Vimbuza or Mashawe: mystic therapy


  • A.B. Chilivumbo University of Malawi



Dance -- Malawi, Dance therapy -- Malawi, Ethnomusicology -- Malawi


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




How to Cite

Chilivumbo, A.B. 1972. “Vimbuza or Mashawe: Mystic Therapy”. African Music : Journal of the International Library of African Music 5 (2):6-9.