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“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.”

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Swedish Radio features Remixes

2016/02/14

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We are delighted about the announcement by Lisa Wall​, producer at Swedish National Radio, that the playlist of “Sonic cross-cultural exchanges” will feature in the Elektroniskt i P2​ show on Sunday 21st February 2016, CET 20:00.

The playlist features work by the following artists:
Sarah Washington (Germany, UK) – Annie Mpalume​ (Zimbabwe)
Gaël Segalen​ (France) and Pamela Kenmoé (US) – Chiwoniso Maraire; Linda Gabriel​; Ruvimbo Tenga​ (Zimbabwe); Zambia Popular Theatre Alliance (ZAPOTA)
DJ Kat Bpm​ (UK) – Soneni Sonny Gee Gwizi​; Virginia Phiri​ (Zimbabwe)
Felicity Ford​ (UK) – Esnart Mweemba​ (Zambia)
Patricia Walsh (UK) – Joyce Jenje Makwenda​ (Zimbabwe)
Dixie Treichel​ (US) – Mavis Moyo (Zimbabwe)
Dinah Bird​ (France) – Mavis Moyo (Zimbabwe)
Valerie Vivancos​ (France) – Mavis Moyo; Thandanani Women’s Ensemble (Zimbabwe)
Jordan Thomas​ (Canada) – Mulenga Kapwepwe (Zambia)
Luiza Schulz (Brazil, Austria) “Pontos de Escuta”
Antye Greie (Finland) – Ruvimbo Tenga (Zimbabwe)
Donna Maya​ (Germany) – Soneni Gwizi (Zimbabwe)
Danny Thompson​ (UK) – Soneni Gwizi; Virginia Phiri; Thembi Ngwabi (Zim.); Petronella Mkandawire​ (Zambia)
Anna Stereopoulou​ (Greece) – Virginia Phiri (Zimbabwe)
Sirpa Jokinen​ (Finland) – Virginia Phiri (Zimbabwe)
Inge van den Kroonenberg​ and “the Genetic Choir​” (Netherlands) – Virginia Phiri (Zimbabwe)
Additional:
DJ Xyramat [special remix for her radio show on Freies Sender Kombinat​ dedicated to the playlist on 8 May 2015]
Radio Continental Drift “Zambezi Women Call-out” (initial sonic call-out) Nov.2014

 

Lisa Wall, producer of the Elekctroniskt, a radio show dedicated to sound art, electronic  and electroacoustic music wrote to us:

“…We think this is a wonderful project – but even more important – it’s really good music! We are very much looking forward to introducing it to our audience. Please feel free to like our page and/or get in touch with me/us if you want to participate with more music – we are always listening for new wonderful stuff from around the globe.”

 

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.

 

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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

 

Album 3

 

 

The fire of listening unites!

 

 

Passing on stories in remix

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Passing on stories… in remix

2015/12/16

“It’s not just as if everyone is blowing their horns at any time; there’s a pattern and you can hear the pattern going and coming…

…one song for example is about a blind man, who went to Hwange in the year of hunger; he worked very hard and did very well and people got jealous of him, put poison in his beer and he died… – that’s the background story – even the small kids know the story…; but the lyrics are, ‘he drank the beer and he died’…

How’s this for passing on stories…?!

Penny Yon

 

 

Fascinated by the ways of passing on stories in lyrics, music and festivals in the BaTonga culture, three of the contributors to “The Women of the Great River” home in on Penny Yon’s and Esnart Mweemba’s descriptions of Tonga Music in clips 39 – 43 of the call-out playlist: The London-based painter, Alma Tischler Wood; the radio DJ and graphic artist, Terry Humphrey aka Trunkstore Arts, also from London; and the Austrian sound- and radio engineer and stage manager, Marcus C. Diess aka “Macussi” (his Tonga name).

 

'he drank the beer and he died" , painting/ digital print by Alma Tischler Wood

 

“he drank the beer and he died” – title of Alma Tischler Wood’s visual remix and, the lyrics of a Tonga song which Penny Yon introduces to us in clip 43 of the call-out playlist.

