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Drum Rhythms from the Chisamba Dance of the Chichewa People in Malawi

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The rhythms seen on this video come from the Chisamba Dance which is a very popular dance among the Chichewa people of the Central Region of Malawi. It is performed during the female initiation ritual, which is the complement of the male initiation called Gule Wamkulu. It is performed by women, led by a senior woman, usually the Chiefs sister known as Nankungwi. Chisamba dance is also performed at the funerals of Chiefs and important individuals in the village. It is also common to find the Chisamba dance being performed for entertainment at important occasions.