Kanawa (Lament) Tuneful, in A major and in 5/4. A good
piece for the first- timemarimbist/singer.
is a level 1 piece.
(also the Satshokwe, Badjok, Kiokos and the like) inhabit the
savannas in Northeast Angola in the province of Shaba. The families
live as hunters, fishermen and farmers under the leadership of
an elder, or mwata. Political borders officially separate groups
and even families of the same origin, but such artificial boundaries
hardly matter as there has been continuing contact for both sides.
Pende, Lunda and Lwenathe Tshokwe are famous for their
skills as carvers and for their great festival dances: tshiyanda
and tshisela. The entire community shares in musical events as
singers, dancers, and instrumentalists. There are many occasions
in the life of the Tshokwe family, and often dances and songs
for these are carefully proscribed by tradition.
from the festival dances, which are accompanied by drum orchestra,
there is solo music. Playing the tshisaji mutshapata, the largest
of the three lamellophones (sanzas) of the Tshokwe, require not
only musical skill, but also technical talent of a high order.
Soloists of the mallet keyboard instrument ndjimba have become
very rare. Sakatanga Mwatshifi is one of the few who can still
pass on his talents to pupilsin this case to his own sons.
The great xylophone
Ndjimba has 17 bars and is played with two rubber sticks. Under
each bar is mounted a hollow gourd to serve as amplifier.
Mandara Music Gyil Transcription Series features some of the
best-known pieces for this instrument.
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