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The Chopi Timbila (presentation)

Date : 2012-07-29 16:57:57

Description : The music played by the Timbila orchestras known is composed by various Timbila masters and transmitted by practice to the next generation of musicians. Each year, several new pieces are composed and performed at social festivities, such as weddings and community events. Timbila is performed by all age groups, with school children playing next to their grandfathers. Performances last about an hour and are divided into solo and orchestra themes and use varying tempi. Closely connected with the music are particular Timbila dances that are performed by two to twelve dancers in front of the orchestra. The rhythms within each theme are complex, so that the player’s left hand is often executing a different rhythm than the right hand (...) 

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