Posts Tagged ‘women’

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

Women of Rwanda

2014/09/25

Healing Social Trauma Through The Arts

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

“It was a hard wake-up call…!”

“We need to educate all of us…”

“We need to keep Rwanda as a laboratory…”

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Our women’s media project needs your support!

2013/11/12

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We are calling for your generous support to our crowd-funding campaign which ends on 25th November 2013 !

We are Priscilla Sithole, a filmmaker from Bulawayo and Claudia Wegener, a German sound- and radio artist. Together, we are working towards a women-driven film- and media project. We want to train young women in Bulawayo as instructors in film-production and creative media. African women are still to become active participants in the so called “global information age”. THE WOMEN SING AT BOTH SIDES OF THE ZAMBEZI celebrates the power of storytelling, and the creativity of African women and places them – literally – on the global map with our online pages like the All Africa Sound Map.

The money you donate to this campaign will help us to produce a CD and DVD publication to showcase the project’s resulting films and audio recordings. A majority of our local contributors and audiences have still little to no access to the Internet and the online audio-resources of our project. Hardcover publications are  as important as local screening events of our films to reach our audiences in Zimbabwe itself.

Special thank-you gifts will be sent to all our supporters!

Please join us and support our project today !

Click to download flyer (english)

Click to download flyer (german)

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QnA about the ALL AFRICA SOUND MAP

2013/09/13

  sounding worldmap copyHallo Listeners! For those of you who wish to know more about the ALL AFRICA SOUND MAP and our women film- and media project in Bulawayo, here is a freshly pressed QnA about it, a conversation among two practitioners of listening, Felicity Ford, editor of “The Domestic Soundscape”, and Claudia Wegener, radio continental drift. 

click here to read the article

The piece with images and sound wants to shed light on the uses and possibilities of the ALL AFRICA SOUND MAP as a new platform for an interactive archiving of African arts and culture, and especially as a place for women to share their stories and knowledge.

And here an article for German readers, published in the local daily the “Westfaelischer Anzeiger” before my departure to Zimbabwe.

ALL AFRICA SOUND MAP

2013/07/21

CONTRIBUTE YOUR LOCAL RECORDINGS AND PLACE AFRICAN ARTS AND CULTURE ON THE GLOBAL MAP.

All Africa Sound Map 2We invite all listeners, and especially our sista artists and storytellers in Africa and across the globe to build with us a sound-library of storytelling on the All Africa Sound Map by contributing your local recordings from wherever you are. Click here to contribute your recordings to the All Africa Sound Map. 

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THE WOMEN SING AT BOTH SIDES OF THE ZAMBEZI

The Women Sing at Both Sides of the Zambezi

2013/03/29
DMI women Chipata Compound Lusakaa Border CrossingAfrican Fruits KitweAgness Yombwe Livingstone MarketAgness Yombwe Show-grounds Lusaka
Anesu Katerere at Gallery Delta HarareAnna Miti and FAMWZ colleague at Harare ClubAnna Mushaninga Women For Peace Highfield HarareAnnie Mpalume NGZ HarareAvondale Street Kitchen Harare
Barbra Breeze Anderson Poetry Slot Star fm HarareBasilwizi National Volunteers at Siachilaba Primary BingaBatsi, Omega and Dudu at Book Cafe HarareBella Tapezicer Gwanza Workshop NGZ HarareBinga Library
Blackheat Band at Book Cafe HarareBlackheat Mufakose Jam HarareBulawayo City MarketBulawayo Public LibraryZambezi btw Victoria Falls and Livingstone

The Women Sing at Both Sides of the Zambezi, a set on Flickr.

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Hallo Listeners! With these images we are celebrating the launch of an archive for life-story-telling established by African women for their sisters, and brothers, near and far. The archive forms a start for audio-visual–radio and creative media projects with women in the Zambezi region aiming to pass the skills of digital productions and the tools of their distribution in to the hands of the storytellers. For more details and how you can join, read here

30 clips from Binga opening the audio archive… 

Development Through Radio

2013/02/01

click here to listen to Mavis Moyo ))))) 

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“DTR Clubs Seke receive radios”; photo: Calvin Dondo

MAVIS MOYO is an 85-year-old veteran broadcaster with Radio Zimbabwe (Radio 4) and a founding member of the Federation of African Media Women Zimbabwe (FAMWZ 1985). Here she talks to radio continental drift how she got involved in the media and what it meant for her at the time (1954) as an African woman from rural Matabeleland. She relates how what became known as DTR or Development Through Radio grew from the seed of a collaboration and exchange between urban and rural women, initially between the Jamuranai Women’s Club in the Harare township of Highfield and rural women from Seke South of Harare. It is this relation between women across urban-rural divides, which developed into an early precedence of participatory radio in Africa to an unprecedented scale… See More

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