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I was living on the campus of the University of Swaziland, working on a two-year contract to design and deliver financial management courses for the B.Com. programme. And so, on the 1st day of 1994, with a bit of quiet time available, I drove west by south about 40 kilometres from Kwaluseni to the village of Bhunya. It was here that I watched a competition by groups, each of four male dancers, in the dance known as the sibhaca. There was plenty of feet-stomping, and kicking high in the air to the appropriate background of music that included drums (itambula). You may note that all of the actors are male. Swazis believe it would be improper for married women to play a musical instrument, as such an occurrence would be indicative of an unhappy marriage, with possible desire for a different husband. I mentioned that each group consisted of four dancers, and I concede that for whatever reason I managed to include only 3 in the above photograph. Too much excitement I imagine! This is a scanned print of a photograph.

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  • Copyright: Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 957] (1979)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 1994-01-01
  • Categories: Festivals
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2019-02-16 8:48
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