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.

Work is in progress to expand this aspect of the Kamuzu Academy Gule Wamkulu Project.

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)

Contents

KAGWP 15

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Part 02.02

Mtunthama - Chizangala

Festival

Part 02.02a

Chakwanira Village

12th July 2019

Video (45:02)

Contents

KAGWP 16

with
The Grammar School at Leeds (UK)

 

Part 02.02b

Chakwanira Village

9th - 10th November 2019

Video (23:14)

Contents

KAGWP 17

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Part 02.03

Mtunthama - Dambule

Clearing the Graveyard

 

Part 02.03a

Njovu Village

13th - 15th June 2019

Video (27:01)

Contents

KAGWP 18

 

 

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Part 02.04

Mtunthama - Kulowa Gule

Inititation into Gule Wamkulu

Part 02.04a

Mphepo Village

30th October 2019

Video (18:54)

Contents

KAGWP 19

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Part 02.05

Mtunthama - Kulowa Mfumu

Initiation into Chieftainship

Part 02.05a

Mpofu Village

28th September 2019

Video (46:16)

Contents

KAGWP 20

Part 02.05b

Lipalazo Village

5th October 2019

Video (43:20)

Contents

KAGWP 21

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Part 02.06

Mtunthama - Maliro

Funeral

Part 02.06a

Kambanga Village

18th June 2019

Video (17:15)

Contents

KAGWP 22

 

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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)

Contents

KAGWP 23

 

 

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Part 02.08

Beyond Mtunthama

 

Part 02.08a

The Great Dance
Njombwa Village

4th August 2019

Video (16:00)

Contents

KAGWP 24

Part 02.08b

Mr. Chifukwa
Chifukwa Village

19th August 2019

Video (21:09)

Contents

KAGWP 25

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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)

Contents

KAGWP 26
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)

Contents

KAGWP 27a, 27b, 27c
KUNGONI 2014a, 2014b, 2014c

Part 02.09c

Dowa - Chewa Heritage
Kaluzi Village

7th September 2019

Video (45:51)

Contents

KAGWP 28

Part 02.09d

Dowa - Kulowa Mfumu
Letasi Village

16th July 2019

Video (47:56)

Contents

KAGWP 29

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Part 02.10

Beyond the Lake

Part 02.10a

Zambia - Kulamba
Mkaika Village

31st August 2019

Video (55.52)

Contents

KAGWP 30

Part 02.11c

Zambia - Nc'wala
Mtenguleni Village

29th February 2020

Video

Contents

KAGWP 34
POESCHL 2008

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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)

Contents

KAGWP 31

Part 02.11b

Ntcheu - The Royal Wedding
Nkolimbo Village

2nd November 2019

Video (45:23)

Contents

KAGWP 32

Part 02.11c

Zambia - Nc'wala
Mtenguleni Village

29th February 2020

Video (47:53)

Contents

KAGWP 33

Part 02.11d

Zambia - Nc'wala
Mtenguleni Village

c. 2008

Video

Contents

KAGWP 34
POESCHL 2008

Part 02.11e

Rumphi - Vimbuza / Chilopa

c. 1990

Video

Contents

KAGWP 35
POESCHL 1990

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

The YouTube playlist is available here.