List Of Traditional Dances In Zambia

What is a Traditional Dance?

A folk dance is a dance that reflects the life of the people of a particular country or region. Not all ethnic dances are folk dances.

For example, dances or dances of ritual origin are not considered folk dances. Ritual dances are usually called “religious dances” because of their purpose. 

List Of Traditional Dances In Zambia

There are many types of different dances used by other tribes. Kalela (lala tribe), Ngoni (Ngoni tribe), Nyau or Gule Wamukulu (Chewa tribe), Muchoma (Namwanga tribe).

Most people and tribes dance to cast out the devil or for personal accomplishment. Most dances usually have boys and girls.

What are the major traditional dances in Zambia?

Mooba is the main dance of the Lenje ethnic group of the Central Province of Zambia, performed since pre-colonial times.

It is also practiced in parts of Copperbelt and Lusaka Provinces, by both men and women.

How many traditional dances are there in Zambia?

Like many other countries of the world, Zambia has many traditional dances. In each province, there might be up to five major dances spread over several tribes.