Ouch – interface in pieces

It could have been very easy: opening the transport box, get the radio-interface out of it, place it on a table, plug it in, start it up, transfer the audio- & video material collected and processed in recent days and walk out of the National Gallery and enjoy coffee and the city-life of Harare.

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Time to say Good Bye

On the road again

It’s time to leave the rural areas behind us and approach the urbanized ones. All three of us, individually, spent some time last night saying good by the calm- and mightiness of Kariba lake. All experiences, tales and anecdotes here left us with unforgettable impressions, a recorded collection of tales, songs, traditional performances and a tremendous lot of images (digitally as well as as virtually in our heads).

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Happy Birthday Luumuno

Luumuno Birthday

It is only through Luumuno’s great help in interpretation and communication that we are able to listen to all these tales and anecdotes in this part of the world – and it happens to be her birthday today! Happy Birthday to you!

Busy with official meetings

Peter Kuthan, Werner Puntigam, Franz Hautzinger & Isabelle Duthoit arrived to Mlibizi yesterday evening. As scheduled by Basilwizi Trust we went to great and respect the deceased chief family of the Siachilaba community. A bit of a walk through the bush, the crossing of a river brought us to the homestead of them.
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Another part of Binga district


Networking, collecting more tales and sight-seeing, all packed in a single day. We left early morning to Binga, the district capital – if we understand it right. First stop was the head office of Basilwizi Trust, the Zimbabwean co-organisation of “Tales of Resilience”, followed by enjoying the world of internet-connectivity, a bit of restocking, posting our “snail-mail” and visiting the hot-springs close to Binga.

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Continuing processing the interviews

Re-listening the interviews taken in the last days is doubtless more intense than taking them. The details, with them the strength of the statements, the tales and traditions get more and more clear while editing.

Other things happening today:

– we learnt (beside of so many other things) the water in the Kariba lake could supply greater London for 300 hundred years.
– we finally saw the hippos

Caffeine – any chance?

1404_20_processing_21We are processing the material collected the former days since we are here in Siachilaba. From a far distance we hear the music being played in the shops at the road, often drowned by all sorts of bird-sounds and occasionally distracted through boats, ferries and canoes crossing or floating along the Zambezi river – right in front of our little huts we staying in.

What else could there be to wish for as for working place??? Okay, a bit more caffeine could help in certain moments…

Independence Day

“Listening to the radio and drinking a lot of beer” sounds like an international response to national days. “We laid down our weapons” is part of it too, “the day when we obtained our freedom,” when “it’s fun to be 34,” “we are very happy about it,” and we are “happy and rejoicing” and “dancing a lot, that we forget that we will die.”

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Victoria Falls – did you knows

Here they are – the great and mighty Victoria Falls. In their full power, which is reached – as we learnt – exactly in April and May. Advantage seeing them while they are carrying the highest level of water is clearly their imposing vigor and force. What could count as a disadvantage is the fact, that the spraying of the falls during this period makes it rather impossible to take photographs which aren’t as blurred as the ones posted here – as well as the fact of leaving the sight soaked till your bare skin – despite rain coats.

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