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Research and Publications

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Kungoni Centre has published Claude Boucher Chisale’s seminal account of Gule Wamkulu, the Great Dance of the Chewa people of Malawi: When Animals Sing and Spirits Dance (Oxford 2012), together with Gary J. Morgan and Arjen van de Merwe.

The book is complemented by a website, www.kasiyamaliro.org, which introduces the book and describes over two hundred further Gule Wamkulu characters. It also has links to extracts from the accompanying DVD.

Kasiya Maliro: the Great Mother of Gule Wamkulu: 160 of her Children Filmed in Action completes the trilogy. This two-hour DVD presents archive footage of Gule Wamkulu characters and the rituals at which they perform. It illustrates both the book and the website.

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The most important study of Claude Boucher Chisale’s work at Kungoni Centre is by Martin Ott: African Theology in Images (CLAIM: Blantyre 2000).

 

 

Kafukufuku Research Library

The Kafukufuku Research Library houses Kungoni Centre’s archives and a small collection of books related to the contents of the Chamare Museum and the Art Gallery. It is open to visiting scholars.

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The Kungoni Art Project, which is ongoing, seeks to construct a virtual museum of all Kungoni work and to produce an artistic history of Kungoni Centre in time to celebrate Kungoni Centre’s fortieth anniversary and Claude Boucher Chisale’s seventy-sixth birthday in 2016.

Kungoni Centre’s own publications include:

Claude Boucher Chisale: Digging Our Roots: The Chamare Museum Frescoes (Mua Mission 2002)

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Claude Boucher Chisale: The Gospel Seed: Culture and Faith in Malawi as expressed in the Missio Banner (Mua Mission 2002)

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Serge St-Arneault: Kungoni: When Water Falls, Sand Becomes Crystal: A Guide to Mua and the Kungoni Centre of Culture and Art, Second Edition (Mua Mission 2014)

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Kungoni Centre has also produced a number of recordings of Malawi’s traditional dances.

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