DURBAN SINGS is a pilot project collaboratively initiated and collectively developed by Molefi Mafareka Ndlovu, community research scholar at the Centre for Civil Society (CCS, UKZN), and Dr. Claudia Wegener, a visiting scholar from the University of the Arts London (UAL), together with 50 young people from 12 Durban community organizations, many of them now trained and networked as editorial collectives of audio producers for micro-media hubs in their local organizations and areas.
The project has a base at the university as a CCS outreach initiative – it includes training and workshops for recording, interview, audio-editing, oral history and IT skills; oral history data-collection, on-line and off-line archiving, project management, public presentations, networking, blog-editing, and broadcasts. An extensive on-line audio archive is uploaded at www.archive.org; and collections of oral history interviews from Clermont, Folweni, Inanda, Ntuzuma, Marianridge, Mzinyathi, Umlazi and the inner city are networked via their own blogs, the ‘switch-board’ blog at www.durbansings.wordpress.com and a ‘community portal’ at the CCS web-site: http://www.ukzn.ac.za/ccs/default.asp?11,62
DURBAN SINGS is funded by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.
Editors presenting the project for discussion at the City Cultures Seminar:
- Beverley Webster (Mariann Coordinating Committee, Mariannridge)
- Bongisipho (Malungisa Youth Development, Mzinyathi)
- Peter Shea (Ubuntu Babasha, Clermont)
- Nokulunga Mthethwa (Abasha, Inanda Newtown A)
- Claudia Wegener (radio continental drift, CCS Visiting Scholar)
Date: Tuesday, 02 March 2010
Venue: ccrri seminar room, 2nd floor George Campbell building, South Campus, Howard College Campus of teh University of KwaZulu-Natal. Use the south entrance into the building; and Entrance 3 on Rick Turner (Francois) Road if driving.
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