Posts Tagged ‘radio’

Nosiko Mundia – documenting to share knowledge

2019/04/15

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Nosiko is a young woman born and raised in Sinazongwe Zambia. I am interested to hear her story how she got to join the community radio Zongwe FM. Nosiko has completed secondary school and had open ears for a different pass-time. She listened to the local radio in her homestead thinking ‘i can do just as well’. When ZongweFM team was looking for a secretary, she joined. Nosiko tells us that she long since had a dream of becoming a journalist; but now, checking on reality, she’ll soon start training as a nurse. In the Zongwe team, Nosiko also breaks into a rather male-dominated field: football commentary. She describes for us the process, how it’s done at Zongwe FM; even gives us a sound bite.

We recorded the interview in the IT class room next to the Zongwe FM studio after one of my first training sessions with Zongwe team in June 2018. The radio transmitter is housed in this room; that’s the white noise in the background.

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can you manage behind the mic…? Yes I can!”

Nosiko was one of only very few young women who came to join our Zongwe training and broadcasts; and she was the only one to stay long enough for us to achieve some work together; such as the “Basimbi Radio” workshops and broadcasts with school girls; and an exchange visit to Zubo Trust in Binga across Kariba Lake which Nosiko got to join and document.

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come to Zongwe FM, join me as your sister!” (birth of “basimbi radio”)

Others came once or twice and vanished. It needed a lot of time, patience and flexibility to find the young ladies and collect them from wherever they were if need be. Reasons for the difficulty are varied, but I could convince myself that it all boils down to women’s endless duties at home and in their families. I found myself negotiating free time for the girls from mothers and fathers…  Memory and feeling told me that my experiences in neighboring Zimbabwe have been better by degrees. I went to and through various statistical records; numbers seem to confirm my impressions. See for example: WEF gender-gap index 2015 (the last year that Zambia is listed) or UNwomen sdg-report

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The second interview with Nosiko Mundia was recorded shortly after her return from Binga where she accompanied Maria Ntandiyana and Cleopatra Nchite, two representatives of Sinazongwe women clubs on a visit to the women’s organisation Zubo Trust. Nosiko is still excited. As for the other two women, it was her very first international journey into unknown territory. She tells us about the different kinds of economic empowerment projects which they got to know among Zubo women, the kapenta fishing, the craft weavers, the soap production from Jatropha.

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my role was to record…”

Nosiko reflects on her role as the record-keeper, the one who documents the event in service for the others to assist memory and for those back home so even they may learn by listening to the recordings. We ask her about any differences in the lives of women she may have noticed:

“women in Sinazongwe don’t cooperate… and they don’t sell what they produce…”

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Based on Nosiko’s audio documentation, we made a number of broadcasts for the community where she, and also Maria and Cleopatra reported what they had witnessed and learned. Clips from the broadcasts are already archived.

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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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“I was the only girl…”

2019/03/10

The story of DJ Petronella recorded in Lusaka 2012, recently inspired young women presenters at the community radio Zongwe FM in Sinazongwe Zambia; especially one clip went on-air numerous times in the Zambezi Valley… reactions are also documented … and remixed further…

Encouraged by her Mum, Petronella went for auditions at ZNBC… She was the only girl… Got it! …and this became the start of her career in radio.

We made the recording with DJ Petronella at Kulima tower in the floors of Joy FM Lusaka where she was working at the time in 2012. Listen to Petronella…!

The recording and story from DJ Petronella inspired vivid response from DJ Mo and DJ Nono in a Zongwe FM Family Show in July 2018. The studio – as usual filled with male Zongwe presenters but plans for “Basimbi Radio” already in the pipeline, the women presenters, Monica and Nosiko were delighted to grasp the opportunity for a shout-out to the women and girls in the community to make their voices heard.

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listen to a clip from the Zongwe Family show 

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Excerpts from this on-air show went out even further with the jingle for “Basimbi Radio” a weekly radio opportunity with and for young women on Zongwe FM. Music by Crystal DJ Kwe Favel from the 2016 Album “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”.

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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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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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Radio-Bridge (pre-release)

2018/04/20

Together with the team of radio-makers at Sinazongwe Community Radio, Zongwe FM and the women of Zubo Trust in Binga, we are proud and happy launching a special pre-release track, remix gift by DJ Kwe to the forthcoming compilation “Radio-Bridge across the Zambezi”.

A compilation of 24 tracks by more than 50 contributors from 17 countries is awaiting you.

Enjoy the listening and Stay Tuned!

All proceeds from the compilation’s online sales will benefit radio-makers in training both side of the Zambezi. Twalumba loko, thank you! for your resonant solidarity!

“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.”

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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featuring i.a.

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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