Pumpkin Wheels & Pawpaw Flutes
The Games of Malawi

The Children's Games of Kasungu District

Cathy, Blessings and Brian make Gulugufe (Fluttering Butterflies) from leaves of the Msekese tree (January 2014).

From January to March 2020 work was undertaken to record the children's games of ten primary schools (including one school for the blind) in Kasungu District, Malawi.

 

An Introduction presents the Producer's Choice of "The Best of the Best".

 

Appendices allow extension of the work both to different age cohorts and to other districts in Malawi.

 

The eponymous Pumpkin Wheels (Zigirigiri) and Pawpaw Flutes (Zitoliro) are illustrated in Appendix I.

Introduction

"The Best of the Best"

21:00

"The Best of the Best"

 

Ogode (01:27)
Jingo (02:53)
Chiberemuda (04:53)
Bawo (05:52)
Mzama (07:28)
Zodula (08:10)
Chitelera (09:29)
Nguli (11:34)
Fulaye (13:24)
Katambalare (16:32)

Part 01/10

Chamalaza Primary School

14:48

Chamalaza Primary School

 

Amina (01:24)
Bawo (02:27)
Champion (04:09)
Ogode * (06:03)
Katambalare (06:59)
Kwekwe (08:04)
Sikwa (09:14)
High Jump (11:21)

Part 02/10

Chambidzi Rita Primary School

14:25

Chambidzi Rita Primary School

 

Amina (01:15)
Fulaye (02:04)
Jingo * (05:31)
Nguli (09:58)
Takumana (12:48)

Part 03/10

Chankhalamu Primary School

14:42

Chankhalamu Primary School

 

Champion (01:15)
Chiberemuda * (03:36)
Chitelera (04:51)
Katambalare (08:08)

Part 04/10

Chilanga School for the Blind

22:17

Chilanga School for the Blind

 

Amina (01:19)
Constellation (02:52)
Ndeu ya Abakha (04:13)
Fulaye (06:17)
Bawo * (08:54)
Futubola (10:39)
Relay Race (14:28)
Dominoes (17:25)
[Orbit Reader] (19:00)

Part 05/10

Chimbowe Primary School

14:17

Chimbowe Primary School

 

Chitelera (01:22)
Nsato (03:48)
Mzama * (05:05)
Raundasi (05:48)
Amina (08:49)
Fish Fish (09:32)
Jingo (11:54)

Part 06/10

Chimwang'ombe Primary School

14:45

Chimwang'ombe Primary School

 

Amina (01:20)
Bula (02:28)
Champion (05:31)
Nguli (07:30)
Zodula * (09:45)
Jingo (11:05)

Part 07/10

Kamaza Primary School

14:19

Kamaza Primary School

 

Chitelera * (01:16)
Champion (03:27)
Phada (05:06)
Bade (07:27)
Nguli (09:24)
Jingo (12:05)

Part 08/10

Mbonekera Primary School

14:45

Mbonekera Primary School

 

Champion (01:16)
Chitelera (03:55)
Constellation (06:06)
Jingo (08:07)
Nguli * (10:48)
Chule (12:48)

Part 09/10

Mtunthama Primary School

14:43

Mtunthama Primary School

 

Fulaye * (01:19)
Fish Fish (03:31)
Jingo (05:18)
Phada (07:19)
Raundasi (09:42)
Nsato (11:19)

Part 10/10

Vikwa Primary School

14:48

Vikwa Primary School

 

Jingo (01:18)
Fish Fish (02:01)
Chitelera (03:34)
Samusa (06:14)
Katambalare * (07:28)
Nsato (11:58)
Champion (12:27)

Appendix I

The Games of Small Children

40:40

Click here (.pdf) to read an illustrated guide to the construction of Pumpkin Wheels (Zigirigiri).

 

Click here (.pdf) to read an illustrated guide to the construction of Fluttering Butterflies (Gulugufe).

The Games of Small Children

 

St. Mary's Catholic Church

 

[The Easter Vigil - Alleluia!] (01.28)

 

Chakwanira Village

 

Chi/Zi-girigiri (03:40)
Legeni (06:16)
Mwantche (09:28)
Ndege (12:58)

 

Kozentani Village

 

Mpira (17:52)
Mwantche (20:39)
Zitoliro (25:14)

 

Gogo Annie's House

 

Galimoto (28:20)
Gulugufe (30:34)
Mwantche (32:05)
Ndege (34:20)

 

St. Mary's Catholic Church

 

[The Easter Vigil - Alleluia!] (37:07)

 

Kasungu District Hospital

Appendix II (a)

The Games of Northern Region

33:55

The Games of Northern Region

 

Chitipa District

 

Mr. Dowell Nyondo (01:26)

 

Jingo (04:36)
Fulaye (05:25)
Zyungulira (06:47)
Chiyenga (09:13)

 

Rumphi District

 

Mr. Hawkins Gondwe (11:29)

 

Sikwa (12:44)

Appendix II (b)

The Games of Southern Region

36:00

Click here (.pdf) to read transcriptions of songs and notes on The Games of Southern Region.

The Games of Southern Region

 

Nsanama Village
Machinga District

 

Mr. Chikondi Medson (01:31)

 

String Figures

 

Duck's Foot (01:56)
Network Tower (03:25)
Letters M and W (04:46)
Shawl (05:53)
Basin (09:06)
Duck's Foot (10:50)

 

Games

 

Achule muli bwa? (11:22)
Boyi Puna (11:50)
Amina (12:29)
Like a Biscuit (13:08)
Jingo (13:36)
Phada (14:50)
Squeezer (16:00)
Chiberemuda (16:35)
Am in? (17:04)

 

Maryam Girls Teacher Training College
Mangochi District

 

Mr. Chikondi Medson (18:22)

 

String Figures

 

Shorts (19:12)
Closed Gate (19:52)
Crab (20:40)
Open Gate (21:17)

 

Games

 

Squeezer (22:35)
Apa pali ndani (23:18)
Chiberemuda (24:13)
Tisewere Africa (24:56)
Constellation (25:54)

 

Macramé (30:52)

Appendix III

Malawi Broadcasting Corporation

14:23

Malawi Broadcasting Corporation

 

Geza (00:06)
Sandikonde (02:26)
Chiloso / Ulikuti (04:45)
Tikadye Nthudza (06:08)
Singakwekwe (8:31)
Njovu ili ndi Ana (12:41)

This project serves a double purpose. It is intended, i) to preserve memory of the games, and ii) to thank generous donors from Australia and the United Kingdom who have contributed to the schools (and churches, villages and hospitals) over many years.

Videos are illustrated with photographs of the new library, office and classroom blocks at Chambidzi Primary School.

 

Click here (.pdf) to read a brief account of this work and its dedication to Rita Herkal (ob. 2005).

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dedication_02

The YouTube playlist is available here.