Alma Tischler Wood writes about her contribution:

‘I created digitally a pattern on the computer whilst listening to THE WOMEN OF THE GREAT RIVER (2) by radio continental drift. I was particularly impressed and amused by the subtle layers and rhythms of No. 43, Penny Yon’s Passing on Stories (…) I will create a painting (perhaps a series of paintings) of the pattern you can see on screen.’

A lyrics like “he drank the beer and he died” would be accompanied by a serial type of music, audio patterns as Penny Yon describes it, whereby drums beat the rhythm and the horns are each playing one note only and yet joining together in a musical pattern and composition – while the players would be at once dancing, sometimes running around, and the whole community being in motion…

A sample of BaTonga “Ngoma bontibe” music can be found on the Mulonga webpage (a composition by Siankwede Bokotela Mudenda; lyrics in ChiTonga/ English on the page, recorded in Siachilaba 1997, performed by the Simonga group); listen here

 

Lwiindi - photo M.C.Diess 2013

 

 

"BASKET" painting by Alma Tischler Wood

 

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

Alma’s abstract composition seems to me working in a very similar way and manner. A pattern of same-size triangles in shades of grey tones (let’s say, the drums, “bontibe”) and primary colours (say, the horns, “nyele”) create music in motion before the eye. The triangle, by the way, is a sign and symbol common to many cultures on the continent and often used in decorative patterns such as on drums or on fabrics. The triangle stands for stability and balance.

 

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The radio DJ and graphic artist, Terry Humphrey aka Trunkstore Arts in London created “Storyboard” (0:36) in contribution to “The Women of the Great River”. “Rapid listening and editing response,” Terry writes about his remix. The all-vocal piece could well function as a pattern, or a loop for a music, and dance – as it mainly draws on Esnarth’s chant from the Budima Ceremony which she sing as an example while telling about Budima. The piece also includes vocals from Penny Yon, Linda Mudimba, and Janet Mwiinde.

 

Budima - photo Basilwizi Bamulonga

 

Austrian sound- and radio engineer Marcus C. Diess created an intriguing musical encounter of women’s vocals from the call-out playlist and ambient recordings from the Lwiindi Festival, which “Macussi” (his Tonga name!) recorded on his visits to the Tonga community of Sinazongwe, Zambia in 2007 and 2013. In fact, Macussi’s skills were crucial in the establishment (2007) and technical updating (2013) of Zongwe Community Radio, as he was part of a team of community-radio-activists from Austria assisting Zongwe community in these tasks. Hear a broadcast by the station from 2007 about Lwiindi Ceremony.

 

 

Macussi aka Marcus C. Diess writes about his contribution:

“Recordings from my visits in Sinazongwe 2007 and 2013 (the Lwiindi Festival), Downloads from Continental drift . Hope Masike plays the Mbira Loops, the violine is played by Tony Stricker. Both live recorded in Bad Ischl 2014 by myself. Samples of a Kalimba played by me.”   Vocals from the call-out playlist include Penny Yon, Linda Mudimba, Janet Mwiinde, Agness Buya Yombwe, Esnart Mweemba, Barbara Mudimba and Viola Mwembe.

Do watch Macussi’s documentary to learn more about Zongwe Community Radio and the Lwiindi Festival of the Zambian Tonga in Sinasongwe. The first half of the film tells the story of Zongwe Community Radio; the second half, about the Lwiindi festival:

 

 

The film beautifully relates the BaTonga ritual during Lwiindi to go out on a boat on Lake Kariba and fetch water above the ancient Shines of the ancestors – now at the bottom of the lake. The women then carry the water in procession, accompanied by all the musicians with their drums, rattles and horns to the current Shines of the Chiefs male and female ancestors and share the water – together with locally brewed beer over the sacred burial grounds.

