The Yao people of Malawi, though predominantly Muslim, observe a blend of spiritual beliefs, customs, and cosmologies that remain synonymous with their Bantu heritage. Initiation rites remain an important part of the Yao social order and are celebrated with ceremony and dance. Here, dancers celebrate Jando, the circumcision of young boys coming of age.
Music plays an important role in many African ceremonies. To hear a selection of music composed by local musician, Ajamu Mutima, using the voice, kora, thumb piano, flute, drum and other traditional African instruments, use your mobile device to scan the QR code below. For a free QR scanning app, visit redlaser.com or getscanlife.com. Mr. Mutima’s CDs are also available for purchase.
Simply click on the title links below to listen to each selection.