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The Music
MachetteMusic can communicate a message in a way unlike any other medium. Over the last few years, CMFD has initiated a number of projects to use music to talk about violence against women, HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, and most recently xenophobia. A number of these are being contributed as part of the Taxi CD. Begun in September 2007with the support of MMINO, the music against xenophobia series of 4 songs is debuting on this CD. Read more about HumbananeMusicians Against Xenophobia or how CMFD is using music as a communication strategy.

Music Against Xenophobia Music

Turning of the tables talks about brotherhood and how just as neighbouring countries helped South Africa during the Struggle, so South Africa should help now that those same countries are facing hardship.
Max sigaouke – a man in Mozambique comparing his life with that of a man in South Africa working in the mines, saying he wishes he could do the same, but commenting that in both countries, he’d be called names.
Max Sinjengo Mfula – uses the metaphor of a great river with many tributaries to speak about how regardless of where we were born or what language we speak, we are all one people.
Max Kaya – talks about treating people with respect, no matter where they come from, and building a home where everyone feels like family.

Humbanane - violence against women.

Switha Hela (Shangaan)a girl tells her sister to take care travelling to joburg, promises are not always what they seem.

Andiyiqondi (Zulu) mellow jazz, a wise old woman questions violence around her.

Alertos Da Vida (Shangaan & Portuguese)
A funky marrabenta inspired beat calling to Africans to care for each other.
Features Workshop
TaxiFrom 10 - 12 November, CMFD facilitated a workshop in which young media students, representatives of organisations, and survivors of gender violence collaborated to make radio features that will be included on the CD.During the course of the workshop, participants learned how to plan a programme, make a radio feature, conduct interviews, and script narration. They went out into central Johannesburg to interview representatives of organisations, researchers, and people at taxi ranks and on the streets about gender violence. The end result is four features exploring domestic violence, xenophobia, human trafficking and men as partners.
Xenophobia -  the gender persective of  xenophobic violence and how creative energies,  from music to soccer, are bringing cultures together.

Domestic Violence - What is being done? Hear from Ikhaya Lethemba, Lisa Vetten of the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre, etc.
Human Trafficking - what is human trafficking , how does it feel to see a friend in this situation, and how can we prevent it?

Men as Partners - where are men in the struggle to end gender violence? Everywhere! Hear what some men have to say about what it means to be a man.
Radio Spots
Produced in a one-day workshop with city councillors from the municipality of Ekurhuleni, these six entertaining and engaging radio spots are designed to get people thinking about the gender discrimination we see around us every day.

"I" Stories
For the third year, CMFD Productions recorded and produced spoken narrations by survivors of gender violence as part of Gender Links "I" Stories project, conducted annually as part if 16 Days to ensure that survivors of violence have the opportunity to have their voices heard. The audio recording complement a print publication and distribution of these stories to media as part of 16 Days coverage. These audio recording are being made available to radio stations, and also included on the Taxi CD.



Click here for the 2008 "l" Stories

Click here for the 2007 "I" Stories

Click here for the 2006 "I"  Stories

PascalPascal Akimina's Story

Honouring my mother and sister...


NatashaNatasha Kangale's Story

When a Child is raped...


Disability Spot - A queue marshal has been refusing to help a woman in a wheelchair get into a taxi. She has been waiting for some time. He tells her that people like her who can’t walk are just a nuisance. Finally a taxi driver comes up and asks the woman if he can help her. He chides the queue marshal for being so rude.

Passenger treatmentSpot - A woman sitting in the front seat dealing with the money finds she’s short 50 cents. The driver tells her its not his problem, she must give him R150, not R149.50. An argument ensues over the fact that she’s a passenger and shouldn’t be responsible for the money. She finally gets frustrated and leaves the taxi.
Slogan: Am I a passenger, or a money collector?

HIV Spot - Late at night, a sexy girl comes up to sit in front seat of taxi. She asks the driver if he wants to go somewhere with her. He agrees, but when he realises neither has a condom, he changes his mind.
Slogan: protect your family, protect yourself. Drive the message home.


My Taxi, Your Taxi Spot - A taxi driver tells a woman in black mourning clothes to get to the back because she's bad luck. Another passenger chides the taxi driver, saying that the woman has the right to sit wherever she wants. A queue marshal pulls the taxi driver aside, saying, you fool! Don't you remember this woman? We know her. You talk too much, just drop it. you'll get us into trouble." Slogan: You taxi  is my taxi.

Discrimination Spot - A very large woman approches the taxi and the queue masharl tells her she'll have to pay the price of two beacause of her size. She complains about having to pay for two, but gets in the taxi. The driver turns to her and tells her that in his taxi, its 1 person, 1 fare.
Slogan: Big or small we are all equal.

Xenophobia Spot - A woman gets into the front seat of the taxi with a lot of baggage. The driver tells her to go to the back, she has too many bags for the front seat. she answers him in shangan. he calls her a Kwerekwere and tells her to get out, he doesn't like her around.She yells at him for calling her such names, and as she gets out of the taxi, says she has the number of his taxi association and she's going to call and report him. The narrator explains that if you  experience abuse, you can call a toll free number for help. Slogan: You are not alone.

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