INDLAMU DANCE – SOUTH AFRICA: The Zulu War Dance

Indlamu Zulu War Dance

Indlamu Dance is the Zulu War dance which originated in South Africa. Indlamu is a very high spirited and energetic tribal war dance form which come from the Zulu tribe in Africa. It is often performed in festivals and marriage ceremonies. Indlamu dance is usually performed on ‘drum based‘ music and the performers generally wear traditional Zulu costumes.

History and origin of Indlamu Dance:

Indlamu - a tribal Zulu dance from South Africa

It is said that traditionally this dance has been a major part of Zulu culture. There are several dance styles that the Zulu tribal community performs including Indlamu. This dance is mainly performed to the beats of the drum, and was once considered to be a form of war dance. This dance is usually performed by men during auspicious events such as marriages.

Costumes worn in the Indlamu Dance:

INDLAMU DANCE, SOUTH AFRICA

The costume worn by the performers (mainly male but not necessarily) is a very unique outfit which makes the Zulu people look strikingly impressive. The Indlamu dance costume includes animal skin, also called “Amabheshu”, headrings, ceremonial belts, ankle rattles, and weapons such as shields, spears, and knobkerries. The Indlamu Dance Costume is unique in itself as they represent the culture of the Zulu people.



Indlamu Dance Music:

“Percussion based” is the best way to describe the music used in this dance style. Indlamu Music uses various instruments. The essentially used musical instruments are different types of drums and whistles.

Training availability and the technique involved in the Indlamu:

Indlamu Dance, South Africa

In terms of technique, Indlamu dance involves a performer (male) lifting up one foot over his head, and then landing that leg firmly on the ground and at times falling backwards. Indlamu dance is usually performed in groups and at times a group member comes centre stage to perform his or her dance routine. As for training centre and schools, there are none available around the world since this “war dance” is mainly performed exclusively among the “Zulu” community in South Africa.

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