Monday, September 14, 2015

In Zambia, Kulamba Ceremony Honors Chief

David Joseph Kapito / youthjournalism.org
At the annual cultural festival of the Kulamba ceremony at Mkaika in the Katete District in Zambia at the end of August, the flags of Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia represented the Chewa speaking people from the three countries.

David Joseph Kapito / youthjournalism.org
Kulamba is a Chewa cultural ceremony held each year at Mkaika in the Katete District in Zambia. At the ceremony, all the subordinate chiefs in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia pay their homage or tributes to the paramount chief, Kalonga Gawa Undi. The chiefs also attend and celebrate at this great function with people from their respective areas.

David Joseph Kapito / youthjournalism.org
The Chewa chiefs from the three countries present their gifts to Kalonga, the head chief. The chiefs also reported their concerns from their respective areas. In this year’s ceremony, the Chewa head Chief Kalonga Gawa Undi advised Chewa people from Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique to live in harmony with other tribes and the presence of various chiefs invited from other tribes was an example of the Undi’s message.  He also encouraged youth on education.

David Joseph Kapito / youthjournalism.org
The ceremony included entertainment – various cultural dances from Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique. The photo above is of Gologolo, an extraordinary dance performance done on a tall tree.
David Joseph Kapito / youthjournalism.org
The tallest Makanja, about to dance during Kulamba ceremony at Mkaika, Katete District In Zambia. 
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