This track from DJ Kwe appeared on the Soundcloud stream and had immediate impact. It gains more meaning when you actually read this article.
DJ Kwe writes about her contribution and motivation of her music:
“Our Native community is resilient; we have overcome slavery, displacement and documented genocide. It is in our blood to share our stories and oral tradition through audio. That is why it’s very important to introduce digital audio storytelling as another method to preserve our traditional stories and oral traditions. As we rebuild our family structures and heal from the generations of abuse, we are reconnecting through the use of modern tools. It is my goal to repair the hearts of my community through my music and writing. This is a motivational movement through electronica to reach for the stars, regardless of race.”
“…The River is for the Tonga people.
The river has fish and crocodiles…
Our ancestors are ‘crying’…”
The above lines came via a quick text message from Michito Veronika, Zubo Trust’s communications officer, currently in the Netherlands, completing her MA dissertation. I had sent her the link to a recording asking whether the song following the Zimbabwe National Anthem was perhaps a kind of Tonga Anthem. “…oooh very nice. you have just made me miss home…,” Michito wrote and added the lines above in translation.
Listen to the recording here:
“The Tonga lost their land with the coming of Kariba but they have managed to retain much of their rich cultural heritage…”
Keith Goddardwrites in his article “one man one note” (2005)
The recording of the Tonga Anthem was made in 2012, when I accompanied members of Basilwizi Trust to an award ceremony at Damba Primary…
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