December 01, 2006

Native ringtones for sale

Tribal chants may go global as ringtonesXavante Indians living on the southern edge of Brazil's Amazon rainforest plan to start selling ringtones of traditional chants like "the hunt song" and "the healing dance" to cellphone users in China and Europe.

Brazilian cellphone users can already download the tones for about $1.40 (Dh5)each and 100 Xavante in the remote Sao Pedro village in Mato Grosso state have been profiting from the sales for the past few months, said Gilson Schwartz, coordinator of an aid group called Cidade Movel.

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