Vocal Instant Composition

African Women Radio project & Genetic Choir

The Genetic Choir has become part of a compilation release to celebrate World Radio Day 2015 through the project The Women Sing At Both Sides Of The Zambezi.

Listen to this sound snippet remix, featuring Zimbabwean writer Virginia Phiri and a Genetic Choir composition that we created in reaction to her words. Inge van den Kroonenberg made this short but evocative remix using pieces of both recordings.


This piece is part of a bigger project in which ‘sonic correspondence’ has been sought between women in Arts, Culture and Media from both Zambia and Zimbabwe and artists around the world. Practically, it meant that recordings of these women’s voices, talking about issues they feel strongly about, where offered to create musical responses to.

To hear the original words of Virginia Phiri in context, listen here:


Thanks Virginia, for your words, thanks Radio Continental Drift, for spreading them and thanks Inge, for involving us in this and creating this beautiful poststamp composition!

Claudia Wegener from Radio Continental Drift commented on the merging of Genetic Choir voices with Phiri’s words & Inge’s remix talent: “Beautiful take on the spiritual effect of the drum beat on the human soul via the human voice! And teasing it out in a 42 seconds piece! Wonderful project!”

Below the whole compilation of the musical exchanges between Africa and the rest of the world & some more info about this great project (which is still going on and invites more correspondences):



From the website of the project, initiated by Radio Continental Drift:

Radio Correspondence of Women Artists 

a compilation released in celebration of World Radio Day 2015     download MP3 Compilation (51.7 MB; 39minutes; 15 mp3 tracks)



The Remixes presented here were contributed by artists from around the world in response to recordings with women in Arts, Culture and Media from Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

It’s a sonic correspondence across continents and cultures, intended to make the voices of Women Artists from Africa heard in “the global village”. The contributors and correspondents are:

  • Anna Stereopoulou (Greece) – Virginia Phiri (Zimbabwe)
  • Antye Greie (Finland) – Ruvimbo Tenga (Zimbabwe)
  • Danny Thompson (UK) – Soneni Gwizi; Virginia Phiri; Thembi Ngwabi (Zimbabwe); Petronella (Zambia)
  • Dixie Treichel (US) – Mavis Moyo (Zimbabwe)
  • Donna Maya (Germany) – Soneni Gwizi (Zimbabwe)
  • Gael Segalen (France) and Pamela Kenmoé  (US) – Chiwoniso Maraire; Linda Gabriel; Ruvimbo Tenga (Zimbabwe); Zambia Popular Theatre Alliance (ZAPOTA)
  • Inge van den Kroonenberg and “the Genetic Choir” (Netherlands) – Virginia Phiri (Zimbabwe)
  • Jordan Thomas (Canada) – Mulenga Kapwepwe (Zambia)
  • Kat Bpm (UK) – Soneni Gwizi; Virginia Phiri (Zimbabwe)
  • Luiza Schulz (Brazil, Austria) “Pontos de escuta”
  • Patricia Walsh (UK) – Joyce Jenje Makwenda (Zimbabwe)
  • Sarah Washington (Germany, UK) – Annie Mpalume (Zimbabwe)
  • Sirpa Jokinen (Finland) – Virginia Phiri (Zimbabwe)
  • Valerie Vivancos (France) – Mavis Moyo; Thandanani Women’s Ensemble (Zimbabwe)

The remix artists chose one (or more) of the voices and stories which inspired them to respond in sound, and created musical remixes involving also their own recordings, background or personal story.

All listeners are warmly invited to continue the correspondence by using the Remixes in broadcasts, sound- and radio pieces, or perhaps in a sound track for a film, and so on…

website/more info: Radio Continental Driftradiocontinentaldrift


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