Timbi.world - Play or Burst in Mozambique

This is a free-to-play videogame celebrating music and culture from the Chopi Timbila and people (Unesco's Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity).
Timbi World aims to blur the boundaries between the Real and the Virtual so that we can gift our gamers with the tools to fix global problems they care about. Maputo Skate is our first example. Thanks to our 63 Proxy donors we made gamers' dreams come through. Check our gofundme Campaign

Timbi Adventures (multiplayer)

Join calabash-made character Timbiliki@ on an epic journey across musical islands. Bang your wooden head to greet new friends; complete challenges to collect rhythmic energy; sweat your t-shirt at your favourite in-game music gig and climb the giant mwenge tree for the best view in the world!


  • We fundraised for Maputo Skate - a non-profit organisation established in Khongolote, Maputo. Maputo Skate focuses on edu-skating, which is designed to keep young people away from gang culture, drugs, alcohol and crime in Mozambique. 
  • We released the first version on Sept 8th, 2020 as part of a commission from  Ars Electronica Festival 2020 | SOUND CAMPUS METAVERSE (9-13 Sept 2020) to Keep•It•Human founder Ricardo Climent.  The metaverse was curated by Enrique Tomás.
  • With support from EASTN-DC Culture Europe, Climent put a team together to co-develop the MVP (studio manusamo&bzika) and NGO Maputo Skate, along the findings of Keep•It•Human market validation research at ASPECT UK.

Timbila 'Live-Aid' island

Build real African Loops to collect Rhythmic Energy, to unlock in-game assets. For every VIRTUAL skateboard you unlock, you are helping Timbi World to donate a REAL skate and education pack to Maputo Skate in Mozambique.

Arena GiG-island

This island hosts live musical events, broadcasting live music from artists' living rooms directly into the multiplayer game (no tricks!). Our first guest Artist is Giga-Herz-Preis 2020 winner Mark Pilkington (aka Thought Universe)


Unlock musical puzzles using sonic memory. Play musical tunes on a Gourdig reel-to-reel from 1961 and beat giant a mouthpiece snake to collect more rhythmic energy from a bass clarinet performed by Dutch genious Marij VanGorkom; A multiplayer woodwind stravaganza with musical teapots!.

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Free-to-play game for Mac or PC



Can Timbiliki@s actions in the virtual have an impact on the real world?
Yes, thanks to our Timbi Proxies they can. Become a Proxi!  An open-world game to make a better-world
Core to our games is to build digital worlds for  people to have fun, make great music and earn
rewards. What if timbiliki@ could share these rewards with those who need it most in the real world?


We connect players with donors, creating an ecosystem which makes them feed one another. Players earn digital currency (as music) in the game which they convert into digital donations because they care about it and they know that we sent the skates to Maputo Skate. Donors supported the in-game campaign at gofundme because they wanted to act as Proxies for this creative initiative, to realise young players' dreams. They did it because we code and have a passion for music and culture that they shared and most importantly, because they feel aligned with this cause, to keep young people away from gangs and drugs in Maputo via Maputo Skate's education and sports programme, under Good Push Alliance.

We asked for 10 educational skate-packs which included a skateboard, a helmet, four protective pads alongside a collection of educational kits (i.e. a notepad, etc.). Each skate-pack had a cost of £150 - the equivalent of €168, $199 or 14,209 MZN.

100% of the money raised was donated to Maputo Skate, including gofundme commission which was matched by Keep•It•Human.

Started on September 4th, 2020


Our NGO partner Maputo Skate  is a non-profit organization aiming to educate children and young people from 5 to 17 years of age with gender equality, through skateboarding, occupying their free time and at the same time educating so that they do not follow the path of alcohol and drugs.

Maputo Skate: 100% target reached!! via gofundme

Our first in-game campaign was in support for  Maputo Skate, - a non-profit organisation established in Khongolote, Maputo. Maputo Skate focuses on edu-skating, which is designed to keep young people away from gang culture, drugs, alcohol and crime in Mozambique. We made this wonderful island celebrating the music and culture of Mozambique to fundraise! 100% of the money donated via gofundme went to Maputo Skate.

A message from Maputo Skate Park

Francisco Vinho, our timbi-partner in Mozambique thanks the 61 proxi donors!

Our Proxi donors!


Routes from Academic Research at NOVARS

In 2011, world-leading Percussionist Miquel Bernat commissioned a number of European Composers, including NOVARS director Ricardo Climent, to write new musical works for the Timbila of Mozambique. The project aimed to merge European and African cultures throughout the Timbila Instrument of the Chopi people, which was investigated as a source for music composition and performance. A number of members of Drumming-GP Percussion group (Portugal) led by Miquel Bernat, undertook several field-work trips to Mozambique, in liaison with timbila player Matchume Zango. Drumming-GP learnt to play the timbila and one by one, acquired a set of instruments to complete a full timbila orchestra.
Climent composed a new work called "Xi" for Bernat, which is documented at http://timbila.org/

Miquel Bernat in Porto. Timbila workshop As part of the timbila.org project, Composer Ricardo Climent wrote 'Xi' for Timbila - Miquel Bernat


Mozambique alone is an African country with one of the wealthiest diversity of cultures, with over twenty ethnic groups spread around nearly 1,300 miles of coast.
We want to celebrate culture by constructing inspiring ways to communicate their values and meaning. We support authenticity, ethics and rigour in the message but also encourage the fusion of cultures to create greater diversity and forms of engagement among the younger generations. Music is such a universal language that the pathways to achieve so are naturally built. We are just facilitators for this to happen.

Timbila Workshop at NOVARS by Miquel Bernat

Performance of "Xi" for Timbila at xCOAx by Bernat / Climent

Pictured above Alena Mesarosova and Manu Ferrer commmissioned by Climent to scan and 3D design a family of Mbilas for "Xi"

Timbi World Collaborators


Ricardo Climent, founder of Keep it Human and Professor of Interactive Music Composition at University of Manchester, UK, where he serves as director of the NOVARS Research Centre and served a decade as head of Composition. Currently partner PI at University of Manchester of Culture Europe Grant EASTN-DC.


Alena Mesarosova and Manuel Ferrer. Manusamo & Bzika are an interdisciplinary group created by Manuel Ferrer Hernandéz (visual artist) ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-5334-3045 and Alena Mesarosova (architect) ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-1972-3690. More here

Timbila Percussion

Percussionists involved on the Climent's original Academic Research composition "Xi" with Timbilas http://timbila.org/   back in 2012: 

Development supported by EASTN-DC / Culture Europe

An important part of the development of this game is supported by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, via EASTN-DC Manchester and its programme or artistic / scientific residencies. EASTN-DC incorporated Spanish/Slovak Interdisciplinary group Manusamo & Bzika to its programme.