Jiving with Science is a new public engagement initiative of the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies. Africa Centre is an international HIV research facility with a partnership HIV testing, treatment and care programme run jointly with the KZN Department of Health.

This project involves developing, distributing and evaluating 4 CDs over 2 years. Each CD contains a radio-style information interview, interspersed with popular music, targeted HIV health promotion messages and calls to action. The aim is to foster community discussion about scientific research and to bring evidence based HIV health promoting messages to everyday spaces such as public transportation, leisure spaces and shopping precincts.

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Music: Jiving with Science CD 2 - Indaba kaTira - HIV testing, ARVs, positive living and HIV prevention

Authors: Astrid Treffry-Goatley, Mduduzi Mahlinza, John Imrie

Introduction: CD 2 is targeted at the youth in the community and includes a selection of popular hip-hop, house and RnB tracks. It is endorsed by the local star DJ Tira and features his songs and voice as the main character in the story. The narrative follows Tira on a journey by taxi as he travels to meet different people and chats to them about Africa Centre research, HIV testing, ARVs, positive living and HIV prevention.

Scripts: click to download a English or Zulu script used in the CD.

Music: click here to download sample of the CD. Please note that songs are restricted to 30 seconds clips for copyright reasons.

Music: click below to stream a sample of the CD. Please note that songs are restricted to 30 seconds clips for copyright reasons. You will need QuickTime player.

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Sponsors: we would like to thank the following individuals and companies for their generous contribution to the creation of this CD: Wellcome Trust, Sheer Sound, Maltre Productions and Afrotainment.

Starring DJ Tira and staff from Africa Centre's Community Engagement Office: Mduduzi Mahlinza, Xolile Kineri, Ntombikayise Mnyango, Siboniso Buthelezi, Bongi Gumede, Ncengani Mthethwa and Busangani Ngwenya.


Introduction: Jiving with Science

Jiving with Science CD 1: Indaba kaMamBiyela

Jiving with Science CD 3: Uhlelo lukaMroza

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Photo: Photographic Workshop with Zwelethu Mthethwa
From Astrid Treffry-Goatley, date: 2012-06-02

Cartoon: HIV as a lion, CD4 as soldiers and ARVs make the soldiers stronger! (translated to Zulu)
From Tulio de Oliveira, date: 2012-05-01

Poetry: Toward A SATuRN Hope
From Joshua Machao, date: 2012-04-14

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Art and science links to:

Wellcome Trust Collection - Art of Global Health project

Pediatrician in Swaziland Blog and Website

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