The chopi Way

🇲🇿 Based in Mozambique

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Native Practics of Mozambique

Creativity, Spirituality and Culture to Resist Climate Change.

Mozambique is a country of great cultural diversity that brings together peoples of different ethnicities
linked to each other by the Bantu cultural matrix in its territory. Each of these groups has its own forms of
social organization, in which they occupy and use their territories and natural resources as a condition for their cultural, social, religious, ancestral and economic reproduction, using knowledge, innovations and practices generated and transmitted from generation to generation by oral tradition.  As for the Chopi ethnic group, the southern part of Inhambane province is the cultural heart of this people and their musical tradition of playing the timbila (plural for mbila),  a xylophone made of wooden slats from the splashing tree, called mwenje in Chopi, and dried masala fruit peels or gourds as resonators.

This musical tradition, said to be over 500 years old, goes far beyond playing an instrument, It implies a harmonious relationship with nature that permeates the cultural fabric of Chopi society. Similar to some West African dynasties, the ability to play the timbila is passed on to families from one generation to the next.

Music implies a harmonious relationship with nature.

Canda, Nzanguine district on the coast of Inhambane province, Mozambique. The Chopi people are one of the smallest ethnic groups in Mozambique. They populate the lands bathed to the south and east by the Indian Ocean, whose western limit is located at a longitude of 34o, a location relative to both the peoples who are in their vicinity and those who are nearby southern Mozambican. Although the proportion of land they occupy is relatively small, the Chopes have one of the highest population densities in the entire countr

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