Posts Tagged ‘storytelling’

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/

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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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Women on-air at Zongwe FM

2018/01/07

 

 “MUGUWA IN THE COMMUNITY”

A live on-air show with Patience Kabuku aka DJ Petty Young, Monica Siabunkululu aka DJ Mo and Claudia Wegener aka “Mukuwa Mutinta” aka radio continental drift in the Zongwe FM studio in Sinazongwe, Zambia, 2 Sept. 2016. (English/ ChiTonga).

Mukuwa” means the white, English-speaking stranger in ChiTonga, the language spoken by Tonga people both sides of the Zambezi; “muntu siya” means the black person, the African.

 

In this show, we are going together on a radiophonic journey to “mukuwa-country” and “munutusiya country”. What does it sound like in “mukuwa country”…?! Or, what sounds would we hardly come across over there, which are so familiar to us here, on the African continent…?!

We are listening to the sounds around a borehole and the sounds on a German motorway bridge; and, via on-air transmission ringing “mukuwa-country” church-bells over all Sinazongwe for probably the first time. We are listening to the sounds of the night and the different sounds of open markets this side and that side; and we get to talk about cleanliness and hygiene, relations to staple foods, social effects of cold weather, gardens, compounds, holidays and loneliness. 

Via the links can listen to the soundscapes on the All Africa Sound Map.

 

A white stranger in the rural areas will typically be greeted by the local children running together screaming “mukuwa, mukuwa!” This may be similar in rural areas across the globe; but here, on the African continent it has the bitter taste of colonial history and racism – probably not for the children, but certainly for me, the “mukuwa” and, other grown-ups listening to the encounter.

However, together with Patience and Monica, we pick up on the underlying prejudice and stereotypes on a lighter note, challenging each other in a vocal dance around stereotypes on the stage of a radio listening-play.

 

In August, 2016 radio continental drift has been partnering with ZongweFM, training five young presenters in audio recording, interview techniques, oral history methods, archiving, audio editing and playlist development for live on-air shows. Together with the two women in the Zongwe staff team, Patience Kabuku and Monica Siabunkululu, we developed 9 live on-air radio shows in which we are presenting project recordings from Zubo’s women in Binga and recordings with Sinazongwe women clubs.

Find a playlist of clips from three of our live shows at Zongwe FM

Zongwe FM is a community radio station in Sinazongwe, Southern Province of Zambia.

It’s Women’s Turn

2017/12/23

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One of my favourite pictures I came across in 2017!

You are looking at a bag woven from Ilala Palm by Zubo Trust women in Binga Zimbabwe on the “work bench” of spiritual turn-tablelist Crystal Favel aka DJKwe in BC Canada…

Encounters of women’s work and vision can extend across history in to the present moment and join distant cultures anew as ancient relations… once Binga Women used to weave their patterns in traditional bead-work; when beads become unavailable or unaffordable, their creativity didn’t stop there, but they transferred the old patterns of Tonga bead-costumes in to their basket-weaving… Zubo women didn’t stop there with their art but found new form in to which to weave their Ilala: hand-bags, laptop-bags and more… Crystal DJKwe Favel joins the round of women’s wisdom on cultural continuity in change, adds beat to knowledge and lets it/ us dance… from beats to beads and baskets to hand-bags and back… in “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.

Twalumba loko ! Thank you for listening ! Thank you for you support !

Her Story of Rocks

2017/11/04

now, i’m finally realizing that there are not many black geo-scientists, let alone women…!”

…like, this isn’t for girls…!”

…my love for geology stared here in Binga!”

The vocals of “her story of rocks” are based on a long interview with Chiza Mwinde in Binga Zimbabwe. Chiza was born in Binga, a place “at the back of beyond” as some have it. She is now studying geo-sciences in the US.

Hear Chiza’s story !

We worked together at the local women’s organisation Zubo Trust, Chiza as an Intern, me as multimedia volunteer. I was intrigued by her art of storytelling… about rocks, her research and, about her life… and I enticed her to share her story with us…

Listen to a playlist of clips from the interview with Chiza

 

The remix “Her story of Rocks” was created in response to the project and open call-out , “Breaking the Sound Barrier 8”

Excerpts from the interview were treated to various sets of chance cuts and effects, following the inspiration from the music, her story of rocks, the crushing of language and of tectonic plates in the history of the earth.

“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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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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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.

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!


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