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Performance: Music from Mozambique by Nyttu Chongo

The Spurlock Museum welcomes Nyttu Chongo for a concert of music from Mozambique. This event highlights traditional instruments such as the timbila, m’bira, inanga, xitende, xizambi, xipendani, djembe, xigovia, and kankubwe. The concert is free and all are invited. Chongo is an African storyteller’s musician who believes that the past lives on, in,and through music. African music played on traditionally- designed instruments is an important continuation of ancient values, knowledge, and culture that must be shared—just like a river cannot reject what flows in from its headwaters.

Chongo invites audience members of all backgrounds to join with him in celebrating and deepening an understanding of these ancient practices. His training is based on the knowledge received from his grandfather, Mabihani Xhongo, and the Ancients. Later, Chongo studied at the Cross Roads Music School in Maputo, Mozambique. His professional experience includes teaching, musical composition, production, and performance worldwide. Chongo is a fiscal year 2020 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature,and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This event is supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency and The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music.

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For further information on this event, contact Beth Watkins at or (217) 265-5485

All participants are welcome. To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at or (217) 244-5586.