Dispatches from Central Africa

Malawi Marionettes

It has been a great pleasure to discover that Malawi street art encompasses marionettes.

The Chichewa word is either chi/zi-doli (loaned from English) or mwantche (which refers originally to a girl's doll made of clay). However, one of our informants uses the word msangulutso ('what makes you happy')!

Here are links to two short videos, filmed at Kamuzu Academy (Kasungu District) and in Lilongwe in August and September 2018. They also feature the Swiss marionettes of Miss Alisoun Probert (London and Plymouth, UK).

 

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Mr. Gabriel Miliano and Zibelu Band perform John & Juliet at Kamuzu Academy (Kasungu District) in August 2018.

The video is available here and the transcript of an interview with Mr. Gabriel Miliano is available here.

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Mr. Mphatso Phiri performs 'Msangulutso' in Lilongwe in September 2018.

The video is available here and the transcript of an interview with Mr. Mphatso Phiri is available here.