Pumpkin Wheels & Pawpaw Flutes
The Games of Malawi

The Children's Games of Kasungu District (and Beyond)

Cathy, Blessings and Brian make Gulugufe (Fluttering Butterflies) from 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

21:00

"The Best of the Best"

Part 01/10

14:48

Chamalaza Primary School

Part 02/10

14:25

Chambidzi Rita Primary School

Part 03/10

14:42

Chankhalamu Primary School

Part 04/10

22:17

Chilanga School for the Blind

Part 05/10

14:17

Chimbowe Primary School

Part 06/10

14:45

Chimwang'ombe Primary School

Part 07/10

14:19

Kamaza Primary School

Part 08/10

14:45

Mbonekera Primary School

Part 09/10

14:43

Mtunthama Primary School

Part 10/10

14:48

Vikwa Primary School

Appendix I

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

Appendix II (a)

33:53

The Games of Northern Region

Appendix II (b)

36:00

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

The Games of Southern Region

Appendix III

14:23

Malawi Broadcasting Corporation

This project serves a double purpose. It is intended, i) to preserve memory of the games for a future generation, and ii) to thank - during the 'Long Lent' of the ongoing pandemic (2020) - generous donors from Australia and the United Kingdom who have contributed to these 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).

The YouTube playlist is available here.

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