The Lusata Traditional Ceremony of the Mafwe people set for 4th October, 2016

08 August 2016
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The Lusata ceremony in progression Picture Courtesy of the Mafwe Royal Establishment


The Mafwe people are set to host their annual traditional ceremony for 2016 on the 4th of October.

In an open invitation made available to The Barotseland Post, the Mafwe Royal Establishment wishes to invite all the Mafwe people of Namibia and their brothers and sisters in Barotseland and other parts of the world, to come to the 2016 Lusata Traditional Ceremony which shall take place at Linyanti Royal Palace on 04th October, 2016.

The Lusata traditional ceremony is an annual event that normally takes place every last week of September at the palace of their paramount ruler who must wield the Lusata, his symbol of chieftaincy. However, this year, the ceremony shall be held in the first week of October on the 4th.

The Mafwe tribe is originally found in both the Katima Mulilo region of the Caprivi strip, now Zambezi region of Namibia, and the surrounding border area of Barotseland, separated only by the colonial demarcations drawn in the 19th century. They share similar culture and customs with their Lozi counterparts of Barotseland; with a ‘Litunga’ who reigns and sits in his Kashandi, the current title holder being Chief George Simasiku Mamili.  They also speak the Silozi lingua franca.

Their women and their men adorn the Musisi and Siziba dress just like the Lozi of Barotseland.

Any attendee to this ceremony will be left wowed by their rich cultural dances and immaculate dress, making the Lusata traditional ceremony, therefore, a must attend event this year.

Top Left and Right: The current Litunga Chief George Simasiku Mamili in the Kashandi during the ceremony holding the Lusata, which is the symbol of chieftaincy!

Mafwe women in Traditional Misisi performing and singing songs at the ceremony

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