“The Tonga lost their land with the coming of Kariba but they have managed to retain much of their rich cultural heritage. The major threat has been the coming of some missions which preach that ngoma bontibe is of the devil. If these missionaries are to get their way and the Valley tonga are to stop performing their music, the Valley Tonga will finally have had everything stripped from them – even their unique cultural identity.”

For more about Tonga music, you may read the articles on the website of “Kunzwana”. I highly recommend the article by Keith Goddard “One man one note” from which the above quote is taken.

Mothers of Education and Custodians of Culture

2015/12/09

 

…celebrated in sonic remix by the vocalist-lyricist-composer Ms. Soli Tii in Berlin, artists/ composer Joseph Ba aka BroodingSideofMadness and the music/ poetry duo Asymmetroi Faroi in Greece and, in visual remix by the painter, researcher and art teacher Agness Buya Yombwe, based in Livingstone, Zambia.

 

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These contributions celebrate the important social roles of mothers passing on indigenous culture and knowledge to their children and grandchildren and, ensuring with their hard daily work, often in subsistence farming, a basic education for their children.

 

 

This stands against the dark background of colonialism – of yesterday and today – leaving impoverished communities where education of girl children became a luxury and child marriages are frequent. Additionally, the histories of colonial interference and missionary work on the continent, often left an imprint of patriarchal social structures on post-independent nations; where possibly before, in matrilineal tribes of Southern Africa, women’s rights and economic independence were safeguarded in indigenous tradition.

 

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The remixes of Joseph Ba and Assymetroi Faroi lend resonance to Linda Mudimba’s “praise song” for her Mum. Linda Mudimba is a student of African languages and Communication at Lupane State University, Zimbabwe (or perhaps she is already working as a journalist writing in ChiTonga – as was her vision…); at the time of the recordings Linda was one of the National Volunteers with Basilwizi Trust in Binga.

 

 

 

From the call-out playlist, Ms. Soli Tii has chosen the voices of two women talking of their mother and grandmother and, something like the love and duty to the culture they inherited through their female elders… Esnart Mweemba (Zambia) talks about her mother’s special art of basket weaving; Simudenda Bertha (Zimbabwe) recounts learning the art of bead-making from her grandmother, now passing it on to her children; she adds an appeal to the Tonga people to value and appreciate their culture. The two tracks could be seen to represent the BaTonga both sides of the Zambezi, one people today separated by the man-made lake of Kariba.

 

 

Ms. Soli Tii herself has started a musical women’s project called the “World Women’s Project”, which as she writes on the website was inspired by “The Women of the Great River”; and is dedicated to the memory of her late mother.

 

red beads on the bed, painting from the Taboo series by Agness Buya Yombwe 2015


I’m delighted presenting the first contribution of an artist from the region to “The Women of the Great River” call-out, Agness Buya Yombwe in Livingstone Zambia. Agness’ paintings are a visual remix to clip 51 in the playlist, a recording in which Luyando and her aunt Janet talk about female initiation rights among the Tonga people in front of related artifacts at the BaTonga Museum in Binga. Here, Janet relates the women’s custom of placing red beads (which she’s usually wearing) on the bed, indicating to her husband that she’s in her menstrual cycle.

A warm thank you to ‪Anna Stereopoulou who created a beautiful page hosting ‪Agness Buya Yombwe art works and, the many stories around the images and source recordings.

In clip 54 of the Call-out playlist, you can hear Agness Buya Yombwe herself talking about her experience of listening to the recordings with Janet and Luyando in Binga.  It was there and then that Agness “promised” making a painting about what she had heard from Janet. 

 

Mbusa teachings - photo Agness Buya Yombwe

 

I played the Binga recordings to Agness, knowing her interest and research about indigenous cultures, and the “Mbusa” (female initiation rights) among the Bemba people in particular. The above photo shows the Mbusa teachings in process at Wayi Wayi Gallery’s permanent Mbusa installation room.

A Visual Artist, designer and art teacher from Lusaka, Agness founded and runs Wayi Wayi Art Studio & Gallery with her husband, the painter Laurence Yombwe, in Livingstone, Zambia.

