President Lungu at Swaziland’s Umhlanga Reed Dance in Pictures

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President Edgar Lungu and his entourage were guest of King Mswati at The Umhlanga Reed Dance is a traditional dance and ceremony this year.

The ceromony is where up to 40 000 Swazi maidens gather and dance for the Queen Mother. This Swazi cultural event is performed as a tribute to the Royal Family and dates back centuries in time.

Taking place over a week, normally the last in August, it is largely private, however its final two public days (normally a Sunday and Monday) are a spectacle that is unrivalled in Africa today.

Thousands upon thousands of maidens dress up in brightly coloured attire and sing, dance together as they deliver the reed or umlanga to the Royal Residence. The ceremony of is used as an opportunity of bonding with girls of similar ages from across the country.

he King sometimes makes use of the occasion to publicly court a prospective fiancee.

President Lungu and a team of his State House Advisors
President Lungu and a team of his State House Advisors

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and King Mswati III watches the annual reed dance at Ludzidzi arena in Swaziland on Monday,September 3,2017. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2017
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and King Mswati III watches the annual reed dance at Ludzidzi arena in Swaziland on Monday,September 3,2017. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2017

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and King Mswati III watches the annual reed dance at Ludzidzi arena in Swaziland on Monday,September 3,2017. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2017
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and King Mswati III watches the annual reed dance at Ludzidzi arena in Swaziland on Monday,September 3,2017. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2017
Part of President Lungu’s entourage

Minister Lucky Mulusa
Minister Lucky Mulusa
Special Assistant to the President for Political Affairs Kaizar Zulu at the Reed dance in Swaziland
Special Assistant to the President for Political Affairs Kaizar Zulu at the Reed dance in Swaziland
Freedom Sikwazwe
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and King Mswati III watches the annual reed dance at Ludzidzi arena in Swaziland on Monday,September 3,2017. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2017
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and King Mswati III watches the annual reed dance at Ludzidzi arena in Swaziland on Monday,September 3,2017. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2017
President Lungu being interviewed while Kaizer Zulu listens
President Lungu being interviewed while Kaizer Zulu listens
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and King Mswati III shares a light moment during the annual reed dance in Swaziland on Sunday,September 3,2017. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2017
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and King Mswati III shares a light moment during the annual reed dance in Swaziland on Sunday,September 3,2017. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2017
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and King Mswati III shares a light moment during the annual reed dance in Swaziland on Sunday,September 3,2017. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2017
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and King Mswati III shares a light moment during the annual reed dance in Swaziland on Sunday,September 3,2017. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2017
Swazi maidens gather and dance for the Queen Mother.
Swazi maidens gather and dance for the Queen Mother.
Swazi maidens gather and dance for the Queen Mother.
Swazi maidens gather and dance for the Queen Mother.
Minister Lucky Mulusa
Minister Lucky Mulusa
Some of President Lungu’s entourage at the Reed Dance Ceremony
Swazi maidens gather and dance for the Queen Mother.
Swazi maidens gather and dance for the Queen Mother.

77 COMMENTS

  1. Well, some people call it culture or unrivaled ceremony, or tourism or whatever. To me this is some of the worst and disgusting visuals of old men I have ever. They are pathetic and am sure Mushota will ask for a bucket to throw up in.

    Maybe I live in a glass house too and should not throw stones, especially when we have those old women at Ncwala ceremony half naked

    All the same those parts of the ceremonies are disgusting and they better modernise them please and cover up please

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    • President Mwanawasa was at same ceremony in 2007 and he did not embarrass the us the way Edgar Lungu has

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    • they are all a bunch of criminals.they just went there to see half naked women and drink Jameson ba pompwe…lol

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    • KIKIKIKI, Jonathan has a HAIRLESS Chest & Man-Boobs = Low Testosterone = Low Libido.

      No wonder this man reacts like a woman to opposing views. No wonder he’s so obsessed with recognition.

      I hope the madalas condomized coz it’s NOT fair that they infect the virgins with their matenda.

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    • @Nostradamus
      Boi, from all these years I have been drinking with you, I have Never seen you take off your shirt pa baiche, showing lufumo… No! But Edgar has shocked me, beyond any words .. Lufumo shuwa pa baiche…. Now I believe you when you said Edgar takula bwino

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    • it is part of our African culture so why condemn or try to modernise? This is the dressing that befits our tropical climate unlike the suits and coats you wear. These pics are far more dignified than the FKK (naturism), CSD and so-called Love parade nudeness displayed in Germany.

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    • What is to cover up? I’m very sure you mean to wear what the white man does. Why cant I cover up my own way as an African?

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    • Nakedness is in your mind. Before the white man came, this was your dress code. So stop being s i l l y!

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    • @Ndobo, man am in shock on Edgar’s behavior this year. Our Friend needs psychological help.
      Look at Kaiser, so dirty, how can you drink wi

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    • SOME OF THE MOST EXCELLENT AND WONDERFUL PICTURES I HAVE EVER SEEN. PLEASE, LET’S ENCOURAGE CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS IN SFRICA SO THAT AFRICAN COUNTRIES CAN RESTORE OUR AFRICAN HERITAGE AND BE PROUD OF OUR AFRICAN CULTURES. THIS IS THE REAL AFRICA.

