Tshwane Traditional Dancers (South Africa)

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Uploaded by RooneyProductions on Oct 15, 2008

Tshwane cultural troupe - Temba, South Africa

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This is so beautiful. I will be moving my family 'back home' within the year so I look forward to not looking at vids, but seeing and hearing first hand. Thanks for posting this most incredible showcase of pure African beauty , grace and song.
-saleader16

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Hello There :) Wonderful performance! I'm a tapdancer in the U.S and I'm looking @ you and it looks like you are tap dancing. Of course, tapdance comes from you :) TY for the beautiful sounds. Both dance & voice!
-AlwaysADebate

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Somebody pleas help!! What are they saying?
-okuomose1

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Thulamela.....

Translation: Go to sleep..

a lullaby for babies.
-Easternsu

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In the first part of the performance the lady just says 'Thulamela' but plays around with the word making it sound good.

In the second part it translates as follows{

Setswana: Ka swelwa ke mme, my mother.

Translation: Death took my mother, my mother.

Setswana: ka swelwa ke mosadi, stepmother.

Translation:Death took my stepmother, my stepmother.}
-Easternsu

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When I see this it reminds me of Willie Covan
-WaterJumping

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[In response to a racist comment]
The head dance instructor at MGM in the 1930s was Willie Covan. He was an African American. Shame on you Vojak3
-WaterJumping

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@Vojak3 You do know it was a black man that produced the ziegfield follies and
instructed many of the old time MGM dance acts. String instruments originated from South Sudan. The Dogons practiced sience long before Nasa and You need to stop race worshipping.
-WaterJumping

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@Vojak3 no they were SOUTH SUDAN, South Sudan aka Nuers Nubians. that is where stringed intruments came from. Arab is not a race of people they are mixed raced.
-WaterJumping

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proud ppl who kept their culture. happy to be african
-makilili2

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best dance i ever seen.. I love Africa
-viveck99

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Looks like some fly african tap dancing, i can dig it! peace from the USA
-streetnewz

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wish my dance and music wasn't taken away from me here in america...For some reason this makes me home sick for a home I will never be able to call my own. God bless Afrika!
-Lokoboy84

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@Lokoboy84

Honestly, it wasn't really taken away. A lot of what our ancestors brought here has come down through the ages also, with technology, we are free to regain all that has been lost
-fastone56

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@fastone56 please explain how I can get back to this...I have no idea where my ancestors come from in africa
-Lokoboy84

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i am african-american and bahamian and i am so VERY PROUD of my heritage. MOTHER AFRICA i wish i knew you more but seeing all this makes me realize how much more a role you play in everyone's lives!!!!! :)
-kbwester10

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Beautiful Africa! Where music,singing,dancing And rythem originated.
-MrPhilosopherNY

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traditional look like the people from sudan mountain  call him Nobi mountain this dance in sudan call cambela or kaerg) (
-jock123767

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SOOOOUUUULLLL TTTTRRRAAAIINNNNNNN
-AttilaThe1

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Thank you beautiful people from Tshawane Cultural Troup. Mesmerizing performance ! ! !
-meadowlarkable

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Indigenous people come up with all sorts of beautiful soulful stuff like this. I have seen some magnificent things here is the U.S. on the reservation during pow wows too. These people dont live by the time clock but instead their time to make beautiful stuff like this.
-meadowlarkable

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i miss home so bad, i miss home so bad. i feel so much like am in prison. God bless Africa.
-bigborn973

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It's very similar to Native American dances.
-nonyanb09

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plz allow me to explain: This group is performing a traditional Setswana dance, this type of music is enjoyed by Batswana people from South Africa and Botswana (really just one nation divided by colonial borders) at weddings and other jovial ceremonies. The members of the group look like school boys and girls who just enjoy traditional music, there's many like them in SA and Botswana. They are from Temba, a small town north of pretoria (also called Tshwane)

I know cause I am Motswana (from SA
-dipzy21

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I'm African-American, this was very beautiful. I really appreciate seeing traditional african dance and music, thanks for posting this.
-blissmermaid

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They all Nguni tradition are just beautiful!There is more to Africa than what meets the eyes!In fact it is very easy to understand and interprete African dance telling where the tribe originates,vegetation(coatal,g­rassland,forest or desert) and even activities under African tradtions&religions in DRAMA taught in most African Universities. It is interesting to learn Western phylosophy but quite intriguing to know study African drama which tacles the foundamentals of human existance thru culture!
-Beesahili

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Beesahili

NGUNI>!!!???!!!

this is purely Tswana cultural dance. not related to Nguni in any way.
-merikareimhotep

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While watching this, I felt as if I were one of the members of the group. I felt like i was home. Admittedly, I have never been to Africa, but as the song goes, "it does not matter where you come from, as long as your black, your an African". Some day, I will go home!
-mysticalchile

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Acapella is the best type of music
-TheStraw2000

Editor: A commenter asked why weren't there drums. Someone responded that drums may not be part of their culture.

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where did tap dancing come from...? gotta love being from the Mother Land.
-EEE89

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@EEE89 I was just thinking the same thing... I was a professional dancer for 19 years and can see the roots of many dance styles here in this clip - the first to strike me was tap dancing
-gangoolie68

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The dance is brilliant, but they better stop dancing on that cement, that dance was water down too
-Sabriyah21

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