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November 19, 2014

Khayelihle Mnqayi – dance teacher in Inanda

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

 

September 14, 2012

Culture & Heritage

eNanda is part of the eThekwini municipality and only 25km away from the bustling city centre of Durban, but due to its semi-rural character, much traditional Zulu culture is still practiced here. This section features indigenous knowledge, beliefs, rituals, and customs, many of which can be observed by interested visitors and tourists. However, this section is neither exclusively about traditional nor Zulu culture. eNanda has always been a place where different cultures co-exist and merge; the unique spirit of the place has evolved through cross-cultural fertilization. Today, eNanda’s culture and heritage consists of a rich diversity of cultural heritage practices that range from traditional Zulu rituals to contemporary South African township culture.

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