Ulwazi Fieldworkers: July

This month our fieldworks have put their hand to a bit of videography showing the prominent role that song and dance still play in Zulu culture. Whether it’s to praise a higher power or a newly married couple, or simply for dramatic effect, singing and dancing features heavily in African celebrations. Follow the links below … Read more

The Zulu Shield

Anyone growing up in South Africa, and possibly even people from abroad, would easily be able to recognise the famous Zulu shield. Made from Nguni cowhide these shields are synonymous with Zulu culture, and even today form an important part of Zulu traditions. Originally intended for battle, the shield worked both on a physical and … Read more

Telling a Tale

Last month we put a link to an article about Keegan Baker, the young boy who’s become something of an internet sensation after a video of him performing traditional Zulu dancing went viral. Keegan is obsessed with anything relating to Zulu culture, but is particularly attracted to the dances, which form such an important part of … Read more

The Spirit of Dance!

Yesterday the King Shaka International Airport was alive with dancing and singing as a group of Zulu men and women welcomed a friend home! What a sight and sound Zulu dance is – with overseas visitors holding up their phones to photograph the spectacle, it really made you proud of South Africa and the incredible … Read more