Timbila Ta Yenancio

COMPOSERS: Venancio Mbande
LABELS: Naxos World
WORKS: Timbila Ta Yenancio
PERFORMER: Venancio Mbande Orchestra
CATALOGUE NO: 76016-2

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Developing tradition is the key to VENANCIO MBANDE’S large timbila ensemble. These xylophone-like instruments from Mozambique with their soft, ringing timbre were recorded in a full open-air performance complete with dance, plus choruses commenting on topical or timeless issues: bad guys, land mines.

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The suite of eight varied items is Mbandes own. He recomposes it every few years, and the current version features complex solos and improvisations based on circling melodic phrases in a wide assortment of rhythms. It’s an unusual issue for a commercial company, helped along by Finnish government funding for the production team but making no concessions to global pressures.