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LUDZIDZINI – Watching Inkhosatana Sikhanyiso’s solo dance yesterday took one back to Michael Jackson’s music video Billie Jean as the princess ‘moon-walked’ on the field to the delight of the thousands of spectators who attended the reed dance.

Billie Jean is one of Jackson’s hit songs and he executed the dance move live for the first time in March, 1983.
At exactly 6pm, the princess, who is leader of Imbali was called to perform and she danced to a previously recorded song which went ‘Uyinkhosi yohlanga sesibonga kuthula KaNgwane’.

What was, however, different this year was that the princess was not in her usual indlamu as she wore sidvwashi which is normally associated with older maidens.
The crowd was mesmerised as Princess Sikhanyiso continued with her robotic dance moves and she would also play with her dancing stick (sizeze) similar to the manner in which drum majorettes normally toss their marching sticks in the air.

Police and protocol officers were called to ensure that no other people entered the arena as the princess showed off her dancing skills and only Emakhosikati and King Osei Tutu II of the Ashanti Kingdom in Ghana were allowed to support the princess while she danced.

Princess Sikhanyiso also showed how flexible she was as she continued do dance and did back flips and also danced while she was kneeling.
Her sister Princess Temaswati, who was referred to as Inkhosatana YeNkabave, also wowed the crowd and she danced with one of the young princesses.

She and her entourage stood out from the rest as their outfits were spotted with sweet pink pieces of cloth which they also wore around their ankles above their emafahlawane.

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