Dancing with the Ngwazi
Kamuzu Academy Gule Wamkulu Project

Part II - Gule Wamkulu on the Road

In Part II of this series our scope is broader. We look first at a number of special occasions in and around Mtunthama at which the Great Dance is performed and then, because the Great Dance is characterised also by the free movement of people and ideas throughout the Chewa World, beyond Mtunthama to Kasungu, the rest of Malawi and even 'Beyond the Lake' - to Zambia and Mozambique. We conclude by presenting a number of representative examples of the traditional cultures of peoples who are contiguous to the Chewa.

For each video there are two links: to the Video itself and to the Table of Contents (where available).

Indices of Masks and Structures of Gule Wamkulu and Dances for Women and Girls are available here.

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Part 02.01

The Ngwazi Dances

Part 02.01a

Central, Northern and Southern Regions
Kamuzu Academy

Archive Footage

Video (27:15)

KAGWP 15

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Part 02.02

Mtunthama - Chizangala

Festival

Part 02.02a

Chakwanira Village

12th July 2019

Video (45:02)

 

with
The Grammar School at Leeds (UK)

KAGWP 16

Part 02.02b

Chakwanira Village

9th - 10th November 2019

Video (23:14)

 

 
 
 

KAGWP 17

Part 02.02c

Kayeya Village

14th May 2020

Video (57:00)

 

This video records 'May' celebrations in Mtunthama.

KAGWP 18

Part 02.02d

Kayeya Village

20th June 2020

Video (48:11)

 

This video records 'Solstice' celebrations in Mtunthama.

KAGWP 19

Part 02.02e

Kaphaizi Village

14th May 2021

Video (36:38)

 

This video records 'Kamuzu Day' celebrations in Mtunthama.

KAGWP 20

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Part 02.03

Mtunthama - Dambule

Clearing the Graveyard

 

Part 02.03a

Njovu Village

13th - 15th June 2019

Video (27:01)

KAGWP 21

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Part 02.04

Mtunthama - Kulowa Gule

Initiation into Gule Wamkulu

Part 02.04a

Mphepo Village

30th October 2019

Video (18:54)

KAGWP 22

Part 02.04b

Kaphaizi Village

18th Sept. - 4th Oct. 2020

Video (44:27)

KAGWP 23

Part 02.04c

Kaphaizi Village

5th Oct. - 24th Dec. 2020

Video (43:46)

KAGWP 24

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Part 02.05

Mtunthama - Kulowa Mfumu

Initiation into Chieftainship

Part 02.05a

Mpofu Village

28th September 2019

Video (46:16)

KAGWP 25

Part 02.05b

Lipalazo Village

5th October 2019

Video (43:20)

KAGWP 26

Part 02.05c

Mkando Village

22nd August 2020

Video (22:35)

KAGWP 27

Part 02.05d

Wimbe Village

19th June 2021

Video (20:06)

KAGWP 28

Part 02.05e

Wimbe Village

17th July 2021

Video (47:39)

KAGWP 29

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Part 02.06

Mtunthama - Maliro

Funeral

Part 02.06a

Kambanga Village

18th June 2019

Video (17:15)

KAGWP 30

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Part 02.07

Mtunthama - Msonkhano

Political Rally

 

Part 02.07a

Mtunthama Primary School

3rd March & 7th April 2019

Video (13:07)

KAGWP 31

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Part 02.08

Beyond Mtunthama

 

Part 02.08a

The Great Dance
Njombwa Village

23rd October 2020

Video (28:16)

KAGWP 32

Part 02.08b

Mr. Chifukwa
Chifukwa Village

19th August 2019

Video (21:09)

KAGWP 33

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Part 02.09

Beyond Kasungu

Part 02.09a

Dedza - Kungoni Centre of Culture and Art
Mua Parish

Kasiyamaliro 2010 - 2012

Video (02:01:50)
 
 

KAGWP 34
KUNGONI 2012

Part 02.09b

Dedza - Kungoni Centre of Culture and Art
Mua Parish

Chamare Day 2013 - 2014

Video (i) The Mass (01:14:21)
Video (ii) The Play (01:51:43)
Video (iii) The Dances (01:43:12)

KAGWP 35a, 35b, 35c
KUNGONI 2014a, 2014b, 2014c

Part 02.09c

Dowa - Chewa Heritage
Kaluzi Village

7th September 2019

Video (45:51)

KAGWP 36

Part 02.09d

Dowa - Kulowa Mfumu
Letasi Village

16th July 2019

Video (47:56)

KAGWP 37

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Part 02.10

Beyond the Lake

Part 02.10a

Zambia - Kulamba
Mkaika Village

31st August 2019

Video (55.52)

KAGWP 38

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Part 02.11

Other Traditional Ceremonies

Part 02.11a

Mulanje - Mulhako wa Alhomwe
Chonde Village

12th - 13th October 2019

Video (46:51)

KAGWP 39

Part 02.11b

Ntcheu - The Royal Wedding
Nkolimbo Village

2nd November 2019

Video (45:23)

KAGWP 40

Part 02.11c

Zambia - Nc'wala
Mtenguleni Village

29th February 2020

Video (47:53)

KAGWP 41

Part 02.11d

Zambia - Nc'wala
Mtenguleni Village

2008

Video (56:46)

KAGWP 42
POESCHL 2008

Part 02.11e

Rumphi - Vimbuza / Chilopa

1991

Video (01:06:33)

KAGWP 43
POESCHL 1991

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Part 02.12

Aliter

Part 02.12a

Traditional Beliefs and Practices
Mr. Davis Chikoti

October - December 2020

Video (37:08)

KAGWP 44

Part 02.12b

The Mankhwala of Mtunthama
"How to Get a Girl"

March 2021

Video (22:01)

KAGWP 45

Part 02.12c

The Mankhwala of Mtunthama
"How to Kill a Man"

March 2021

Video (23:10)

KAGWP 46

Part 02.12d

Ng'oma
Kaphaizi Village

May - June 2021

Video (17:38)

KAGWP 47

Click here to read an illustrated account of the 2014 Nc'wala Ceremony (.pdf).

The YouTube playlist is available here.

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