Byo to host own Reed Dance

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THE King Loben­gula Royal Trust is set to hold a reed dance in Bu­l­awayo be­tween Au­gust and Septem­ber to pro­mote tra­di­tional cul­ture.

The reed dance is com­mon among Nguni cul­tures in Eswa­tini and South Africa where vir­gins walk around bare breasted car­ry­ing reeds.

The dance, which cel­e­brates wom­an­hood, is not com­mon in Zim­babwe.

In an in­ter­view, King Loben­gula Royal Trust spokesper­son Prince Zwide Khu­malo said the coun­try’s reed dance is meant to pro­mote cul­tural prac­tices.

He said they de­cided to come up with the idea af­ter re­al­is­ing that the girl child was lack­ing proper groom­ing at home.

“We are go­ing to have a reed dance in the cul­tural months of Au­gust and Septem­ber. We are go­ing to model it to suit morale ex­pec­ta­tions of all Zim­bab­weans and the Nde­bele peo­ple in par­tic­u­lar. We re­alised that most of the girls lack proper groom­ing and the event will have el­ders in so­ci­ety who will mould th­ese young girls,” he said.

Prince Khu­malo said on the side­lines of the reed dance there will be a health well­ness cam­paign.

He said the Trust was cog­nisant of the fact that in some Nguni cul­tures, a vir­gin is mar­ried off dur­ing such events but they won’t be mar­ry­ing off any woman.

“We want to pro­mote women and girl child is­sues. We know that with mod­ern so­ci­ety, some of the girls may not be com­fort­able walk­ing around bare breasted. So we are con­sid­er­ing that those who will not be com­fort­able can over their breasts. The vir­gins will carry the reeds while other young women who are not mar­ried and not vir­gins will carry brooms,” said Prince Khu­malo.

He said they were look­ing for part­ners to make the event a suc­cess.

Prince Khu­malo said they have al­ready en­gaged with other Nguni groups from South Africa to en­sure a suc­cess­ful or­gan­i­sa­tion of the event.

He said they will hold a pre-reed dance sem­i­nar where they will in­vite pan­el­lists to dis­cuss is­sues to do with con­sti­tu­tion­al­ism and the monarch.

“To de­lib­er­ate on mat­ters to do with con­sti­tu­tion­al­ism and king­ship, we have in­vited renowned cul­tur­al­ists, his­to­ri­ans and lawyers to be part of a panel that will give us in­sight on the is­sue,” said Prince Khu­malo.—@ nqot­shili

Maid­ens at a Reed Dance

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