KAYA COMPLEX PROJECT
The Logo for MADCA is the spider. It represents a central pool for talents. The basic for which MADCA was formed was that the Mijikenda and indeed the Indigenous Coastal Communities have enormous but untapped talents.
It properly managed prompted and marketed our people would largely improve their livelihoods. On that count MADCA started the organization with groups of traditional Artistes. We made observations that traditional artistes have been exploited by unscrupulous recording firms. The late Nigumbao wa Hewe (Bin Harre) at the time of his death had recorded more than 28 albums with a recording firm in Mombasa.
He received Ksh. 100/= from his first album. Today this album is still available in the market. Artistes lost their copyright in the music they composed because their ignorance of the law and abject poverty.
MADCA’s first step was to try and record an album of all genes of Mijikenda music and let the Artistes sell their products themselves.
The group comprises of ordinary men and women. Most of whom poor and illiterate not capable of raising for recording and mastering charges.
However in 2005 a PhD student from Columbia University one Andrew Eisenberg came to us. He was researching on his PhD thesis.
“Looking at community through Music”
He gave MADCA an offer to record their Music for free and to produce a Master Disc for them. In consideration thereof, MADCA to allow him to use their works for PhD research and teaching materials.
Thus MADCA would then make mass production and sell their Music. MADCA agreed and this intention was reduced into writing in a legal binding contract.
The music was entitled “Kaya Complex the Mijikenda Traditional Music from the Kenyan coast.” KAYA COMPLEX is a title for a Historical Book written by Prof. Thomas Spear an Africanist researcher who carried out Research in the 1970s amongst the Mijikenda.
He is a friend of MADCA who was duly consulted on the issue of the title. Prof. Thomas Spear kindly gave us permission to use the title KAYA COMPLEX. Subsequently MADCA produced 1,000 tapes and 500CDs. The 1000 tapes have been sold but the CDs have not been exhausted.
The Album is only audio not visual yet. However it is has earned household popularity in Malindi and the Lower Coast. This music is played in Radio stations e.g. Kaya FM, Bahari FM and Pwani FM radio stations. It has not been registered with the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK).
MADCA has recorded other four (4) Albums with Prof. Andrew Eisenberg now teaching in German University. These Albums are still under productions.
In 2009 MADCA was involved in a big concert in Malindi. “Malindi Music for Children Festival 2009.” The event was about bringing public awareness of the prevalence of child sexual exploitation. The festival was organized by CISP an Italian organization, UNICEF Association of Malindi Hoteliers and MADCA.
It was a huge success. It attracted tourists from Italy. It brought to Malindi an International Artiste from Italy one Tulio and celebrities from Kenya Music Fraternity i.e. Achieng Abura, Nyota Ndogo, Jua Kali Drummers, MADCA Artistes i.e. Bezi Wa Mboko (Mwanzele), Nyerere Junior(Mwanzele), Baya Mgiriama(Mshago), Mzee Tendere(Number, Msego, Mavunyo), Margaret Kache Fondo(Chechemeko), Shida Masha(Reggae G10 – Kidaba) and Kazungu Wa Hawerisa(Mazumo).
On 19th February 2011, the second chapter of the festival was held in Malindi.
This festival was more successful than the first one in terms of attendance and facilities. Paula Turci an Italian celebrity/singer guitarist performed together with MADCA Artistes. Eric Wainaina, Nyota Ndogo and Juakali drummers were also in attendance. The Italian consul in Malindi was grilled and told the author that Malindi ought to have this festival twice a
MADCA has not been without challenges.
· Membership comprises of elderly people. Over 80% of members are between 60 – 80 years old. 15 % between 35-55 years old and 5% youth between 20-35 years.
In this composition you will notice that the Organization lacks manpower to implement its projects. The majority of our members are old and illiterate.
· Lack of skilled personnel to manage the day to day business of the Organization. However, we may soon receive volunteers from other countries to assist us in planning fund raising and marketing. But until this happens, the Organization shall continue to have serious draw backs in management skills
· Lack of equipped secretariat. We do not have a secretariat with facilities i.e. computers, internet for the day to day business of the organization.
· Lack of physical facilities i.e. office space or land on which offices can be constructed.
· Lack of funding:-
We have not since 2003 received any funding either from the Government except handout from NMK during Mekatilili Wa Menzan Cultural Festival (quota of Ksh. 50, 000/= every year). We have similarly not received funding from any donors, sponsors except goodwill friends who have given us small personal donation to run errands where
However our biggest resource is our unity. We have stayed TOGETHER for nine (9) years now sharing the little we have and working against odds in a bid to set ourselves free from economic and cultural yoke.
