Venancio Mbande / Timbila Ta Ensemble

Chopi Xylophone Music

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Here's a delight: a complete mgodo suite for Chopi timbila xylophone orchestra. Excellently recorded in a Berlin studio in 1992, this is the full mgodo generally available on CD. Timbila involve carefully composed multi-movement music with topical lyrics (here praising the government party, FRELIMO), performed by several singers with as many as 12 large and small xylophones plus rattles.

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