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Umbondo

What does that word mena? did I even spell it right ? My cousin uhambisa uMbondo on the 26th at some place called eDlangubo…What I understand of it is that, she along with her sisters and female cousins and friends take a whole gang of groceries to the husbands family. While I am not looking fwd to the gqams, I do hope, this involves singing and dancing…on our part.

Now usually I’d be against any form of traditional singing and dancing, but I think I’ve changed my mind about it.I watched YoTV yesterday -Wildroom or something and their guests were this rap group, Cold something. The theme for the day was a cultural one, the presenters were dressed in their respective cultural numbers. At some point there was a dance-off btwn the guests and the presenters and one of the guys from the group tried to giya…it was pathetic, he didn’t know how to do it properly. It was shameful.I felt sad for all our cultures, because they’re disappearing before our very eyes.Why is it so hard to keep up with the technology \western culture without completely being sucked into it? why cant we be computer literate and business savy and cultural at the same time? why must we abandon our identy for it? And why is only black people that let this happen?

I mean, the Indians do it ! the Chinese do it! They live such westernised lives yet still maintain they’re culture.They got Zen gardens at their penthouse apartments!They eat their traditional foods! are proud to wear their gear and perform their rituals! why do we CHOOSE to denounce our culture, our identities for that of the west? why are we …no…why am I so shy to dorn my gear and sing our songs and do our dance?? why am I embarrased to do that? I’ve think I’ve lost my cultural identity in this quest to become a 21st century superwoman. It is sad. I’m determined, though, not to let “the quest” become me.

And so I will start with this….. I’m going to embrace this Mbondo ceremony and will do it whole heartedly, I will learn and sing the songs with all the might my lungs and diaphram will afford me, I will do the dances like I know they should be done, my leg not quite over my head, but I will try. I’m gonna have fun with it, I’m actually quite looking forward to it now.

3 Responses to “Umbondo”


  1. 1 matome

    In my opinion is goes along what Bantu Biko was fighting for, at least one of the things anyway. There was a concerted effort by the colonizers to make us feel and believe we ain’t shyte. And to a large extent, they achieved that. From mothers and fathers wanting their kids to only speak english: “don’t confuse the child, she does not understand that language,” to “i don’t wear traditional gear,” and “that traditional ish is backwards,” and “why u being so getto,” etc, etc. So ya, enjoy yoself!

  2. 2 C-dubb

    Okay 100% zulu girl! good 4 u ntombazane,so u’re sayin i shouldnt b fooled by th accent..lol..neway i thnk th reason why ppl readily shed their cultural bearings is tht,success in our lifetime is measured on sum1 else’s terms,we all followin foreign models of thnkng,living and socialising,i got in2 a heated argument wit a coloured friend of mine who has a penchant of deriding anythng 2 do wit black,she ws again on black men’s lack of etiquette,even th BEE rich ones hav no idea what fork is 4 what,thy dnt pull chair 4 their ladies at dinner tables..now i countered and said…sum of ths etiquette BS tht i know,tht my mother! taught me,i’ve neva seen my dad or granddad actually do and neva heard my granny moan bout it either,now ön th other hand sloh wil go around tellin her gfriends tht “tht c-dubb cat is a neanderthal who embarrased me at th michelangelo” thus u wil find folks “brainwashing” their kids wit western culture…check these lyrics frm Nas - black zombie…chorus “walkin talkin dead,though we think we’re living,we just copy-cat,followin this system (black zombies)” ….verse “aiyyo we trapped in our own brain,fcuk behind bars/we’ve already gone insane/they’ve alredi gave up,cut our own heads off/stab our own backs and dream too much/without fulfillin reality,too greedy ….cant have one or 2 guns witout squeezin em/ on our own people and,fcuk black leaders/cause whites got none leadin them”..”all get down and get up/victims walkin round wit down syndrome all stuck/faintin,shoutin,catchin holy ghost in church/scared to do it ourselves ‘less we c sumbody doin it first/we begged, we prayed, petitioned and demonstrated/jst to create another generation of black zombies”

  3. 3 Jabu

    Hi and thanx Londeka for bringing this up so far Im confused of the word and the culture of UMBONDO can somebody explain what is UMBONDO who must do it? from where to where? to send what? to whom? and why?

    And please will you explain what is the different between UMBONDO and IMPINDA? I am so confused I am supposed to send IMPINDA where Im married to.but what confuses me is that I need to send somethings to my inlaws what ?and in the side of my inlaws is there anything they need to give to my family where I came from what is it? What both family must do on this day to do this ceremony in the way the Zulus do. PLEASE!PLEASE!ANYONE I NEED HELP ASAP.

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