Hoooriaaaahhh!!! the rallying cry of dinaka dancers reverberated through the village of Ga-Matamanyane in Moletjie, Limpopo as the country celebrated Heritage Day.

The celebrations were hosted by the Moletjie Traditional Authority under Kgoši Kgabo Moloto as part of the annual Moshubaba Heritage celebrations.

The event was graced by by dignitaries including minister of rural development and land reform Thoko Didiza and MEC for health Phophi Ramathuba.

Kgoši Moloto and the dignitaries used the event to spread the message of vaccinating against the corona virus. The royal leader spoke out against rumours that taking the vaccine led to the ‘falling of the man-switch’ (impotence). Ramathuba and her team of health workers set up a makeshift vaccination station at the venue.

But the day belonged to the various dance groups performing traditional dances such as dinaka, kiba and mampati to the delight of the crowds.

They pounded the cowhide drums and blew on the pipes; when the music possessed them they stomped the earth hard with their feet and rolled in the dust…

Lucas Ledwaba captured some of the magic through the lens

Kgoši Kgabo Moloto arrives for the annual Heritage Day celebrations at Moshubaba in GaMatamanyane.
Photo: Lucas Ledwaba
Calm before the storm as performers carry a massive cowhide drum in preparation for a spirited performance.
Photo Lucas Ledwaba
Mailwa o Fenywa dish out some moves. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba
Ageee ageee…a performer sings the praises of the Dikgwari traditional dance group.
Photo: Lucas Ledwaba
Hoooriaaaaaaah…a pre-performance recital gets the dancers into the mood, Photo: Lucas Ledwaba
Dancers watch a performance by another group as a form of showing support and appreciation
Photo: Lucas Ledwaba
A drummer at peace setting the rhythm, the pace and the beat. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba
Young dinaka dancer just having fun blowing a naka. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba

The department of arts and culture says about heritage: “Living heritage plays an important role in promoting cultural diversity, social cohesion, reconciliation, peace and economic development. In every community there are living human treasures who possess a high degree of knowledge, skills and history pertaining to different aspects of diverse living heritage. It is therefore important for South Africans to reclaim, restore and preserve these various aspects of living heritage to accelerate the use of living heritage to address challenges communities are facing today.”

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