 

Wayi Wayi on Aporee Maps

Contributions to “The Women of the Great River”

2015/11/17

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We are delighted presenting here the names of international artists who contributed audio and visual remixes to “The Women of the Great River” call-out. We received 18 contributions by 16 artists of 11 countries; 15 sonic remixes by 14 contributors; two further contributors responded in a visual remix! 

In August 2015, radio continental drift had launched the open call for contributions in response to the newly released playlist “The Women of the Great River” which features “the story” of the Tonga people – 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.

On invitation of Athens composer, Anna Stereopoulou, we were partnering on this journey with CIRCE The Black Cut project.

Thank-you, also, to Anna Stereopoulou for inviting us on board of CIRCE The Black Cut project and initiating this exciting opportunity of joining many journeys and travellers in one moving moment of Listening. Thank you, dear co-travellers on the journey of listening!

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Here, now some lists of contributors and contributions; presentations of the contributions shall follow…

 

Contributors of Visual Remixes:

Agness Buya Yombwe, Zambia, “Cooking Taboo” and “Red Beads On The Bed” (feat Janet and Luyando)   •   Alma Tischler Wood, UK, “He drank the beer and he died” (feat Penny Yon)

Contributors of Audio Remixes:

Asymmetroi Faroi, Greece, “My mom” (feat Linda Mudimba)   •   Jürgen De Blonde [aka Köhn], Belgium, ‘It’s going to be dark’ (feat Penny Yon)    •    BroodingSideofMadness aka Joseph Ba, Greece, ‘Heart of Darkness’ (feat Linda Mudimba, ‘My mother’)   •    Crystal DJ Kwe Favel, Canada, ‘Tonga Anthem Remix’ (feat. Damba Students Welcome)   •   Macussi aka Marcus C. Diess, Austria, ’Lwiindi Water Fetching Remix’ (feat Penny Yon, Linda Mudimba, Janet Mwiinde, Agness Buya Yombwe, Esnart Mweemba, Barbara Mudimba and Viola Mwembe)   •   Dixie Treichel, USA, ‘Penny Yon – Southern Skies’ (feat Penny Yon) )   •  Lisa Greenaway aka LAPKAT, Australia, ’Water for the Spirits’ (feat Janet Mwiinde and Luyando Muyalali; Christine Hankwebe, and her neighbours Ester and Mtenda)    •    Terry Humphrey aka Trunkstore, “Storyboard” (feat Penny Yon, Linda Mudimba, Janet Mwiinde, Esnart Mweemba)    •     Sirpa Jokinen, Finland, ‘Rosemary’s Women’ (feat Rosemary Cumanzala)    •    Inge van den Kroonenberg, Netherlands, ‘COLONIAL HANGOVER / coming to a boil’ (feat Penny Yon)     •    Anna Leopolder, Germany, ‘Southern Skies’ original mix (feat. Penny Yon)    •    Ms Soli Tii, Germany/ Uk, ‘My Mums Basket’ (feat Esnart Mweemba) and ‘Simudenda Bertha’ (feat Simudenda Bertha)   •   Barnaby Spigel, UK, ’The Women of the Great River’ (feat clips 1 – 27 of the call-out playlist    •    Yes Afrika Women’s Forum, Germany, Podcast No.5 ‘Women Empowerment’ (feat Rosemary Cumanzala, Abbigal Muleya)

Contributors of the source recordings:

