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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)


for more detailed information please view:

project summary

oral history outline

workshop brief












The DURBAN SINGS project is based at the Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban and facilitated by Claudia Wegener (radio continental drift) and Molefi Mafereka Ndlovu (motho).


Claudia Wegener (radio continental drift), a German, London-based sound and media artist organising collective radio projects (such as the NGZ audio radio project), visiting scholar at the Centre for Civil Society (CCS) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).,


Molefi Mafereka Ndlovu (motho) born in Johannesburg now based in Durban; is a research fellow at Center for Civil Society full profile @:,24. He is a founding member of the RASAfm Radio Project (Pimville, Soweto 2005), he is a third year student of Community Development at UKZN- Howard College.


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Editorial teams, their areas and organisations:

Clermont: Ubuntu Babasha: Thembinkosi Daemane, Malaodi Sekake, Mpumelelo Kwini, Zandile Ngidi

Folweni Township: Imizebenzi Yentsha: Thulile Zama, Ayanda Mthembu, Zinhle Ndaba, Malusi Mkhwanazi, Sanele Langa, Nkosi Zama

Marianridge: Marian Coordinating Committee: Jenny Boyce, Beverly Webster, Linda Dupreez, Kathy Boyce, Charlenn Bridger

Mzinyathi: Malungisa Youth Development: Bongisipho, Mthokozisi Ngcobo, Zine Ngcobo, Sphelele Phewa

Inanda Newtown A: Youth in Action: Nhlanhla Mkhonza , Nkosinathi Buwa, Ndumiso Sondezi, Maswazi Mkhonza, Bomgani Mzaka, Nqobile Kunene, Vukani Mahiaba

Inanda Newtown A: Abasha: Phindilie Xulu, Nokulunga Mthethwa, Ayanda Sokele, Nosipho Maphumulo

Inner City: UKZN Refugee Council: Mambo Mukambilwa, Oliver Babingwa, Mustafa, Faustin, Stephen, Jean Claude

Umlazi (G section): Umlazi Youth Organisation: Cyril Linda Vezi, Sandile Desmond Sekeleni, Nokubonga ka Seme


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