Vimbuza or Mashawe: mystic therapy

  • A.B. Chilivumbo University of Malawi
Keywords: Dance -- Malawi, Dance therapy -- Malawi, Ethnomusicology -- Malawi

Abstract

Malawi is remarkably rich in traditional dance varieties. In a country with a population less than a third that of New York or London City there are well over 60 different kinds of dances. Dancing, one might say, is a nerve centre of the rural Malawi life where it serves multi-functions. These functions range from joy to hate. People dance for both joy and grief. There is an array of dances for work; hate; prosperity; praise; socialisation and invitation; entertainment; grief and for healing. Some dances have multiple roles and functions such that one dance may serve different purposes to the dancers, the organisers and the spectators
Published
1972-08-01
How to Cite
Chilivumbo, A. “Vimbuza or Mashawe: Mystic Therapy”. African Music: Journal of the International Library of African Music, Vol. 5, no. 2, Aug. 1972, pp. 6-9, doi:https://doi.org/10.21504/amj.v5i2.1413.