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oral history workshop


 “It’s 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.”

The play-list at presents 20 clips assembled to offer audio windows into a one-week audio media and oral history workshop with 20 co-ordinators from 10 community groups from the townships around Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. (part one) (part two)  (an audio letter from London)









participants, their areas and organisations:


Clermont: Thembinkosi Daemane and Sibusiso Mazibuko: Ubuntu Babasha

Chatsworth: Alisha Joseph and Smantha: (Westcliff Flats Residents Association)

Folweni Township: Thulile Zama and Phumelele Dlovo: Imizebenzi yentsha

Marianridge: Beverly Webster and Lucy Kok: MCC (Marian Coordinating Committee)

Merebank: Mrs. L. Perumal and Greesen Perumal: SDCEA (South Durban Community Environmental Aliance)

Mzinyathi: Mthokozisi Ngcobo and Zine Ngcobo: MYD (Malungisa Youth Development)

Inanda Newtown A: Mkhonza Nhlanhla and Nkosinathi Buwa: Youth in Action

Inanda: Phindilie Xulu and Nkosinathi Xulu: Abasha

Umlazi: Nsikelolo Shabane and Gril Linda Nezi: Umlazi Youth Organisation)

Wentworth: Mrs. S. Leafe: CCS


some texts used during the workshop:




March 2009

DURBAN SINGS one-day follow-up workshop








In this one-day workshop, each of the DURBAN SINGS editorial collectives was presenting and discussing their specific local adaptation of the general techniques and methodology which were agreed upon in the previous one-week workshop. 


Nov- Dec 2008 workshops:

DURBAN SINGS introductory audio media workshops

with 4 community groups

Clermont: Ubuntu Babasha

Folweni Township: Imisebenzi Yentsha

Inanda Newtown A: Youth in Action

Mznyathi: Ibutolondonzima


In these workshops, 4 community groups were testing audio media techniques and slow broadcast concepts developed with black youth in South London during the NO-GO-ZONES audio radio project (; if and how these methods would translate to the communication needs and desires of young people and community groups in KwaZulu-Natal. The attached text and audio links give details on the process and outcomes of the recordings and on-line work.


  1. eThekwini Libraries and Museums are doing a programme of Durban Local Indigenous Knowledge, including oral histories, and posting material to the website We are interested to meet with you and discuss possible co-operation and sharing of expertise and resources. Please contact me as the Programme Leader

  2. durbansings permalink

    thank you, Betsie. it was a pleasure meeting you and your team. we are looking forward to join efforts and warmly invite you and the entire ULWAZI team to contribute at the Wolpe event on 16th July. over the course of next week, the audio collections from all the editorial teams based in Clermont, Folweni, Inanda, Marianridge, Umlazi and the inner city will go up on-line. we hope you are inspired to listen-in again… and respond… perhaps with a selected play-list of your top-10…? warm greetings

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