Friday, November 20, 2009

Digital Oral History from Durban

DURBAN SINGS is a regional audio media and oral history project with a story, an open platform for contributions and re-mixes from other listeners, and a trajectory of joining hemispheres via audio correspondence between listeners: building on a listening bridge between ‘grass-roots’ organisation of community, artists and activist groups of the Southern and Northern hemispheres.

“Its oral history aspect is about reclaiming the re-membering of our condition. (us = Azanians) and sharing this with global audience: the attempt in advancing an African theory of history.” (Motho)

Throughout history it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph Haile Selassie (His Imperial Majesty, 1892)

We tend to privilege experience itself, as if black life is lived experience outside of representation. . . . Instead, it is only through the way in which we represent and imagine ourselves that we come to know how we are constituted and who we are.” Stuart Hall. (“What Is This ‘Black’” 30)

In the telling and retelling of their stories/ They create communities of memory/ History, despite it’s wrenching pain, Cannot be unlived, and if faced /With courage, need not be lived again.
(Maya Angelou)

1 comment:

Durban said...

greeting Deedee,
and thank you so much for putting up our call-for-response on Waves of Change and DeepdishTV and for your much valued professional support to the DURBAN SINGS project; your work and all that is featured on these sites has already been an inspiration to our young efforts in Azania. We'd hope to correspond and exchange ideas and productions with you and other deepdish people and visitors; and we'd like to extend our warm invitation to all of you to lend your professional skills to the young DURBAN SINGS audio-media editors and producers by sending us small productions and remixes in response to our on-line audio archives. We'll be producing an interactive DVD that will include the contributions and remixes to the project. We've updated our call-out a little from the one featured here to encourage various professional producers to donate their skills in support of our media activist efforts. we'll paste it for you below.
We are calling listeners' contributions to "REMIXING AFRICAN ORAL HISTORY for a global audience"! please pass on the word! and thank you for listening.
warmest greetings from eThekwini
motho & radio continental drift,

*ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, DESIGNERS, RAPTIVISTS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, FILMMAKERS ! your creative donation will support the on-going work of the DURBAN SINGS collectives in Africa, a network of young cultural activists originating from the townships around Durban.
* COLLECTIVES OF CULTURAL ACTIVISTS AROUND THE WORLD ! your creative donations can be the start of an on-going correspondence and productive exchange with like-minded organisations in Southern Africa.
* WRITERS, RESEARCHERS, POETS, SCHOLARS! donating your creative and analytical skills to the work of the young cultural activists in Durban can support them in their efforts and enlighten the awareness about cultural activism across the borders of a divided world.

this is an open call for listeners contributions. for your response to be included in this year’s DURBAN SINGS publication the deadline is: 31 March 2010