Zulu dancers put stamp on new year

Cape Times - - NEWS - Staff Writer

PRES­I­DENT Ja­cob Zuma hosted the an­nual Ind­lamu dance fes­ti­val on the first day of the new year.

The essence of the fes­ti­val is to mark the be­gin­ning of the new year and pro­mote in­dige­nous cul­ture and her­itage.

Ind­lamu is a tra­di­tional Zulu dance with moves that re­quire dancers to lift one foot over the head and of­fer a down­ward thrust of the foot in a pat­terned re­cur­rence of beat.

Ind­lamu is a Zulu war dance per­formed at wed­dings by two dancers dressed like Zulu war­riors.

Mean­while, Zuma’s new year mes­sage stressed that eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion and na­tion-build­ing would be the key fo­cus.

“We have come to the con­clu­sion of a fruit­ful and pro­duc­tive year. We moved a step fur­ther in fight­ing poverty, in­equal­ity and un­em­ploy­ment, as we con­tin­ued work­ing hard to­gether, to re­verse the legacy of apartheid colo­nial­ism,” it read.

AFRICAN PRIDE:

STRONG HER­ITAGE: Tra­di­tional dancers put on a good show to mark the be­gin­ning of the year and also pro­mote in­dige­nous cul­ture and her­itage.

NUM­BER ONE: Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma at the an­nual Ind­lamu, a tra­di­tional fes­ti­val of danc­ing held on Jan­uary 1 at Nkandla in KwaZulu-Na­tal.

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