01, 09, 13, 15; and
  • Beautiful Warning” feat. Labecca Munkuli (unpublished)
  • Barnaby Spigel, “Women of the Great River” spigelsound dup mix (in “Vox”)
  • disquetteïs, “Zubo” feat. Lucia Munenge
  • Felicity Ford, feat. Esnart Mweemba (in “Vox”)
  • Feralmind, “Warning Song for Girls” feat. Labecca Munkuli
  • Niki Matita, “Haze’s Garden Radio”
  • Soli Tii, feat. Simudenda Bertha (in “Vox”)
  • Thomas Miller, “Zimbabwean Geology”
  • Valerie Vivancos, “We Are One”
  • Valerio Orlandini, “Path of Awareness” feat. Donor Ncube

broadcast excerpts,

original footage recordings,

Donor Ncube, Margaret Munkuli, Eunice Mwinde, Lucia Munenge, Caven Mugande, Nosiko Mundia, Monica Sianbunkululu, Patience Kabuku and Claudia Wegener; archived under cc license online

cover art Radio-Bridge Compilation: Trunkstore Arts

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Eine Radiobrücke über den Sambesi und um die Welt…”

(“This is a radio-bridge across the Zambezi and across the world…” )

2016 erreichte ich Binga ungefähr Ende April, gerade rechtzeitig, um die erste Feier des Internationalen Frauentags im Zentrum von Binga mitzuerleben und zu dokumentieren. Als ich Überraschung über das Datum anmerkte, wurde mir Folgendes erklärt: Internationaler Frauentag wird nach internationaler Vereinbarung am 8. März in der Hauptstadt Harare gefeiert, wonach die Feierlichkeiten sich über die Provinzen des gesamten Landes hinaus- und weiterbewegen in die Peripherien und die ländlichen Gebiete… bis sie endlich…

Wir befinden uns in den Grenzregionen von Simbabwe und Sambia. Die Tonga leben hier seit Urzeiten, verbunden und getrennt durch ihren Fluss; und seit 1958 geteilt durch den Kariba Stausee und die Nationalität.

Der Fluss gehört den Tonga/ im Fluss gibt es Fische und Krokodile/ unsere Vorfahren weinen…”

(Textauszug Tongahymne)

“Mwayusa bieni”, hallo, guten Tag! Dies ist der Ort, von dem aus wir sprechen, wenn unsere Worte die Ohren globaler Zuhörer kitzeln. Frauen aus dem Sambesi-Tal haben eine Geschichte zu erzählen. Sie haben viele der Aufnahmen und ersten Sendungen gemacht. Sie sind die Protagonistinnen und die Regisseurinnen ihrer Audiodokumente. Sie führen uns an der Hand (oder am Ohr) tief in den Alltag auf den Höfen und zu den Arbeitsplätzen der Frauen auf dem Land. „Frauen dokumentieren Frauengeschichten“ war der Titel unseres Oral History Projekts mit den Frauen von Zubo Trust. “Radio” wurde nicht erwähnt (ausser in der long play Version der Projektbeschreibung). Radio ist Territorium nationalen Sicherheitsinteresses und ein potenziell heikles Thema (nicht nur in Simbabwe); und nicht zuletzt, wenn die Sendung in “verkehrter” Richtung ausgestrahlt wird, von Menschen der Randgruppen und Minderheiten ausgeht.

Wollten Sie schon immer einmal einige der Geheimnisse des berühmten Tonga-Korbflechtens kennenlernen…? Nun, hör zu, du wirst bei den Weberinnen sitzen und es lernen, Malala zu weben…

Nebenbei lernst du auch ein bisschen ChiTonga; denn in dieser Sprache sprechen und singen wir hier zu beiden Seiten des Sambesi-Tals. Banakazi bedeutet Frauen; Balumi Männer. Malala ist das Palmblatt, das zum Weben verwendet wird. Ein Zubo ist ein Korb für den Fischfang, von den Tonga-Frauen benutzt als der Sambesi hier noch ein Fluss war. Bbindawuko banakazi bedeutet Geschäftsfrauen.

Die Geschichte, die die Frauen des Tals zu erzählen haben, ist nicht weniger heikles Thema, sowohl am Sambesi, als auch in der restlichen Welt… Selbst-Emanzipation von Frauen, wirtschaftliche Selbstständigkeit von Frauen durch Einheit und Teamarbeit. Sie werden es live miterleben, wie die Bbindawuko Banakazi, dies ist auch ihr offiziell registrierer Name, ihren Schwestern aus Sambia ihre Geschichte erzählen: die Geschichte der ersten Frauenfischerei Cooperative auf dem Kariba See. Ihre frauenfreundliche Kapenta-Rig heißt Zubo.

