We had the chance to see a bit of Harare the last two days, enjoyed several performances at HIFA, listened to a panel discussion looking at the current developments in curating contemporary African art and finally met the people from the Book Cafe.
It’s set up. Waiting to be used through the audience tomorrow. Friday 02nd of May there will be a official opening – 3PM
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.
we landed. in town. busy roads, ambulance sirens, crowds of people, robots (as the traffic lights are called here) fences, gates & security personal.
It was supposed to be a short break to stretch our legs and get one of these lovely watermelons on our way from Bulawayo to Harare. As experienced many time since being here, people just start interacting, asking questions, being friendly in general.
“that’s all it is about for me.” // Cont Mhalanga
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).
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!
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.
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.
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
We 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…
Thanks to this great and hearty group of women we had an impressive, challenging and strange (in the best sense of the word) experience.
“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.”
Beware of hippos at night: We are still not sure whether this advice – right at the entry at the place we will stay for almost the next 10 days – should either be exciting or rather terrifying …
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.
More to come. But for today, we call it a day. A beautiful day!
what to say… as a first photo published in our “travel-diary” we hoped to post an impressive image showing the Victoria Falls…
While we ourselves are still in the middle of getting ready for the trip, the radio-set is all set to be packed and sent to Zimbabwe!