I already posted some videos I shot @ Womex a few years ago…
Punk’s not dead!
PUNK IN AFRICA is the story of the multi-racial punk movement within the recent political and social upheavals experienced in three Southern African countries: South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. In these societies, the punk subculture represented a genuinely radical political impulse, playing out against a backdrop of intense political struggle, economic hardship and even civil war.
The emblematic sound of the m’bila has been part of the cultural identity of the Vachopi people of Southern Mozambique for over 400 years. The rolling rhythms produced on this wooden xylophone (plural is timbila) speak of a tradition of dance, chant, poetry and music that has flourished in the face of invasions. Cheny Wa Gune is the young m’bila maestro who is carrying the tradition forward.