Photos of Sibhaca dancing in Swaziland

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Sibhaca dancing in Swaziland

The vigorous warrior's dances known as "Sibhaca" are very popular in Swaziland and there are few festivities where the sound of the large drums,the clapping of blocks of wood and the singing that accompanies these energetic dances is not heard.

Young men's Sibhaca
Sibhaca in Mafutseni
Boys' Sibhaca dance
Boys' dance
Men's dance
Swazi Sibhaca
Men's Sibhaca
Accompaniment Sibhaca
Falling to the ground
Energetic dancing
Enthusiastic Sibhaca dance
Precision dancing
Young sibhaca group
Boys in action
Sibhaca in Motjane
Sikhondze's dance
Father and son
Boy's solo dance
Boy dancers
Father and son dance
Boys' Sibhaca group
Ready to perform
Young solo dancer
Dancing at St. Marks
Boys' Sibhaca
Little boy's solo dance
Boys' Sibhaca group
Falling after dance
Men's dance group
Sibhaca at St. Marks
National Sibhaca group
Sibhaca group
National Group performs
National Sibhaca performance
Zulu dancers
Group getting ready
Sibhaca dancing
Action dance
Sibhaca in Manzini
Young men's group
Boys Sibhaca group
Young Sibhaca dance group
Sibhaca in Mbabane
Vigorous stamping
Dancing solo
Vigorous stamping
Gama's solo Sibhaca
Vigorous Sibhaca solo

There are many groups in the country, of all ages, all with distinct costumes. They compete against each other: when different groups perform, they will be a judged on the style and precision with which they dance. It may be just for fun or during festivities; they may practice for the dance competitions that are often held as part of festivities like the Independence commemorations or the King's Birthday celebrations.

Those celebrations nearly always finish with lively Sibhaca dance competitions. The dancers move in unison, singing, brandishing their sticks and to the beat of the drums they lift their feet high and stamp vigorously. The dance always ends when on the last beat they all fall down: a fate they wish on their enemies. There are also local Independence celebrations and the King's Birthday celebrations, held in different parts of the country: an opportunity for local groups to show their dances. Young and old, they dance with great enthusiasm.

Swazi culture being such an important part of life, it is not surprising to see youngsters practising, carefully coached by the older people. So there are performances by school kids aiming to reach the same skill as, for example, the Swaziland National Team who give their massive and impressive performances during official festivities, dressed in kilts with the colours of the National Flag.

See also: Video of Sibhaca Dancing.