African Secrets: The Nyau

African Secrets

by Video Promotions Zimbabwe Producer · Willy Memper Director


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This is the story of one of Africa's oldest traditions - Nyau dancing. This ritual exercise, which originated in central Africa is steeped in myth and mystery. Its practitioners are accused of all sorts of things, ranging from cannibalism to vodooism. These stories are not quite dispelled by the fearsome apparition and energetic dances of these dancers, also known as Zvigure.

In this episode, we got a rare chance to visit the peri-urban settlement of Epworth, where Nyau dancing is a common exercise. We were shown through the drumming, the singing, the dancing routines and the pre-dance rituals, which all added up to a mouth watering must-see video for all that want to discover Africa.

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