Chairman of Malawi Chewa Heritage Foundation (CHEFO) Professor George Kanyama Phiri says all is set for this year’s cultural pilgrimage Kulamba ceremony.
Phiri told Nyasa Times that Chewas from Malawi will link up with millions of fellow Chewas from Mozambique and Zambia, in paying homage to the Gawa Undi, who reigns among the Chewas in the three countries, in a key annual ceremony called Kulamba to take place on 27 August 2016..
“Let me urge my fellow Chewas and non Chewas to go to Zambia and attend this year’s ceremony,” said Professor Phiri.
“There are several cultural dances that Malawians will perform at this year’s event,” he added.
Chefo chair said Malawi’s traditional dances to be showcased at the Kulamba ceremony include gule wamkulu, chitelela and mganda.
Malawi is likely to maintain its tradition of having the largest delegation among travelling guests to the Kulamba ceremony, since all the 137 Chewa chiefs from Malawi are accompanied by large delegations.
Phiri has since thanked various people for coming and assist the ceremony.
Some of the well wishers included, Vice President Saulos Chilima, MCP President Lazarus Chakwera, PP president Uladi Mussa, South African based billionaire Sumbi who comes from Mchinji.
Kulamba is a Chewa Ceremony in which Chewa Chiefs honour Kalonga Gawa Undi, who is also known as Kamphambe or Mwini.
During the ceremony, the chiefs brief the King on the situations in their chiefdoms highlighting major issues and developments.
hewas from Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia show their unity under their king, Kalonga Gawa Undi.
Assorted material and monetary gifts are presented to the king.
Kulamba is believed to have been started by Kalonga Mazizi who led the Chewa out of Congo to Malawi in search of a more peaceful environment in the 15th century.
They were fleeing from the brutality of King Mutanyamvi who started grabbing land and animals from his subjects to enrich himself.
The ceremony is held annually on the last Saturday of August at Mkaika in Katete District of Zambia at which the Chewa chiefs and their people from Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia and beyond meet.
Mkaika is now the official Chewa traditional headquarters.
The current Undi is number 26 in the successional sequence of Chewa kings. Different from other kings, he does not shake a hand unless he offers the hand himself. One is not even allowed to pat or touch him in any way.
It is a cultural routine that if you want to speak to the Kalonga, you attract his attention by clapping your hands and loudly speaking the words “yoo! Gawa”
Most of the times when in audience with Kalonga Gawa Undi, one sits on the floor unless Kalonga himself offers a chair. But if you are a Chewa, you are to insist sitting on the floor despite the chief offering you a chair.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :