‘Emotional’ Reed Dance for new Zulu king

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Zulu maidens attend the 37th annual Reed Dance at the Emachobeni royal palace in Nongoma on Saturday.
Zulu maidens attend the 37th annual Reed Dance at the Emachobeni royal palace in Nongoma on Saturday.

King Misuzulu kaZwelithini had an “emotional” Reed Dance as he honoured his late parents at the weekend.

The event, which was at the Emachobeni royal palace in Nongoma, was the first major traditional ceremony since the death of King Goodwill Zwelithini and Queen Mantfombi Dlamini.

Delivering the keynote address, King Misuzulu said it was an emotional occasion for him. He used the address to commemorate his parents and gave a detailed account on why they revived the Reed Dance in 1984.

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