Ceremony a unique unifying factor'
NHLANGANO - Amadou Traore, the European Union (EU) Charge D’ Affairs in Swaziland, said the reed dance was a unique unifying factor for Swazis.
He said he had been attending the reed dance for the past four years and was impressed by the turnout of maidens each year and the love and respect Swazis show to Their Majesties.
Traore was among the guests at this year’s Shiselweni Reed Dance held over the weekend at Mbangweni Royal Residence.
Princess Mantfombi, King Goodwill Zwelithini’s wife, was also present and she arrived on Friday with a delegation of over 200 maidens and warriors.
The event was graced by His Majesty, the Indlovukazi, Emak-hosikati LaMagongo and LaMahlangu, were among other dignatories.
"I have been impressed by the reed dance which is an interesting unique cultural event that brings Swazis together.
"I have been attending the reed dance at Ludzidzini Royal Residence in the four years I have been in the country.
"This was my first time atten- ding the Shiselweni Reed Dance, but I was also impressed by the turnout and the traditional songs and dan-ces.
"This is a sign that Swazis love their King and uphold their cultural heritage," Traore said.
Maidens from KwaZulu Natal, Piet Retief and Don-Don in South Africa joined thousands of local maidens and participated in this year’s event, which started on Friday with the registration process and on Saturday maidens, led by Inkhosatana Sikhanyiso and newly appointed Imbali leader, Nonduduzo Zubuko, delivered the reed in front of His Majesty King Mswati III at the Mbangweni Royal Residence.
The occasion ended yesterday on a high note after the King accompanied by Emabutfo did the famous ‘kudlalisela’ and thereafter posed for journalists.
Daughter to King Goodwill Zwelithini of the Zulu nation in South Africa, Princess Nqobangothando (19) from the Enyokeni Royal Residence, stole the show as she performed the ‘giya’ dance before Their Majesties. The visiting Imbali from South Africa was also given a platform to showcase their dancing skills.
Her Royal Highness Princess Sikhanyiso was not present during yesterday’s festivities.
The Inkhosatana was, however, present on Saturday and led maidens as they delivered the reed before the King and danced and sang despite the cold and wet weather.
In an interview, Minister for Home Affairs, Prince Gcokoma, said the event was a success and thanked chiefs and parents for allowing Imbali to attend the cultural event. The Imbali were yesterday also presented with packs of meat.
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