The Chopi timbila dance

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The Chopi timbila dance
Mbande, Venancio (Performer)
Tracey, Andrew T. N. (Director)
Zantzinger, Alfred Gei (Producer)

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Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1980
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 10199
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-3388 (former)
Dance -- Mozambique
Music -- Africa
Musical instruments -- Mozambique
Documentary films
Motion pictures
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Creation/production credits: Producer: Gei Zantzinger. Director/narrator: Andrew Tracey, International Library of African Music. Camera: Cliff Bestall. Sound: Gei Zantzinger.
Performers: Performed by Venancio Mbande and the Timbila of Wildebeesfontein Mine, Bophuthatswana.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (41 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Documentary on timbila [xylophone] music and the associated men's dance, performed by the Chopi of Mozambique. A description and demonstration of the instruments is followed by an analysis of the musical structure of timbila compositions, and the analysis and performance of three sections of the dance, which is performed with sticks and shields.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY926064027-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12173256
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): e8223550-8cf3-0135-0898-4fbe8eb0fb48
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  • 1980: Issued
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The Chopi timbila dance" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1980.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The Chopi timbila dance" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 22, 2020.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1980). The Chopi timbila dance Retrieved from

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The Chopi timbila dance