Simudenda Bertha, bead-making artist in Siachilaba, associated to Simonga musicians; Binga, Zimbabwe   •   Rosemary Cumanzala, director of the women’s organisation Zubo Trust in Binga, Zimbabwe    •   Christine Hankwebe, Administrator of Basilwizi Trust, Bulawayo Office, Zimbabwe, and her neighbours Ester and Mtenda (Wedding song)   •   Nonhlanhla Mathe, painter based at National Gallery/ Studios, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe    •    Linda Mudimba, student of African languages and Communication, Lupane State University, Zimbabwe; (earlier National Volunteer with Basilwizi Trust)    •    Abbigal Muleya, linguist, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the women’s organization Zubo Trust in Binga, Zimbabwe    •    Florence Munsaka, teacher at Damba Primary School, Binga Zimbabwe    •    Mary Munsaka, Tonga Song, Damba, Binga Zimbabwe    •    Barbara Mudimba, Basket weaving artists, Binga, Zimbabwe    •    Luyando Muyalali, student of African languages and culture at Gweru University    •    Janet Mwiinde, community elder in Damba, Binga district, Zimbabwe   •   Viola Mwembe, sales assistant at Binga Craft’s Centre, Zimbabwe    •   Esnart Mweemba, artist, designer, researcher, educator; previously Choma Museum; Zambia     •    Sihle Ndlovu, Student at Gweru University, Zimbabwe; (earlier National Volunteer with Basilwizi Trust)    •    Pupils of Damba Primary School (2012), Binga, Zimbabwe   •    Penny Yon, musician and arts administrator at Pamberi Trust/ Book Café Harare; Harare, Zimbabwe    •    Agness Buya Yombwe, visual artist, designer, researcher, educator based at Wayi Wayi Studio and Gallery, Livingstone Zambia.

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Go on a journey of Listening on the All Africa Sound Map

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Radio Communities without borders

2015/07/04

An update on the ongoing radio journey of the playlist of “Sonic Cross-Cultural Exchanges” of women artists

In May, Doctore Xyramat, FSK Hamburg, presented the playlist of “sonic cross-cultural exchanges” in her regular 13-hours show, dedicated to the music of female artists. Thanks to Doctore Xyramat, we are glad sharing here an excerpt of her on-air show (34′) which includes some of the remixes by international women artists, some of the original interview clips with women artists from Zambia and Zimbabwe and a telephone interview with Claudia Wegener/ radio continental drift (in German).

Xyramat herself specially prepared a remix for the broadcast involving near to all the clips of the original call-out playlist. Enjoy the listening! Remixes at Radio Chimeres Greece

And, thanks to Anna Stereopoulou and the studio team at Radio Chimeres in Greece, we now even know “The Women Sing at Both Sides of the Zambezi” in the Greek language and alphabet… On May 25, on the occasion of the global celebration of Africa Day, the webradio Chimeres Greece featured the entire playlist of Remixes on-air.

A Journey of Listening…

2015/05/04

A Journey of Listening/ Eine Reise mit den OhrenThe sounds here take us to a rehearsal of the Zambia Popular Theatre Alliance in the old Independence Stadium Lusaka… more than 260 young people drumming, singing, dancing… filling the entire stadium with sounds and motion.

Then, we visit women of the DMI Women Groups in nearby Chipata… they make jam or knitwear and sell it… and, they go singing and dancing through the neighbourhood edu-taining the people in the markets… sometimes, they’d even take a megaphone… I tell them that what they do is Radio already… “open street broadcast”!!

From there, sounds take us to Germany and to our African sistaz and brothers in Hamm during a party celebrating the establishment of the African Club, Yes Afrika…

My narration in the radio play is in German with the original recordings in the indigenous languages.

The entire radio piece (47’) … from an attic in Hamm, Germany… via Kampala, Johannesburg and Lusaka… and back… can be downloaded here  

The radio play is dedicated to community radio – in its many forms and shades – and, to the radio communities of “active listeners” it always forms and gathers; to my local “Bürgerfunk”, Radio Runde Hamm, to “pavement broadcasts” in Lusaka and wherever they happen and, to the community of listeners on Aporee Radio. First broadcast, 21 April 2015, Radio Lippewelle 105.0 FM ind online.

Playlist of original recordings with direct links to Aporee Sound Map

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Sonic gifts that break down barriers

2015/03/08

Joining our sistaz around the globe in celebrating International Women’s Day 2015… we can now release the complete playlist of sonic cross-cultural exchanges remixed by Artists of Listening from France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Finland, UK, Brazil, Canada and the US. As Garth Rennie at Cjam FM put it “sonic gifts that break down barriers”! 

