Indlamu ( Zulu pronunciation: [ind͡ɮaːmu]) is a traditional Zulu dance from Southern Africa, synonymous with the Zulu tribe of South Africa and the Northern Ndebele tribe of Western Zimbabwe.
The Ingoma dance is a traditional dance that usually involves high kicking motions. It is performed to a chant and drum beat during transition ceremonies. The coming of age, weddings and pre-hunt periods. It is synonymous with Zulu history and its form is native to South Africa.
Zulu reed dance is a celebration of Zulu culture Girls from all over the country arrive in the area for the traditional Zulu festivities. Led by Zulu princesses, the young women make a sea of colour in intricately beaded outfits as they each collect a cut reed and present it to the king.
Characteristic at South African Zulu dance is rhythmic and legs and feet work and smooth hip movements. Zulu is a South African tribe, and one of the largest ethnic groups. The dancers stand in a line. Hands are piled high, often decorated with weapons and shields. Sometimes the dance is subdued and almost a shuffle.
The Zulu dance is a sign of happiness. It is done on Zulu weddings, crowning of kings, when a child is born, when a war is won and testing of virgins. The men have their way of singing and dancing, called Indlamu.
Umzansi Zulu dance is often characterized as an “ancient war dance ” of the Zulu, a “warrior nation”. While dancers celebrate imperial Zulu history and the prominent role that song and dance played in that history, ngoma developed through a history of migrant labor in the 20th century.
Indian Kathak Classical Dance. India has ten major forms of classical dance and the Kathak is one associated with the travelling bards of the northern Indian states. Ukranian Gopak or Cossack Dance. Tinikling – A traditional Philippine Folk Dance. Kabuki from Japan. Balinese Kekak Dance. Dabke – Middle East.
Here is a list of the most popular types of dance: Ballet. Ballroom. Contemporary. Hip Hop. Jazz. Tap Dance. Folk Dance. Irish Dance.
Ngoma is derived from the Kongo word for “drum”. In Kikongo, ” ngoma ” is used by extension to signify specific dances, social occasions and rhythms. In Swahili, the word Ngoma is used to describe the drums themselves as well as music and dance together as a joint cultural practice.
According to Zulu traditon, only virgins are permitted to take part in the festival to ensure that they are ritually ‘pure’. The Reed Dance festival is a solemn occasion for the young women, but also an opportunity to show off their singing, dancing and beadwork, the fruits of many months of excitement and preparation.
The Reed Dance does many good things: it fosters self-esteem, strengthens community, and provides a strong sense of cultural identity essential for nation-building.
Early every September over 10 000 Zulu maidens gather at the reigning Zulu king’s (King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu) KwaNyokeni Palace in Nongoma. The colourful cultural festival is known as the the Royal Reed Dance or Umkhosi woMhlanga in the Zulu language.
Maize meal is a staple Zulu food, and is usually eaten in a dish called uphutu, which is a crumbly maize meal porridge generally eaten cold with amasi but is also enjoyed hot with beans or cabbage.
Maskanda (or Maskandi) is a kind of Zulu folk music that is evolving with South African society. Ethekwini Online describes it as “The music played by the man on the move, the modern minstrel, today’s troubadour.
Since the Zulu people originally relied on the land for sustenance, their diet was made up mainly of the grain and vegetables that they farmed and the meat that their own animals provided. Today, sorghum and maize starches remain the staple food of the Zulu folk.