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Transpacific Sound Paradise
Saturday, December 13, 2008
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Kids in Mozambique play timbila (the instrument) (L); Timbila (the band) and dancers going at it (R).
The band on the band:
"Timbila - Afrodelic Xylophone Funk from Zimbabwe, Mozambique and the East Village! The players have studied spiritually-charged mbira (Shona thumb piano) music in Zimbabwe, and also the wild, beautiful, surreal buzzing xylophone music of Mozambique—timbila! But their own roots are mostly rock ‘n roll. The grooves are deep, the sounds magical, and the vocals—in English, Shona, and Chopi—sweetly harmonized. Timbila’s stage show includes choreographed moves by two of the hottest African dancers in New York—all in tune with the band’s mission to make roots culture relevant to a new generation of Americans."
Timbila gig info, videos, etc: http://www.myspace.com/timbila
Some background on the timbila and other marimba / xylophone relatives is here and general b/g on Mozambique (written by Timbila's Banning Eyre) here c/o the Afropop Worldwide site.
This Week's Playlist:(* = new)
Sat. 12/13/08 8:30pm
Hello there, Great music today, love Timbila.
Sat. 12/13/08 8:35pm
I thank you Peter and Timbila thanks you!
Sat. 12/13/08 8:42pm
listening in philly
Sat. 12/13/08 8:46pm
timbila was great!
Sat. 12/13/08 8:47pm
Listening in scotland,smashing session there.I see Songlines magazine has started listing the show in their internet section.
Sat. 12/13/08 8:51pm
I don't know why, but that song by Herman Dune really bugs me. It's like an unholy mixture of "Margaritaville" and Herman's Hermits and that nitwit Matisyahu. Or something. But the rest of the show has been cool.