On 9. and 23. February, our playlist of sonic cross-cultural exchanges went on-air to listeners across the Windsor/ Detroit border. Garth Rennie the tracks in his show “Soundscape-Rhythms” on Cjam 99.1 FM, a community and campus radio in Windsor CA. As always in his show, Garth presents the featured tracks cushioned in his live on-air remixes… often, as he says having five or more signal running at one time…

Soundscape-Rhythms broadcast 9 February

Complete compilation of remixes (more infos on each remix artist)

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Garth Rennie writes:

“Some woman in Detroit called in asking for the playlist then emailed saying she’d never heard stuff like that… The Detroit connection / prospect always exciting to me. Even though it is across the water [i.e. US] at the end of my street [i.e. Canada] still feels a world apart in some ways [… like across the Zambezi… ?! add. me]. “Zambezi Women” and Remix Artists are creating gifts that break down barriers. This much I know”

Soundscape-Rhythyms broadcast 23 February

We warmly thank all the correspondents in this cross-cultural exchange for sharing their skills with us all; the women artists in Zambia and Zimbabwe for sharing their stories and the International Artists for their response to the women in sound and music!

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Radio producers and all our Listeners are warmly invited to continue the correspondence by using the Remixes in broadcasts, sound- and radio pieces, or perhaps in a sound track for a film, and so on…

The source recordings as well as the remixes are shared under creative commons licenses, free for use and download.

source recordings: http://both-sides-of-the-zambezi.tumblr.com/

Join the celebrations and enjoy the listening!

Radio Correspondence of Women Artists

2015/02/14

A Compilation released in celebration of World Radio Day 2015 

easy download, MP3 Compilation (51.7 MB; 39 minutes; 15 mp3 tracks)

. The Remixes presented here were contributed by artists from around the world in response to recordings with Women in Arts, Culture and Media from Zambia and Zimbabwe. It’s a sonic correspondence across continents and cultures, intended to make the voices of Women Artists from Africa heard in “the global village”. The contributors and correspondents are:

Anna Stereopoulou (Greece) – Virginia Phiri (Zimbabwe)

Antye Greie (Finland) – Ruvimbo Tenga (Zimbabwe)

Danny Thompson (UK) – Soneni Gwizi; Virginia Phiri; Thembi Ngwabi (Zimbabwe); Petronella (Zambia); Mulenga Kapwepwe (Zambia)

Dinah Bird (France) – Mavis Moyo (Zimbabwe)

Dixie Treichel (US) – Mavis Moyo (Zimbabwe)

Donna Maya (Germany) – Soneni Gwizi (Zimbabwe)

Felicity Ford (UK) – Esnart Mweemba (Zambia)

Gael Segalen (France) and Pamela Kenmoé (US) – Chiwoniso Maraire; Linda Gabriel; Ruvimbo Tenga (Zimbabwe); Zambia Popular Theatre Alliance

Inge van den Kroonenberg and “the Genetic Choir” (Netherlands) – Virginia Phiri (Zimbabwe)

Jordan Thomas (Canada) – Mulenga Kapwepwe (Zambia)

Kat Bpm (UK) – Soneni Gwizi; Virginia Phiri (Zimbabwe)

Luiza Schulz (Brazil, Austria) “Pontos de escuta”

Patricia Walsh (UK) – Joyce Jenje Makwenda (Zimbabwe)

Sarah Washington (Germany, UK) – Annie Mpalume (Zimbabwe)

Sirpa Jokinen (Finland) – Virginia Phiri (Zimbabwe)

Valerie Vivancos (France) – Mavis MoyoThandanani Women’s Ensemble (Zimbabwe)

The remix artists chose one (or more) of the voices and stories which inspired them to respond in sound, and created musical remixes involving also their own recordings, background or personal story. All listeners are warmly invited to continue the correspondence by using the Remixes in broadcasts, sound- and radio pieces, or perhaps in a sound track for a film, and so on… The source recordings as well as the remixes are free for use and download under creative commons licenses.


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