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Title:Knowledge in traditional musical instruments in the example of' 'timbila'
Author:Balo, Mario SuarteISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Volume:10
Issue:1
Pages:98-114
Language:English
Geographic terms:Mozambique
South Africa
Subjects:musical instruments
musical groups
Chopi
Link:http://hdl.handle.net/10520/EJC61383
Abstract:The article is based on a study that describes the knowledge and techniques of construction of 'mbila' (singular of 'timbila' in the Chopi language of South Africa and Mozambique). The study paid special attention to the search for knowledge and the ideas that makers have about the 'mbila'. The 'mbila' is known today, in its modern version, as the xylophone. As the focus of the study was on the implicit knowledge (occult, not conceptualized) of the construction and tuning of 'mbila', several measurements of the dimensions of the various types of 'timbila have been made to improve the description in terms of constitution and functioning. A description is also included of the choreography of the 'timbila' festival ('msaho') and of orchestras ('migodo'), notably the orchestra of 'Venāncio Timbia'. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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