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The King Chief Mwata Kazembe

Mutomboko is one of the biggest and most significant ceremonies in eastern and southern Africa, although beyond the region it´s nearly unknown. It is held by the Luba-Lunda people from Kazembe state in Mwansabombwe/Kazembe, northeastern Zambia. People are coming from all over the country and even from neighboring DR Congo. Mutomboko is the war dance of the Luba-Lunda, danced by the king Chief Mwata Kazembe at the end of two days of rituals and paying homage to the ancestors, dancing and chanting. On the second day, before ging to the arena for the highlight, the Mutomboko dance, Chief Mwata Kazembe is donating food to the nearby Ngona River to honor two brothers who have died there. Afterwards, his followers are carrying him back to the palace on their shoulders.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2016
Date Uploaded: 09.2016
Photo Location: Mwansabombwe/Kazembe, Zambia
Camera: NIKON D3200
Copyright: © Ulf Krone