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Por trás duma performance: O Tufo da Mafalala (Installation)
Two HD video projections of 35 minutes, four audio channels, bricks, straw mats and capulana.

Camões – Centro Cultural Português, Maputo, Mozambique
February/March 2018

Pedro Rebelo
Matilde Meireles
Iñigo Sanchez
with participation of Tufo da Mafalala

Por trás duma performance: O Tufo da Mafalala (Behind a performance: Tufo of Mafalala) is an invitation to enter into the backstage of an expressive practice strongly linked to the past, present and future of Mafalala’s neighbourhood in Maputo, Mozambique. This traditional Mozambican dance of Arabic origins is practiced by a group of Makhuwa women that came to this neighbourhood from the the north-eastern province of Nampula. The dance has its unique practices and rituals that usually go unnoticed in the eyes of the audience involving the make-up, the selection of capulanas (traditional dress), the composition of the music and the lyrics. These elements inscribe tufo as a space of sociability and intimacy, generating women’s dreams and reflecting a history of conflict that unfolds in the artistic expression of the dance.

Por trás duma performance: O Tufo da Mafalala (Behind a performance: Tufo of Mafalala) is an outcome of the research project Understanding the role of sound and music in conflict transformation: The Mozambique Case Study.