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Traditional dancing game

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Ms. G Mkhize says in this game children would sing, clap hands, and one of them would be in the formed circle and dance in a traditional way. Sometimes children would wear traditional attire as they dance.

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The person consulted

Ms. G Mkhize of KwaSithebe KwaZulu gave an explanation about this game.

Who play this game?

This game is played by boys and girls but separately. Even when both girls and boys are together, they do not dance together. The girls would form their own line and the boys form their own line. They would dance interchangeably.

What is used to play this game?

Girls used to wear beaded loin-covering strap, patched beadwork or colourful cloth around the waist. Those with head covering beadwork for young women would wear these as well and any other traditional attire they could find.

When is this game played?

This game is played during the day if children get a chance.

Where is this game played?

This game is played in an open cleared space.

How is this game played?

Traditional dancing is done in a number of ways. Sometime the girl would line up and dance one style simultaneously. They would change turns with boys. Sometimes dancing would be done in pairs, the two people competing against each other. Sometimes people would dance individually. In the latter way the one dancing would pick a person to come afterwards when he/she finishes. The chosen person would take the platform and dance in his/her own fashion and pass the turn to another person and so on and so on. The game would go on until they all tire of the game.

Custom associated with this game

Since ancient times, African people performed traditional dance. There is no evidence as to a specific era in which this custom started. People would dance to entertain themselves or guests during feasts or ceremonies. Children learnt to dance on their own. Leaders of the dance were identified at an early age as children learnt to dance.

Source

From a Masters dissertation by Victoria Mkhize for the School of IsiZulu, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Supervised by Professors P.J. Zungu and V. Prabhakaran.