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Khayelihle Mnqayi – dance teacher in Inanda

by in Community, Culture & Heritage

ZULU CHILDREN THAT DANCE INGOMASummary of interview with KHAYELIHLE MNQAYI, a dance teacher in Inanda

KHAYELIHLE MNQAYI, WAS BORN AT KWAMAPHUMULO, HE DID HIS PRIMARY LEVEL AT MBITANE PRIMARY SCHOOL, THEN HE WENT TO LINCOPHO, FROM THERE HE WENT TO OHLANGE INSTITUTE WHERE HE COMPLETED HIS HIGH SCHOOL, KNOWN AS MATRIC.

HE IS A DANCE TEACHER AT HIS AREA KNOWN AS INANDA.HE STATES THAT THE DANCE THEY DO IS NOT CALL A DANCE BUT THEY CALL IT “INGOMA”, HE SAID THAT THERE IS INGOMA FOR LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT VARIES IN THREE CATEGORIES, ONE KNOWN AS ISICHUNU WHICH IS FAST, THEN USHAMENI WHICH IS NOT FAST AS THE OTHERS, BUT AT ALL IT IS KNOWN AS INGOMA IN THE ZULU WAY.

HE STARTED LEARNING IT A KWAMAPHUMULO FROM HIS PRIMARY LEVEL.HE JUST LEARNT BY WATCHING THOSE WHO WERE OLDER THAN HIM DOING IT, BY THAT TIME HE WAS DOING GRADE 5. SO HE LOOKED AT THE DANCE THEN LATER HE KNEW HOW TO MOVE HIS FOOT AND CLAP THOSE HANDS. EVEN DURING THE TIME WHEN HE WENT TO HIGH, HE CONTINUED TO DANCE. EVEN WHEN HE MOVED HERE TO DURBAN, HE CONTINUED UNTIL HE FORMED HIS OWN DANCE GROUPS AT INANDA.

AT INANDA WHERE HE RESIDES HE IS HAVING A GROUP CALLED AMAQWANE, WHICH CONSISTS OF LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THEN THERE IS UMKHONTO FOR LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. KHAYELIHLE MENTIONED THAT NOBODY TAUGHT HIM, JUST LEARNT IT BY WATCHING THE ELDERS DANCING IT WHEN THERE WERE EVENTS IN HIS AREA. WHEN HE STARTED HIS PRIMARY LEVEL, HIS UNCLES USED TO HAVE THEIR OWN GROUPS KNOWN AS LIONS, SO KHAYELIHLE MENTIONED THE FACT THAT INGOMA CAN BE DONE ANYTIME, EVEN WHEN YOU WALKING WITH FRIENDS, YOU CAN DO INGOMA.

Interview and English summary: Tebenguni Nxumalo, 6 October 2014, Inanda

 

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One Response to “Khayelihle Mnqayi – dance teacher in Inanda”

  1. From Samke:

    Can i please have this guys contacts details ASAP, you can reply on my email address or work number 0315146390 from monday-friday 9:00 to 4:00

    Kind regards,

    Samkelisiwe

    Posted on January 22, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

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