Ngazi yamano bedeutet Speicherhaus des Wissens; es ist ein Name für Zongwe FM Radio in Sinazongwe Sambia. Zongwe FM wurde vor mehr als zehn Jahren in Simbabwe geboren aus der Vision eines Radios für die Menschen auf beiden Seiten des Tals. Trotz vieler Bemühungen haben Radiowellen noch nicht die Talbevölkerung zu beiden Seiten erreicht, um zu überbrücken, was trennt. Die Ton- und Radioaufnahmen der Frauen sind mit den “news” der Selbst-Emanzipation von Frauen um und über den See, auf die andere Seite und sogar in die Welt gegangen. Slow broadcast ist auch Radio. Die Geschichten der Frauen sind/ wurden aus HD, CD und online Archiven in den Alltag anderswo gezippt, haben wie Malala in den Köpfen von Radiokünstlerinnen und Audioaktivistinnen gekocht, bis sie weich, bunt und webfähig für die Ohren sind. In Rhythmus verwoben, kehren die Geschichten als erstaunliche Klang-Muster und Radiogeschenke zurück, kitzeln das Hirn und bringen es und uns zum Tanzen.

“…es gibt ein Muster; du kannst es kommen und gehen hören… ”!

radio continental drift hat die Frauen auf ihrem Weg der Audio- und Radio-Selbst-Emanzipation begleitet; den Korbweberinnen zugehört, und sich von ihnen inspirieren lassen. Nach welchen Methoden und Maßen können wir Audio- und Radiofäden aus den Archiven verweben; wie das Klangmaterial und Radiostreams schneiden, oder spalten, und von innen nach außen im Rund oder Helix zu Handlungslinien weben; wie Audio-Kettfäden hinzuflechten und den Durchmesser im gemusterten Fluss von Klängen, Worten und Stimmen vergrößern?

Hier ist unser Radio-Korb, von Sambesia* für den weltweiten Rundfunk…

Twalumba loko kutuswiilila/ Danke fürs Zuhören

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* Die “Sambesianer” („MaZambezi“) war ein abfälliger Name für die Tonga in Southern-Rhodesia in der Zeit nach der Zwangsumsiedlung; der Name “Sambesia” für dies Gebiet kann bis in Viktorianische Zeit zurückverfolgt werden

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Chiefteness Mwenda – as women in Africa we carry a huge responsibility

2019/03/31

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Normally in Tonga culture, they don’t give the position to women…

Trained as a nurse, and a leprosy controller in her district, Mrs Kalichi didn’t have plans leaving her job and ordinary family life. The male folk among the royal family refused to take up the vacant position of the chief – why should they leave their job in town for some “backward stuff” in the remote rural areas of Chikankata Zambia…?!

It’s not interesting, my sister…

Eli Mwiinga Namazuminana Kalichi became Chiefteness Mwenda of Chikankata in 2006. In this interview, she unravels for us why she took the step that her brothers refused, and what it meant for her life to take up the traditional leadership position as a woman, and become the first ever Chiefteness in Southern Province… Today, Chiefteness Mwenda is Deputy Chair of the house of Chiefs; and with my questions, I encouraged her to tell us a little more about the House and its 10% female members.

 

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As women, we have huge responsibility towards all community…

Chiefteness Mwenda feels deep empathy for the women and girls in her district and sees her responsibility as a female leader in taking steps to change the plight of women’s lives for the better.

 

Belonging comes natural with the sound of the drums from the Valley…

Chiefteness Mwenda was a baby girl of three at the time of the forced removal; but her father came from the valley, and the memory of the forced removal and resettlement of the Tonga people and, of the Tonga culture and tradition was very much present in the family when Eli Mwiinga was growing up.

 

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Twalumba loko; special thanks to Sharon Monga for brokering the opportunity to record this interview with Chiefteness Mwenda and for accompanying me on the journey to her native Chikankata.

 

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Gogo – an ancient voice of the future

2019/03/28

 

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Thembi Ngwabi prefers to be called Gogo; ugogo meaning “granny, grandmother” in Ndebele. Even in 2012, when we recorded our first interview at Amakhosi Cultural Centre, the title of the elder and, an ancestral calling was already with Thembi. In 2013, I found her just relocated to the Lupane bush, in search of a realisation for her calling, and with a programme of cultural dance for local women and children at hand. We documented also this encounter with recordings.

The rain rituals have taken over my life…

In the present recording from October 2018 made at CoCont (Cont’s place) in Lupane, you may listen to the story of a demanding calling in Ugogo’s own words and voice. She describes her transformation from a young creative woman grown up in town (Bulawayo), a dancer, bass-guitarist, director of plays and films and of the Amakhosi Performing Arts Academy to a rapidly-aged, traditional rain-dancer in the Lupane bushland who follows spiritual instructions to build a new rain-making shrine which, as she has is linked straight to the Njelele shrine…

Almost everyone in Binga knows Maalila…

I ask Gogo in particular to tell us about her recent research in Binga. She had discovered that the geographically and historically closest rain-maker to her area in Lupane had lived in Binga. They went for a two-weeks research to Binga, and got to know the story of Maalila. He used to perform rain-making rituals at Binga’s hot springs until the Zimbabwe government and National Parks claimed the land as private property. Based on Gogo’s research, a thirteen-episode TV series about Maalila was developed and produced in Binga.

