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Njelele not just a rain-making shrine August 23, 2012

by Hilary Mazinani — reprinted from the Chronicle Njelele, one of the oldest and most revered religious shrines in the country, has been at the centre of controversy over the past few months. The place of worship, located in the Matobo Hills in Matabeleland South Province, is usually visited at Read more…

Batshani Ndaba: Kalanga language on the move in Botswana August 9, 2012

By Kibo Ngowi  reprinted from The Monitor/Mmegi Online There is an old Ikalanga proverb, which says “lulimi tjilenje” (language is culture). This saying captures the centrality of a people’s language to their way of life. It is a point that is not lost on Batshani Ndaba. A veteran journalist and public Read more…

SK Moyo chides Chombo for addressing Plumtree villagers in Shona July 25, 2012

by Bulawayo24 Staff Reporter Zanu-PF chairman Simon Khaya Moyo last Friday publicly chastised fellow politburo member and Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo for addressing Kalanga-speaking party members at Madlambudzi Business Centre in Plumtree using the Shona language. Chombo, who was officiating at the installation of 23-year-old Thursus Ncube as Chief Read more…

Winani Winnie Sekani: Moroka Is Where I Am From June 25, 2012

by Bird Chan  — reprinted from iBotswana.co.bw Winnie ‘Marco’ Sekani is the third born of four siblings raised by a single mother. Though she grew up in Gaborone, she hails from the village of Moroka; north of Botswana. Not only is this young lady a proud Kalanga but she speaks Read more…

Hosana dance group to perform in California June 9, 2012

By Sesupo Rantsimako — reprinted from The Botswana Gazette, FRANCISTOWN: The northern Botswana based traditional group, Chelenje chengwao, which specialises in Ikalanga dance style, Hosana, has been invited to perform in California, USA next month. The group is set to leave the country at the end of June and stay Read more…

Kalanga woso dance receives new attention May 27, 2012

Matjinge Primary School in Matabeleland South was crowned the national winner of the Jikinya Primary Schools Dance festival in November 2011, introducing the traditional woso dance from Plumtree.  Now the dance is spreading and recently Amakhosi hosted an amabhiza workshop for teachers. The Amabhiza dance is actually called “woso” in Read more…

New book retraces the history of BuKalanga May 19, 2012

Reprinted from Bulawayo24News A young Plumtree author, Ndzimu Unami Emmanuel Moyo (born 29 Mar. 1982), has written two books chronicling the history of the BuKalanga people, a tribe existing in many remote parts of Matabeleland. Emmanuel said one of the books, The Rebirth of BuKalanga, traces the history of BuKalanga, Read more…

Makungulupeswa Adds Sports Wear to Clothing Range March 25, 2012

BY MOTHUSI JOWAWA —Reprinted from ibotswana.co.bw The popular Ikalanga Clothing line shot to fame in 2006 with a cultural preservation concept of the term Makungulupeswa Gear. The intension is to get the audience’s attention to the rich Ikalanga language spoken in proverbs, hence the term Makungulupeswa translates into proverbs in Read more…

Domboshaba calls for official use of Kalanga language February 9, 2012

BACKGROUND: In 2011, the Dombashaba Cultural Trust had requested that the ministry advise government to reintroduce the teaching of the Ikalanga language which was withdrawn in 1972.  The Ministry of Education contended that although all languages are given equal benefits by government, the recommendation would be impractical and unaffordable. This led Read more…

Renowned writer Marumo laid to rest January 24, 2012

Posted by Chenjenali Baraedi on the Voice on January 13, 2012 Hundreds of people thronged Minestone location in Francistown, to pay their last respects to well-known Ikalanga writer and pioneer of the Domboshaba Cultural Arts, Shadrack Shanganani Marumo who died three days before New Year’s Eve. 48-year-old Marumo died at Read more…

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