Pretty Zulu Girls show their Wedding Dance.
Uploaded by GlobalDVC on Apr 28, 2008
This post showcases three videos of traditional Zulu dances.*
This post also provides information about two traditional dances of the KwaZulu (Zulu) people of South Africa.
My thanks to the author of the excerpted post and the participants, producers, and uploaders of these videos.
*In recognition of the educational guidelines in the elementary through high school public schools in the United States, these featured videos do not include any female topless views.
INFORMATION ABOUT TWO TRADITIONAL ZULU DANCES: INGOMA (ISISHAMENI)AND INDLAMU
Ingoma (isishameni) - a harmonising performance with boys and girls together
but dancing separately. The boys clap while the girls dance and vice-versa.
Indlamu - the traditional dance most often associated with Zulu culture. It
is performed with drums and full traditional attire and is derived from the war dances of the warriors.
This war dance is untouched by Western influence probably because it is regarded as a touchstone of Zulu identity. Full regimental atture, precise timing and uncompromised posture are required. It is danced by men of any age wearing skin(amabeshu), headrings, ceremonial belts, ankle rattles, sheilds and weapons like knobkeries and spears. While indlamu uses similar steps as girls do for ingoma, it has a much more calculated, less frantic feel, showing off muscular strength and control of the weapons with mock stabs at imaginary enemies. Dancers are more likely to make eye contact with the audience. Various drums and whistles accompany the dance.
Both indlamu and ingoma are performed at weddings. Women perform ingoma and men indlamu.
Click that link for information about other traditional Zulu dances.
This video is placed at the top of this page.
The video uploader's summary is as follows:
Beautiful Zulu girl Mafuthi Mathenjwa works at the Simunye Community Tourism Association Office (sponsored by DaimlerChrysler) based at the entrance of Khula Village a small rural settlement next to the Dukuduku Forest on the fringes of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park in Zululand.
Mafuti is the pretty receptionist and dancer in the nearby Veyane Cultural Village we filmed her and the dancers in a wedding song for YouTube. They like to become famous and attract more tourists, so tell them please you saw her here on YouTube. This tourism office is the first in South Africa to be entirely owned and operated by members of the local community.
Video #2: Zulu Dancing
Uploaded by varzinczak on Jan 15, 2009
Zulu dancing in the Valley of a Thousand Hills, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Video #3: zulu kids dancing in south africa
Uploaded by voodoochop on Nov 7, 2006
zulu kids dancing in south africa. part of "a modern odyssey" photography show. amodernodyssey.com. proceeds go to two sisters charity. twosisters.org.za
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