Edited by Azizi Powell
This is Part IV of a four part series on South African Ingoma and Indlamu dances.
This post showcases five YouTube video examples of South African Indlamu dances.
Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2015/12/real-information-about-south-african_19.html for Part I of this series. Part I provides excerpts about the traditional and the contemporary meanings of Ingoma in South Africa from Vusabantu Ngema's 2007 University of Zululand Masters of Arts dissertation "Symbolism and Implications in the Zulu dance forms: Notions of composition, performance and appreciation of dance among the Zulu".
Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2015/12/real-information-about-south-african.html for Part II of this series. Part II provides excerpts about the traditional and the contemporary meanings of Ingoma in South Africa from Vusabantu Ngema's 2007 University of Zululand Masters of Arts dissertation "Symbolism and Implications in the Zulu dance forms: Notions of composition, performance and appreciation of dance among the Zulu". Particular attention in these excerpts is given to description of indlamu dances and, in particular to the dance style called "Isizingili".
Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2015/12/escerpt-about-ingoma-from-1929-1930.html for Part III of this series. Part III provides an excerpt of a research article by Veit Erlmann on Zulu dancing.
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Thanks to all those who are featured in these videos. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.
Please be aware that a number of YouTube videos of Indlamu dances and other dances from South Africa show topless women. The videos embedded in this post purposely doesn't include any of those videos in order to facilitate the possible use of this material in United States public schools and after school community centers.
SHOWCASE EXAMPLES: INDLAMU
These examples are given in chronological order according to their publishing dates on YouTube with the oldest dated example given first.
Example #1: The Zulu dance (indlamu)
SIPHO Ngcamu, Published on May 24, 2013
Example #2: Lamula Primary School Indlamu Dance
Scott McClure, Published on Jun 10, 2013
This video showcases South African girls dancing Indlamu.
[Editor's note revised- July 13. 2016]
I think this video shows examples of "dual dancing" as described in excerpts of Vusabantu Ngema's 2007 University of Zululand dissertation on Zulu dance that is excerpted in Part I and Part II of this pancocojams series. Here's the quote from that dissertation which I think refers to the dancing performed in this video:
"Young girls at Ndomo also perform some form of dual dancing but they lift the knees and shake them attentively to the rhythm of the drum. This kind of performance is referred to as Indlamu or Ingadlela yezintombi and is done in an accompaniment of song and the clapping of hands by the spectators who usually stand in a circular formation. Couples (girls) take turn in the middle of the centre to perform quick movements described above." [page 51]
The difference between Vusabantu Ngema's description of "dual dancing" and the performance in the above video is that the spectators are seated and the dancers are standing in a line and not a circle.
Example #3: INDLAMU
Mzikhona M Biyela, Published on Aug 14, 2014
Example #4: INDLAMU EPISODE 1
manzinimedia, Published on Oct 3, 2014
Indlamu is an African music television programme produced by Manzini Media.The show focuses on raw and original African music NOT the commerical version. We take a look at the culture (food, dance, music and clothing, etc). We are proud of being African.
Notice that a women's group is the second group performing Indlamu in this video.
Example #5: INDLAMU Kwazulu Natal Best Zulu Dance (Must Watch)
Film Africa TV, Published on Apr 11, 2015
INDLAMU KZN 2015 Film Africa Yabantu
Editor's Comments added July 13, 2016]
This video is 1 hour and 23 minutes. None of the female groups are topless.
A number of commenters wrote that they thought that the second group [beginning at 7:16] was the best.
YouTube also includes a number of South African dance videos that include the word "ingoma" in their titles. I didn't feature any of those videos in this post because I'm not sure if "ingoma" in those videos' titles is used in the older, broad sense to "classify the broad category of Zulu recreational dance.dance" or the more contemporary sense of "Team dances that do not require drum accompaniment are recently being referred to as ingoma." [quoting Vusabantu Ngema's dissertation/book Symbolism and Implications in the Zulu dance forms: Notions of composition, performance and appreciation of dance among the Zulu.] Excerpts of that book are found in Part I and Part II of this series.
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