We need to go back to where we lost ourselves…

I also encourage Gogo to talk about her role as a woman in local culture and a woman leader of a new spiritual centre. I’m interested in Gogo’s contemporary open-mind now joint by an ancient voice; and curious about what I hear as a balance between a revival of culture and a celebration of diversity. Gogo ends the interview on a strong call and vision for her people… “we are fake… we don’t know what we are doing… we need to go back to where we lost ourselves…then, we can move on…”

Ugogo and her girl apprentice perform a traditional rain-making song.

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I felt shy photographing Ugogo… thus the pictures show mainly the dry Lupane bushland… and the trail of what was Cecil Rhodes’ dead-straight road through the bush….

Samba Yonga – the journey of an influential woman

2019/03/14

Samba Yonga is a Zambian journalist and media consultant. She has worked a long time as editor for Big Issue Zambia and has written for several other publications. Yonga is the founder of Ku-Atenga Media, a media consultancy firm and was named one of Destiny’s “Power of 40” most influential women in Africa 2017.”

Thus begins a Wikipedia article for Samba Yonga archived i.a. under the category “women in Zambia”. If you’d follow the link of that category, you’ll now find a sizeable number of articles, recently published about notable women in Zambia. This in itself is part and parcel of Samba Yonga’s work, part of a long journey and research…

Samba Yonga International Women's Day 2019

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Samba Yonga shares with us her journey of a woman in the media in Zambia, becoming an influential player in the emerging industry of digital representation, and a keen researcher throughout.

Samba’s storytelling is a fascinating genre of, i’d call it practical roll-modelling. She takes the listeners with her in her thought processes and inquiring and thus allows us to share in to her discoveries, questions and decisions on her journey.

Didn’t the women really do anything..? Where is our history…?

Samba Yonga co-founded the Museum of Women’s History in Zambia together with Mulenga Kapwepwe. The aim of the initiative is to insert the missing half of the country’s history into the mainstream and to do so in creative ways and with the means of contemporary digital media. This amazing initiative of rewriting a country’s history is the main focus of this interview, and with my questions I encouraged Samba to tell her story with this particular perspective in mind and to reveal to us how it ultimately came to founding the Women’s Museum.

In track 6 of the interview, you’ll hear about the most recent developments and activities of the Women’s Museum, the WikiWomen project #HerZambianHistory in early 2018 and the series of audio-visual podcast #LeadingLadiesZM about to be launched just now, in March, Women’s History Month 2019. Listen here for a short introduction

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We recorded the interview in the National Museum in Lusaka (occasionally you’ll hear some disturbances in the background); the Museum actually already granted exhibition space for the Women’s History Museum’s future displays.

Find the Museum of Women’s History online at:   https://www.whmzambia.org/ (currently under construction)

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Listen to Samba on: The Leading Ladies Zambia project

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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/

“Stories of Gardens…” on Datscha Radio

2017/09/13

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Stories of gardens are better than none at all…”

first broadcast on Datscha Radio Berlin, a 5-days radio-festival from a Berlin allotment garden, August 2017; produced in response to Datscha radio’s open call by radio continental drift

radio continental drift is proud and happy contributing to Datscha Radio in Berlin together with women audio/ radio producers from both sides of the Zambezi and beyond, namely Zubo Trust in Binga, Zimbabwe and Zongwe FM in Sinazongwe, Zambia; DJ Kwe joins the all-female radio-gardeners team from Canada with her music, excerpts from the inspiring Album “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”.

Margaret Munkuli and Lucia Munenge recorded songs and stories of elders in their communities about their life at the Zambezi before the forced resettlement displacing the Tonga people for the construction of Kariba Lake. The old ladies still danced and played Chilimba at the Zambezi, as they themselves tell, and they could shout across the river to their relatives on the other side; water for gardening was no problem…

DJ Mo and DJ Petty Young took many of these recordings on-air at Zongwe FM relating voices and stories from the Binga community to the Tonga community on the Northern shore of Kariba Lake thus, joining the now divided people in radio community. Radio continental drift joins the dots in the radio piece with bits of narration in English and German to invite further listening communities along on the journey. DJ Kwe’s beats lifts our voices to danceable teachings.

You can even follow our journey to Tonga gardens on the sound maps of aporee radio where you’ll find all the original recordings. 

Enjoy the listening. And have a nice day in the garden!

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Buy the Album “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”

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 look! Thank you for your support!

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Dance of carrots and baobab with stories of gardens and Tonga-song-remix by DJ Kwe performed to link and honour the women of Zubo Trust in Binga, Datscha Radio in Berlin, “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga” by DJ Kwe in Canada and Apocalypso Now, a performance party hosted by Alma Tischler Wood and John Wood at Lewisham Art House in London on 25 August 2017.”

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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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”

2015/12/31

 

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]

Women Empowerment

 

Audio/ Radio/ Arts

for consciousness building among global listeners.

 

Album 5

 

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!

 

 

Passing on stories in remix

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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.

 

All Africa Sound Map - Damba Primary

 

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

 

Anthem - Damba ceremony

 

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.

 

Damba ceremony gathering2

 

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.

 

Siachilaba Baobab

 

“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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