The Ingoma Zulu dance is one of the purest remnants of Zulu tradition. Traditional Zulu dancing is an important part of the Zulu culture.
Native to South Africa, the Zulu tribe has many rituals that have been passed from generation to generation over time. Dancing is one of the most common types of community rituals, and it is incorporated into most Zulu ceremonies. Zulu dances are signs of happiness and they occur when any significant event takes place.
The Ingoma dance
The Ingoma dance is considered one of the most purist forms of Zulu dance. This dance is performed to a chant and during transition ceremonies, such as coming of age, weddings and pre-hunt or pre-battle time periods. The Ingoma is frantically danced and incorporates high kicking motions. The Ingoma, however, is practiced in southern Africa through to Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, with regional differences in style and shifts in meaning.
Girls are bare-chested and wear wool skirts and ankle rattles during the Ingoma dances and reed dance. Boys and men typically only wear cowhides that cover their genitals and backsides during the Ingoma dance.
It is customary that unmarried and young men dance, alternating in separate groups, occasionally the married women and men break in and join the festivities. Married women utter a quavering shrill (ukukikiza). When the young women (izintombi) dance, the young men clap and play the drum and vice versa.
Author: Gesture Chidhanguro