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The Chopi Series: Mgodo Wa Mkandeni

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This film is a unique, real-time, two-camera documentation of entire Mgodo performances, filmed in the villages of Mbanguzi and Mkandeni, Mozambique, 1973.
Physical formats available:
Digital formats available:
Quicktime (Pro Res)
Audio & visual:
Sound, Color

This poignant film is not only the first filmed record of complete Mgodo performance in its natural setting, it also captures the last of the large-scale, well-rehearsed, chiefship-sponsored Chopi orchestras before Independence and the turbulence that followed.

Photography: Gei Zantzinger, Edwin Mickleburgh & Bud Huggler
Location sound: Curt Wittig
Composer & consultant: Venacio Mbande
Editor: Conley Benfield
Producer: Gei Zantzinger & Andrew Tracey
Director: Gei Zantzinger & Andrew Tracey
Constant Spring Productions
Ethnomusicologist Gei Zantzinger was an independent filmmaker and student of folklore who began making films in Africa in 1966, collaborating with musicians and other notable ethnomusicologists and filmmakers. His career in the social sciences spanned nearly 50 years. Gei’s efforts resulted in a broad collection of 17 extraordinary films made between 1966 and 1997 that examine the roles that oral traditions, music and dance play in preserving and informing personal, cultural and spiritual identity in disparate communities around the world.
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