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Chopi Timbila – UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity

Date : 2012-07-29 16:55:32

Description : The Chopi communities live mainly in the southern part of Inhambane province in southern Mozambique and are famous for their orchestra music. Their orchestras consist of five to thirty wooden xylophones called Timbila of varying sizes and ranges of pitch. The timbila are finely manufactured and tuned wooden instruments, which are made from the highly resonant wood of the slow-growing mwenje (sneezewort) tree. Under each wooden slat, a resonant made out of kalebashes is fastened, tightly sealed with bees wax and tempered with oilof the nkuso fruits, giving the Timbila their rich nasalizing sound and typical vibrations (...) 

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