By Moshe Maghundu
Archivist and Librarian at SABC Platfontein
X-K FM radio station covered the “Desert Festival “in the Kalahari. The Desert Festival was on the eve of Human Rights Day in South Africa on 20 March 2013 at the //Uruke Bush Camp Adventure grounds.
Moshe Maghundu, as the archivist, got the opportunity to go with the crew and do recordings (thanks to William Heath) for the archives.
He is very grateful for every opportunity he gets to collect material for the X-K FM archive, as he is busy building the archive from scratch. Whenever a San-related event is taking place, he has to make arrangements with his managers to be able to go and collect archive material, whether it be audio, photos, arts or crafts.
He writes these blog posts which is an unique way to capture the history and the culture of the San people.
The Acting Premier of the Northern Cape, Grizelda Cjiekella opened the //Uruke Bush Camp, which was part of the official opening of the Kalahari Desert Festival.
|Acting Premier of the Northern Cape, Grizelda Cjiekella|
The photo on top shows the the outlay of the //Uruke Bush Camp from a distance.
|The //Uruke Bush Camp Adventure Project sign,|
with names of sponsors
New technology made it possible to broadcast at the Kalahari Desert festival ("Innovation beyond boundaries").
This unique festival is the first of its kind in the Kalahari. It had its challenges in terms of the area and the environment. Many wanted to know where to find the place and whether it would be possible to broadcast in the middle of the red dunes.
|Moshe Maghundu with the Comrex|
We did a live broadcast from the venue. The challenges included a MTN signal which went up and down, but we as the training personnel discovered that I had to lift up the Comrex while they were broadcasting.
We were surprised to see so many people that came to our tent just to be with us and listen to the languages we use.
|X-K fm made history by broadcasting in the three San languages: |
Xun, Khwe and Naro (San language from Botswana, Gantzi)
Left is a Naro speaking person, middle is !xun speaking and right is Khwe speaking. The different languages have some overlapping words, some with different meaning, and some with the same meanings.
We had a very long day of interesting broadcasting.
We made history!
|The Upington dance group taking a lead by performing their dance|
|Andriesvale Kalahari dance group|
|The disabled Namibian artist called Kadawaka playing his instrument|
|Platfontein Khwe traditional dance group|
|Platfontein! Xun traditional dance group |
|Chris Mpisi with Pops Mohammed getting ready for the day and performance|
Every one was waiting to see Pops on the stage. It was well worth the wait!
Blog post by Karen du Toit, Afrikaans Archivist at SABC Radio Archives