Zambian traditional dancing is very much alive in all parts of the country. It's as diverse as Zambia's 73 ethnic tribes. It is an important part of the Zambian culture. If there's a funeral, a ceremony, a cerebration or a beer party, you are guaranteed of Zambian traditional dancing!
The country has distinct dances and songs from one tribe to the other. Different types of music and dance are connected with each of the country's ethnic group. There are specific dances and the accompanying songs for every occasion, sex and age group. Through song and dance, messages are conveyed.
The following are some types of traditional dances;
The traditional dancing is also part of entertainment. Songs are a means of passing on beliefs, legends, folklore and history to the future generations.
Traditional dances and songs were and are still performed at any of the following occasions, although the practice is slowly dying out in urban areas;
The traditional dancing is an expression of tradition and culture through the masks and dresses worn by the dancers. In rural areas, traditional dancing and singing are still the main form of entertainment especially at the weekends. This is so because most rural areas lack modern recreational facilities.
Although in Zambian dancing there's a lot of drumming, singing, and clapping, some traditionally made musical instruments are also used.
Most of the traditional dancing is kept alive by traditional ceremonies. This is equally true of traditional songs. The traditional ceremonies, including weddings, funerals and initiation ceremonies, involve a lot of singing and dancing.
Some ceremonial dances culminate into the chiefs dance, like the Umutomboko ceremony of the Bemba people.
Popular modern Zambian dance music has incorporated a lot of traditional music and dance. And so its rooted in the traditional style of singing.
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