The Chisemwa cha Lunda is a traditional ceremony of the Lunda people of the North-Western province of Zambia.
The ceremony is a celebration of the Lunda people’s traditional culture and heritage. It is an expression of the Lunda ethnic pride and cultural identity.
The ceremony was revived in 1997 by chief Chifwanakeni cha Mwatiyamvwa Mulumbi Datuma II.
Initially, the ceremony was known as ‘Musolu Weseki Da Lunda‘ and it was founded by the late senior chief Kanong’esha Salowu Kamonda.
Held annually, the Chisemwa cha Lunda ceremony brings together the Lunda, Kaonde, Lamba and Luvale chiefs. The ceremony is held at senior chief Kanong’esha’s palace, 47 kilometres from Mwinilunga town. Chisemwa cha Lunda ceremony takes place in an arena specifically built for the festivities.
The ceremonial entry of senior chief Kanong’esha into the main arena, wearing his traditional regalia is the most exciting part of the ceremony.
From their original kingdom in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Lunda can be found in North-Western and Luapula provinces of Zambia and in Angola as well. This explains the presence of Lunda chiefs from the DR Congo as well as Angola at the Chisemwa cha Lunda traditional ceremony. The Lunda people settled in various places as a result of migration and the result is that the Lunda people are spread across these three countries; Zambia, Angola and DR Congo.
The Chisemwa cha Lunda traditional ceremony is more than just dancing and singing. It is a way of displaying the cultural heritage of the Lunda people, how they lived and how they hunted for their food, the traditional food they ate and how they preserved it. It is a way of passing on the Lunda traditional heritage to the next generation.
The Chisemwa cha Lunda traditional ceremony is the best place to be if you want to sample the customs and culture of the Lunda people.
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