“KIUYEUYE – UYA,
UYIRA KIKWENU KIKWAKOLE MWENYE”
“GO BACK TO YOUR ROOTS,
GO BACK TO YOUR ROOTS TO SEEK SOLUTIONS,
TO EMANCIPATE YOURSELVES FROM
ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL SLAVERY.”
MALINDI DISTRICT CULTURAL RESOURCE
MADCA intends to start a cultural resource centre within the Municipality of Malindi to showcase the Mijikenda/Swahili culture.
In 2010 Mekatilili wa Menza cultural festival Madca launched the Historical Mekatilili wa Menza statue at Uhuru Gardens Malindi now Mekatilili Wa Menza Memorial Garden.
The launching of this statue sparked off a lot of interest in the Heroin Mekatili wa Menza locally and internationally. This coincided with the first Mashujaa celebrations in Kenya after the promulgation of the New Constitution. People seek to know more about Mekatilili Wa Menza and the Mijikenda culture. Accordingly MADCA is set to open Malindi District Cultural Resource centre and the Mijikenda Gallery to house Mijikenda artifacts at MADCA’s centre.The centre contains three Giriama huts thatched with grass. One of them housing a Kigongo, Vibao and Koma. There are also two Shrines namely Pala ra aganga a vistwa, (Women Diviners) and Pala ra Vaya.
Activities at the centre shall includes:-
· Exhibiting Mijikenda artifacts in a small village gallery at the Centre (Nyumba ya Ukare).
· Activities in a Giriama home.
· Traditional foods and beverages
· Traditional fashions exhibition
· Vaya and Gohn activities. (Information).
· Traditional story telling and poetry.
· Informal Education session (Dhome)
· Traditional skills, blacksmitts and related skills.
· Herbal medicines
· Diviners at work.
· Traditional Giriama /Swahili culture
· Traditional games and sports.
· Counseling sessions
· Traditional social values.
· Children games and dances
· Giriama Nights
· Diviner and traditional Dance performances.
· Resource centre is intended to provide knowledge in all aspects of Mijikenda culture. It shall act as a resource centre for students and scholars undertaking courses in culture
It shall also generate income for our members. This resource centre shall work in conjunction with Mekatilili Wa Menza cultural centre at Bungale
INTEGRATION AND COHESION PROJECT
MADCA has since 2003 been involved in building bridges between communities in Malindi and elsewhere in the Coast (Kilifi, Kaloleni, Ganze). In 2008 Mekatilili wa Menza cultural festival the theme was “Culture for peace and preservation of environment.”As part of the celebrations MADCA held Non-Denominational prayers at Sabaki Bridge.It was a thanks giving prayer to God that Malindi was spared in the Post Election Violence 2007-2008 where many people lost their lives and property. These prayers were attended by Christians, Muslims and traditionalists. Communities were allowed to pray in their mother tongue. i.e. the Mijikenda Taita, Luo, kamba Pokomo, Masai, kalenjin, Kikuyu, Italians, British and Japanese offered their prayers.
This marked the beginning of peace building and healing process by MADCA. In fact before 2008 the Mau Mau /Mashujaa project had started sending representatives from all the Provinces in Kenya to Mekatilili Wa Menza Cultural Festival. Mekatilili Wa menza Cultural festival. The event has received huge media coverage by 2010.
As a result we received a delegation from Mt. Kenya comprising of the Kikuyu, Embu, Meru, Masai and Kamba communities. These communities sought to have a formidable unity with the Coast.The Taita community had shown their intention in attending the festival in 2008. They have been so attending to date.
In November 2010, the Mt. Kenya communities including Kikuyu, Meru, Embu, Masai and Kamba attended prayers session at Mepoho shrines at Kaloleni. This was followed by an invitation by our guests to attend the December 27th Mt. Kenya prayers. We can say that MADCA has been unifying coastal and up country communities in order to build unity amongst the Kenyan community to bring peace, justice and development in Kenya so that Kenya can be seen as one Nation. Kenyan patriotism was lost almost immediately after Independent because of the retention of the colonial legacy of
DIVIDE AND RULE. This could be seen clearly in our “tribal” groupings concept in government and political undertakings. Our voting system seems to be largely structured along these lines. And because of this legacy, Kenya needs radical social change to usher in the sense of brotherhood amongst all the communities in Kenya. History and culture are the common denominators in the Integration and Cohesion process. MADCA has already started this process can you also jump on to band wagon?