Music with a message

What's in a catchy tune? Historically, everything from brand loyalty to revolution. Music is a central part of popular culture; it is entertaining and provides a socially accepted medium for the repetition of messages (popular songs are played over and over again). Music offers a powerful, yet largely untapped, medium to communicate messages and create positive attitudes around all types of issues, such as health, HIV/AIDS, conflict prevention, human rights, etc. Crucial to using music as a strategy for social change is the marketability of the product, good music and good messaging with the ultimate goal of creating a popular culture that internalises the message.

CMFD's music is all written and produced by founder and director Daniel Walter, working in collaboration with talented musicians across the continent. Our music gets people moving, while passing along messages about everything from HIV to women's rights to preparing for a disaster.

THEME MUSIC

CMFD produces original music for each radio drama. The music is used as the theme song, and also packaged and promoted as a single track that radio presenters can use to both publicise the drama and raise awareness of the issues. The music incorporates traditional and modern beats and rhythms, and the lyrics contain subtle messaging.

Thuthuzeleka Music

Be Ready Theme Music

Hungry Cities Theme

Crossroads Drama Theme Music

Zaphamban izindlela music

Mahlabathe Speaks music

Bravos do Zambeze music

Piste Croisee Theme

MUSIC PROJECTS

Along with ongoing music production, we've also developed several projects that use music as a central part of the communication strategy (see list to the right).

From Chamanculo HIV Campiagn

Cara Triste (live recording)

From Humbanane

Switha Hela

Alertos da Vida

 Protege Sua Vida

 

From Musicians Against Xenophobia

Sigauque

Turning of the Tables

JINGLES

We prefer to whole songs, but every once and a while we shorten things up and create quick, catchy jingles

 SBCC

 

Senegal Reproductive Health campiagn

 Jabulani

CHILDREN'S MUSIC

We believe that music for kids should be just as well produced as music for adult audiences. In some cases, we've even worked using a participatory process to include young people in every aspects of writing music and lyrics.

Vamos Ler Music

 

 Desperta Mocambique

 

 

 


MUSIC PROJECTS

Music with a message

What's in a catchy tune? Historically, everything from brand loyalty to revolution. Music is a central part of popular culture; it is entertaining and provides a socially accepted medium for the repetition of messages (popular songs are played over and over again). Music offers a powerful, yet... Read More...
IMAGE Sigauque Project

With musical influences spanning across the continent - from a new take on marrabenta to Senegalese mbalakh and Nigerian afro-beat, and even samba, with some smooth sounding jazz thrown in the mix, Sigauque Project is a pan-African musical journey on the Mozambique stage. With two singers and a... Read More...
IMAGE Music/ Comics for HIV/AIDS...

Supported by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Mozambique, CMFD worked with the residents of Chamanculo, a peri-urban community of Maputo, to create music and illustrated comic stories to promote HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, and inspire youth to know their... Read More...
IMAGE Many Faces, One Africa

The community of Yeoville is home to a diverse and large migrant community, coming from every corner of the world. On 21 May, kicking off Africa Week, CMFD and the Africa Diaspora Forum, with support from the Foundation for Human Rights, hosted a pan-African celebration that included a music... Read More...
IMAGE Musicians Against Xenophobia

Musicians from Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe put xenophobia on the cultural agenda in a musical initiative to get people talking about discrimination. South Africa, especially Johannesburg, is home to thousands of foreign Africans. Some are refugees, fleeing persecution and seeking asylum;... Read More...
IMAGE Humbanane

As part of efforts to combat violence against women and promote human rights, Community Media for Development/CMFD Productions and the Johannesburg-based Mozambican youth group Alertos da Vida - with funding from the Global Fund for Women - released an Afro-Jazz compilation, Humbanane. Produced by... Read More...
IMAGE Safe Journey Campaign

Undertaken while CMFD Director Daniel Walter was working with IRIN Radio the “Safe Journey Campaign, ” and produced in CMFD Studios, the project used music and radio documentary production to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS, targeting Sesotho-speaking audiences of Lesotho and South... Read More...

 

 

 

 

Click here to read about Sigauque Project.
Click here to download an pamphlet about CMFD's Music for Social Change'

Music/ Comics for HIV/AIDS Prevention

Historias_dos_becos Supported by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Mozambique, CMFD worked with the residents of Chamanculo, a peri-urban community of Maputo, to create music and illustrated comic stories to promote HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, and inspire youth to know their HIV status. The music was also perfromed at a community concert, distributed to radio stations, and became part of local band Sigauque Project’s regular repertoire of songs.

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Many Faces, One Africa

concert_poster1 The community of Yeoville is home to a diverse and large migrant community, coming from every corner of the world. On 21 May, kicking off Africa Week, CMFD and the Africa Diaspora Forum, with support from the Foundation for Human Rights, hosted a pan-African celebration that included a music concert, soccer tournament, human rights information exhibit and guests speakers, as well as a radio documentary of the event. The concert featured the pan-African songs of Maputo-based group Sigauque Project; noted Congolese musicians Marco Don K1st and Blancho du Pouvoir’s international Afro pop with Rumba flair; West and South African rythms and raggae beats from Mazola (Lion Silver Dread); Katlehong entertainers Blue Boy Pantsula; and the South African classical sounds of Seeds of Lights. The event also featured Zolani Mkiva, renowned Poet of Africa, one of the youngest practitioners of one of the oldest oral traditions in Africa, kubonga, or praise singing - all in the name of focusing attention on migrant’s rights as human rights.

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Safe Journey Campaign

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Undertaken while CMFD Director Daniel Walter was working with IRIN Radio the “Safe Journey Campaign, ” and produced in CMFD Studios, the project used music and radio documentary production to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS, targeting Sesotho-speaking audiences of Lesotho and South Africa, particularly the migrant workers of Lesotho. Combining the production of three songs with Sesotho musician Bhudaza Mapafane with a 10-stop road show, accompanied by radio journalists, this provided a unique approach to HIV messaging.

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Sigauque Project

SigauqueWith musical influences spanning across the continent - from a new take on marrabenta to Senegalese mbalakh and Nigerian afro-beat, and even samba, with some smooth sounding jazz thrown in the mix, Sigauque Project is a pan-African musical journey on the Mozambique stage. With two singers and a full horn section, backed by throbbing bass and rhythmic percussion, the show is not to be missed. Most Sigauque Project songs were originally created and recorded by CMFD Productions as part of media for social change projects.

For the latest shows, visit the Sigauque Project face book page

Watch videos on the Sigauque Project You Tube Channel

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Sigauque Project

With musical influences spanning across the continent - from a new take on marrabenta to Senegalese mbalakh and Nigerian afro-beat, and even samba, with some smooth sounding jazz thrown in the mix, the band is a pan-African musical journey. Sigauque Project plays songs created as part of CMFD's media for socal change projects, getting people moving with a message.

Visit the Sigauque Project website
www.sigauqueproject.com

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