Mzeno wa Hafu Kumbani of Ngodo of Repulo Nyankowango, 1955 (Track)

Mzeno wa Hafu Kumbani of Ngodo of Repulo Nyankowango, 1955 (Track)

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Material sourced from the International Library of African Music. Copyright International Library of African Music.
The leader of this Timbila Orchestra is a well-known player and composer, Hafu Kumbani, who has a large number of new Timbila tunes to his credit. The title Bandametu womgeniso appears to be commonly used by the eastern rather than the western Chopi. The Chopi clans which live to the east of the main body of the tribe, are said to have intermarried with the GiTonga tribe of the Inhambane District and to speak a distinctive dialect. Those who know the Chopi well, claim that this can also be detected in the style of their playing and dancing and in the tunings of their Timbila xylophones. Regulo Nyankowango is considered to be one of the minor chiefs under Regulo Mikumbi of the Inharrime District. Living as they do to the east of the central Chopi, their dialect is distinctive and influenced by the GiTonga of the Inhambane District.
Content Type
Field recording (raw)
3 mins
Anthropologist / Ethnographer
Hugh Tracey, 1903-1977
Sub Genre
Piece, Dance
Series Number
Anthropology, World Music, Social Sciences, Music & Performing Arts, Cultural anthropology, Africa

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