Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Videos Of Ovambo (Owambo) Traditional Dancing - Namibia (2012-2014)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part II of a three part series that showcases traditional dances of the Ovambo people of Namibia, South Africa. This post features examples of these dances which were published on YouTube from 2012-2014 (to this date).

Click for Part I of this series. Part I features examples of these dances which were published on YouTube from 2009 through 2011.

Click for Part III of this series. Part III showcases examples of the male dance "omupembe".

Some information about the Ovambo people is also included in these posts.

The content of this post is presented for folkloric, cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those who work to keep traditional performing arts cultures alive. 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.

"The Ovambo people (sometimes called Owambo) are an amalgamation of diverse agricultural Bantu-speaking people occupying international border regions of southern Angola and northern Namibia, popularly known as Ovamboland. The Ovambo people are by far the largest ethnic group in Namibia and make up just over half the population...

The Name Ovambo (Owambo)/Geography
It is maintained in the source literature that the Ovambo owe their name to their neighbours the Herero. Tuupainen (1970:12) states that the term ‘Ovambo’ is derived from the Herero ovajamba, meaning ‘wealthy-people’, whilst Loeb (1962:9) claims that in Herero dialect ‘ovambo’ means ‘people-with-the-cattle-posts’, because the Ovambo had to graze their cattle north and east of the living area.

Although the two interpretations of the term differ, what is important is that they both contain a reference to Ovambo economic prosperity and relative political power based on ivory trading (jamba: elephant) and pastoralism/cattle raiding....

Ovambo people are part of the Great Bantu Migration from West Africa and Central Africa through Great Lake area and further down to Upper Zambezi and to later migrated gradually to their present locations in Namibia and Angola. Ovambo people met San and Khoikhoi people of Southern Africa. Ovambo people like all the Bantu people brought iron technology to Southern Africa and used it as a superior weapon to pushed away the aboriginal tribes making to possible for them to occupy their land.
Click for general information about the African nation of Namibia.

These examples are presented in chronological order based on their posting date on YouTube with the oldest dated posts presented first.

Example #1: Traditional Owambo Dance

Svromant , Published on Jul 4, 2012
This is a video of the learners at Shituwa Senior Secondary School near Oshakati in Namibia. They are performing a traditional Ovambo dance for the Day of the African Child; June 2012

Example #2: Eenkuwa Cultural Group - Namibia

Grant C , Published on Jul 11, 2012

A compilation of the Eenkuwa Cultural Group from Northern Namibia during their performance at a regional culture festival in 2012. The girls, competing in the upper primary category, are ages 15 up to 17. They are of the Owambo tribe and more specifically the Kwambi sub-tribe. The performance consists of a drama followed by 3 dances that are specific to Kwambi traditional culture. The drama and singing is all in the Oshiwambo language. This performance won the girls first place at the competition.

Example #3: Endola Circuit Culture Competition Omungwelume SS 2012

Bret McSpadden, Published on Jul 22, 2012

Omungwelume SS Cultural group at the Endola Circuit Culture Competition in 2012

Example #4: Ovambo dance

blacfoundation, Published on Oct 8, 2012

Example #5: Owambo Dance

Fabio Miyata, Published on Dec 9, 2013

Ongula Villa Homestead Lodge no coração do Owamboland.
Google Translate: From Portuguese to English :Ongula Villa Homestead Lodge in the heart of Owamboland.

Example #6: oshiwambo traditional group in Namibia

luktos shikongo blished on Mar 23, 2014

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