Dance

Dance

A traditional Tete dance

Njole

Njole

In this video...the local women of Kanjanda give a fantastic demonstration of another traditional dance, Njole, while the men accompany them on the drums. As part of the dance, the women sometimes fall to the ground. These moves evoke the civil war period, when people who went to fetch firewood were shot at by soldiers.

In Tete Province, a traditional dance of the Chewa people is practiced. The Chewa are a Bantu-speaking people living in central Malawi and also in parts of Zambia and Mozambique. The Chewa are known for their spiritual Nyau beliefs and dances.

The dance in the main video is called Gule Wamkulu, which means 'The Great Dance' in the Chewa language. The dancers are ‘possessed’ by the spirits of the mask they wear, ‘nyama’ (the spirits of animals) or ‘mizimu’ (the spirits of ancestors).

Gule Wamkulu is usually performed during holidays and for occasions such as anniversaries and funerals. Here, the dancers are happy to perform for the young people of SOS Children and their video.