associated with Malawi, in
the north of the country the Vimbuza is danced by
the Timbuka people. This is a
dance alleged to heal sick patients and is performed by
healers and witch doctors. Reports indicate that the Vimbuza is gaining in popularity in recent years and is
even being adopted by other tribes such as the Ngoni.
Ingoma dancing is
one of the most popular dances amongst the Ngoni people
of Malawi themselves and was originally performed to
celebrate victory in battle with male performers wearing
headgear and carrying a spear or club dancing in straight
lines whilst the women danced alongside singing and
clapping in support of the men's performance.
dances in Malawi include the more recent Kalele or Bewni
dancing developed during the world wars based on military
parades and the Indingala dance imported into Malawi by
the Nyakyusa and Ngonde people as they migrated there
Music in Malawi is
different from traditional African music in that it is heavily
influenced by its British colonial past as well as its African
roots in addition to influences from migrants travelling to and
from the country particularly during the second world war.