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Music for Timbila

Lucy Duran travels to the rarely visited Southern African country of Mozambique, home to many diverse musical traditions which have rarely been recorded or heard by outsiders.

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.

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1 hour

Music and featured items

  • The history of Mozambique.

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

    Duration: 04:53

  • Music Played

    • Assanati

      Traditional Tufo Song

  • The market in Maputo.

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

    Duration: 05:28

  • Music Played

    • Venancio Mbande and his group

      Music for Timbila

  • Traditional Timbila (xylophone)

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

    Duration: 12:54

  • Music Played

    • Venancio Mbande and his group

      Music for Timbila

    • 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.

    Duration: 05:49

  • Music Played

    • Venancio Mbande and his group

      Music for Timbila

  • Lucy checks out urban music.

    Lucy checks out Mozambique’s popular contemporary urban music.

    Duration: 06:02

  • Music Played

    • Ghorwane

      Vana Van Ndota

  • A colonial railway station.

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

    Duration: 04:30

  • Music Played

    • Antônio Marcos

      Tsan Tsan Tsa

  • Singer Antonio Marcos.

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

    Duration: 14:35

  • Music Played

    • Antônio Marcos

      Maldeia

    • Antônio Marcos

      Zamissava

  • Lucy looks ahead to part two.

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

    Duration: 04:57

  • Music Played

    • Nyanga group of M'Padue

      Traditional Nyanga Song

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