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Music for Timbila

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 05 March 2005

In two special programmes Lucy Duran travels to the rarely visited Southern African country of Mozambique.

After decades of civil war, it's home to many diverse musical traditions which have rarely been recorded or heard by outsiders.

She visits the beautiful Ilha do Mocambique to hear traditional Tufo songs of the women. Plus there's panpipe music from the very hot north, and in Maputo, the first gig in four years by the country's best-loved veteran band Ghorwane.

Music and featured items

18 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • The history of Mozambique.

    Lucy Duran introduces the programme and tells the history of the island of Mozambique.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Assanati

      Assanati Traditional Tufo Song

  • The market in Maputo.

    Visiting the market in Maputo, Lucy and tells the story of the city.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Venancio Mbande and his group

      Venancio Mbande and his group Music for Timbila

  • Traditional Timbila (xylophone)

    Lucy travels through Mozambique to hear the traditional Timbila (xylophone)

  • Music Played

    • Image for Venancio Mbande and his group

      Venancio Mbande and his group Music for Timbila

    • Image for Venancio Mbande and his group

      Venancio Mbande and his group Music for the death of Paulo

  • Timbila master Venancio Mbande.

    Timbila master Venancio Mbande wrote a special song about flooding in Mozambique.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Venancio Mbande and his group

      Venancio Mbande and his group Music for Timbila

  • Lucy checks out urban music.

    Lucy checks out Mozambique’s popular contemporary urban music.

  • Music Played

  • A colonial railway station.

    Lucy is in the magnificent colonial railway station leading from Maputo to South Africa.

  • Music Played

  • Singer Antonio Marcos.

    An interview with one of Mozambique’s greatest musicians – Antonio Marcos.

  • Music Played

  • Lucy looks ahead to part two.

    Lucy ends part one with a taste of what we are going to hear in part two.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Nyanga group of M'Padue

      Nyanga group of M'Padue Traditional Nyanga Song

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