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Kulamba ceremony Preparations in final stages

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Preparations for this year’s Chewa cultural ceremony, Kulamba, will be finalised this Saturday as organisers meet for the last time at Mkaika in Zambia before the ceremony takes place on August 26.

Coordinator for the Chewas of Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique Senior Chief Lukwa of Kasungu said chiefs and organising committee members are expected to take account of their financial and material contributions to the ceremony.

“Organising this cultural event does not come cheap. There is quite a lot that is needed in material and financial terms. This is why we expect chiefs to bring their contributions and gifts in advance so that we know the areas that still need attention,” Lukwa said.

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He said, at the meeting, chiefs will also be reminded about ensuring that they have enough food and other necessities for their subjects during the event.

Lukwa said the chiefs should intensify rehearsals of cultural dances because the organising committee will pick only the best dances to perform on the big day.

“In the final week leading to the day of the ceremony, the organising committee will be at Mkaika to vet the dances and decide which ones will perform before Kalonga Gawa Undi on August 26,” he said.

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The senior chief said leaders of the three countries, where the majority of the Chewas, settled are expected to attend the ceremony in paying homage to their King, Kalonga Gawa Undi.

The ceremony takes place every year at Mkaika, the headquarters of the Chewas.

Over the years, other tribes such as Ngonis, Lhomwes and Bembas have also been taking part in celebrating the event with their cultural dances.

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