In this section, we’d like to present to you another important aspect of Angolan culture: traditional music and dances. Angola is a big country and is made of many different people, which make its culture particularly rich. Each area of the country has its traditional sounds and dance moves. As we meet them, we’ll present them to you here.
We want to show you one of the cultural pillars of Angola: the Tchianda dance/music.
Tchianda is a musical style and – at the same time – dance type, that has its origins in the Lunda-Tchokwe culture, one of the most widespread Angolan cultures. The region of Angola where the Lunda-Tchokwe is mostly from is the territory that, today, is occupied by the provinces of Moxico and Lundas Sul and Norte.
On September 18, 2012, the historian and Director of the Museum of Anthropology, Américo Kwononoca, affirmed in Luena, at the annual traditional Tchianda dance festival, that this dance isn’t simply typical of the Eastern regions of Anolga, but also of some neighboring countries, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia.
For this reason, we think it’s particularly important to show you even just a glimpse of what this dance is about.
We are working on a full article on the Cultural Group of Ganda, that tries to encourage people in Ganda (especially the youth) to re-discover their traditions, including traditional clothing and dancing. We hope to get the article published soon, but, in the meantime, we hope you’ll enjoy this video: