Welcome! It seems appropriate to inaugurate this Weblog on the morning of Pentecost Sunday. There will be more by way of introduction in due course. However, its purpose is as stated: to offer news of Kungoni Centre (Mua Mission, MALAWI) and to reflect on the Kungoni Art Project, which was begun in 2012 and is now looking toward the fortieth anniversary of Kungoni Centre (established 1976) later this year.
The Weblog is named after Njovuyalema, a character in Gule Wamkulu described by Claude Boucher Chisale in When Animals Sing and Spirits Dance. Mr. The Elephant is Tired is the chief who wearies of dealing with the affairs of the village and turns (I like to imagine) to the restoration afforded by culture and art when time and opportunity allow… He will have more to say later.
It is no longer possible to visit the image of Our Lady of Africa that provides the cover for this Weblog. It was painted in the 1980’s by Claude Boucher Chisale and Patricio Tambala Mponyani + for Nyungwe Parish Church, which lies between Blantyre and Zomba, but was destroyed in a fire set by villagers gathering honey on the night of 15th November 2015: the Kungoni Art Project allows the only memory of the image. The protection of Our Lady is invoked for this new work of information and record.
There are, in addition to my own voice, three separate 'Newsfeeds', which exist to publish news and announcements relating to the three websites of KUNGONI Online:
It is intended that posts will be regular more than frequent, but considered and such as to invite a response. I should also be very happy to hear from any readers who are interested to post to this Weblog on related subjects.