Xigubo is a traditional dance from Mozambique which represents the prawns and colonial resistance in the country especially in the south. Mostly, is practiced in Gaza and Maputo, the dance has few practitioners at town.
The dance consists of alignment of dancers - in one or two rows, appropriately adorned with objects and skins fibers in the arms and legs, seed necklaces, among other signs, wearing kilts made from animal skins, which are accompanied by an instrument called xitlhango.
At the ends of the line made by dancers, generally, there are two dancers which "face." They have a role decoupled - aesthetic counterpoint - the dance performed by men.
It is a dance from Makonde community and is undoubtedly the best known dance and more widespread in Cabo Delgado, and their diffusion can go beyond national boundaries.
Mapiko, is a major traditional dances of Makonde, is practiced in the rites of initiation and compliance function dismal in case of death of the member of group or community. Is practice also in some ceremonies of investiture of chiefs.
The central element of Mapiko is Lipiko, the principal dancer and must necessarily be wrapped in swaddling clothes and masked. The mask, either can represent animal figures (rabbit, lion, dog, leopard, hyena), or human figure, which symbolizes the spirit of a deceased person to be invoked.
According to many surveys, this dance was born and developed in Lourenço Marques, now Maputo in 1950.
During the colonial period, the music groups and traditional dance only had the opportunity to demonstrate their dances, instruments, music and their variants in cultures carnival which occurred annually
The Dance Nyau was certified by the United Nations for Education Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) in November 2005, as a masterpiece of oral and intangible heritage of humanity.
The dance is the culture of the inhabitants of Tete province, which requires a lot of agility your dancer. As a tradition of the inhabitants of Tete, they are using certain symbols of their habits and customs, as maniqueira symbols that represent the raw material for making juice, sweets, alcoholic beverages and food.