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Ngodo xylophone orchestra

Chopi Ngodo Timbila Orchestras
Ngodo xylophone orchestra
ILAMTR001 Ngodo xylophone orchestra Chopi Ngodo Timbila Orchestras Chopi music, an important artistic tradition of southern Africa, is famous for its timbila xylophone orchestras, which typically accompany spectacular dance-suites called ngodo. A dance-suite can least nearly an hour and consists of several movements performed by men holding shields and positioned in a long line. Rattle players stand and move in front of the xylophones, facing the dancers.

Each orchestra takes the name of the chief who sponsors it. The orchestra leader composes much of its music, which may include lyrics on topical subjects. An orchestra typically contains xylophones in five sizes, together covering a range of about four octaves. Hugh Tracey recorded these ngodo movements in the Inharrime District of Mozambique in 1955(Tracey 1973).

Track Listing

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Ngodo of Regulo Mikumbi: Msitso wokata, 1st Orchestral Introduction Chopi Ngodo Timbila Orchestras 00:34  
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Ngodo of Regulo Mikumbi: Msitso wombidi, 2nd Orchestral Introduction Chopi Ngodo Timbila Orchestras 01:42  
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Ngodo of Regulo Mikumbi: Mwemiso movement Chopi Ngodo Timbila Orchestras 03:10  
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Ngodo of Regulo Mikumbi: Mzeno movement Chopi Ngodo Timbila Orchestras 03:53  
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Ngodo of Regulo Mikumbi: Muchuio movement Chopi Ngodo Timbila Orchestras 02:26  
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Ngodo of Regulo Mikumbi: Mabandhla movement Chopi Ngodo Timbila Orchestras 01:36  
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Ngodo of Regulo Nyankowongo: Msitso wokata Orchestral Introduction Chopi Ngodo Timbila Orchestras 01:58