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NC'WALA CEREMONY IN CHIPATA ZAMBIA

  • Thursday, October 15, 2009
  • Samuel Kadyakale
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  • Nc'wala Ceremony, Zambia is one of the most colorful festivals celebrated in Zambia. Nc'wala Ceremony, Zambia is mostly celebrated by the Ngoni tribe. The Ngoni people reside in the eastern edge of Zambia which is close to Chipata. The Ngoni people who are the inhabitants of Zambia did not stay there from before. Initially they stayed in South Africa. When they shifted from there, they won many victories over other tribes. The Nc'wala Ceremony, Zambia is held to celebrate the glorious deeds of the tribe. The ceremony starts with the tasting of the first fruit of the year by the chief of the Ngoni tribe.

    This is followed by much singing and dancing. There are speeches that are given by the members of the community. There is also a grand feast laid out for the entire community.


    Nc'wala Ceremony, Zambia is celebrated at the end of February every year. It is a big traditional party. The dancers dance to the rhythmic beats of drums. They engage in repetitive movements with the beat of the drums. It creates a unique atmosphere of music and motion. The people of the tribe are dressed in leopard skins and they carry accessories like clubs, shields and feathers.

    A bull is killed and the chief of the community drinks the blood of the animal and the celebrations start. The members of the Ngoni tribe then rush at the dead animal and tear at the carcass and cut out chunks of the meat.

    Nc'wala Ceremony, Zambia is designed to bring the members of the community close to ach other. It strengthens the bonds among the members of the community.





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