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    • Disgusting! Old fat men should cover their bodies. Will they parade me when the princess is getting married? Worst of African culture that should not be celebrated. Africa has rich culture but this not not one of them! This is why animals think they can **** young girls. This is disgusting!

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    • LMAO..Boobs on men are as a result of the decreasing testosterone- a hormone that stimulates development of male secondary sexual characteristics, produced mainly in the testes, but also in the ovaries for women and adrenal cortex. Thes chaps can only manage one round a week…eco banwina umtototo and then die on top with high blood pressure

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  2. I was hoping to see more of the reed dance maidens than the pot bellied, large breasted males displayed. There’s very little in the way of Reed Dance Photos and what is shown may well have been taken at the Inter Continental Hotel

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    • HIV mandatory test especially Chakolwa Kadansa Lungu and his wako ni wako criminal Kaizer Zulu…

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  3. What a share worst of our tax money.They are all a bunch of criminals.they just went there to see half naked women and drink Jameson ba pompwe…lol

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  4. As a fully fledged member of the African DICTATORS CLUB I am sure Lungu enjoyed having a holiday with one of the most corrupt and greedy heads of State in Africa. While Maswati has dozens of wives that each have huge houses, lots of flashy cars and bodyguards and servants, the rest of the people struggle for enough food to eat and die of AIDs. This is really the enslavement of a whole country just for the benifit of one man – Maswati.

    It that what Lungu aspires to? Are his heroes and role models Mugabe, Museveni and Maswati?

    A real DEMOCRAT would condemn the exploitation of the Swazi people and their lack of freedoms and basic rights. And boycott such events. But Lungu is too dull to understand that.

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  5. Comments coming from the bloggers shows how backward some people are, whites walk with pants at the beaches and no one blames them.
    Our able Leaders wants to sell one of rich cultures you are busy condemning them, wise up men. Drop the blame culture and learn to appreciate what other people do. Its one of our rich cultures still celebrated by our own and you want them to change it to what?
    Those of you in diaspora as can be seen by the flags were you are sending messages from are fearing to blame the whites you have even opened full naked beaches and hotels, one of the female journalist is been shown on the sun newspaper full naked doing all sorts of antics and non of you is blaming that for fear of been deported. Grow up and appreciate / promote your on cultures wherever you are…

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    • @ observer yes whites walk in short pants and bikinis but they are not on parade like cattle for a randy old man to choose as wife number sixteen. here in Zambia the first lady is going around to stop child marriages and her husband is going to attend the very thing his wife is trying to stop here. Where is the credit here?

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    • Is this Zambian culture? You are just a scumbag! Your government has banned child marriage and your scumbag leader is promoting it elsewhere. Get out of here!

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    • @Observer: Diasporan minds are colonised. They do things to appease the white masters; When daddy whiteman approves of something, then it is good to them. Their minds have been conditioned to see most things African as bad. While most western politicians are having orgies with young “models”, a traditional ceremony such as this in their skewed minds is unnecessary. That’s why they choose to be fringe citizen in foreign lands than developing theirs.

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    • Whites dress in pants and bikins in their spare time and at their cost it’s real a big cost to the nation to give leadership to under achievers.Toll gates money used for game viewing.

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    • Africans dont want to be identified with their cultures. They consider their culture as backward because that was what the c oloniser inculcated into their minds so he could oppress and exploit them. They never come out to defend their cultures all the time defending white culture as if they invented it. They never think about what they have adopted from the whites as long as it is European it is considered Modern. They never realise they are under thought control

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  6. There is Lazy Lungu ..wasted jet fuel for this …am sure its his boss RB who told him to visit…what a useless man he is

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  7. I’m sure these guys are given young girls to shag it’s a shame really we have useless leaders no wonder young girls and boys are having sex parties in Lusaka luck of leadership

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  8. I dont see the witch Wina in this. Or is she dancing somewhere else? Shame on this man Lungu who you all call a President. He has forgotten all the dignity that goes with the head of a State.

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    • The Lazy moron sent 4 days in Swaziland…when Zuma came for the show he jetted in Lusaka same day was back in RSA and his country is better off economically.

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  9. Is Findlay a government official? Why are Zambians so docile to allow such abuse of meagre resources? What benefit will those malnourished kids in UTH and and other hospitals getting from these foreign trips? Wasting resources is criminal. Kick out these impis before you become another basket case.

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  10. It’s becoming increasingly difficult for me to defend my president ECL. Do you honestly need 4 days to open a trade fair and witness the so called reed dance in Swaziland? Disappointed!!

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  11. I am one hundred percent sure someone got himself a second wife. it is cultural under the instruction of the King

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  12. There is something about these pics that is not pleasing to the eye. Firstly you have the whole year to plan and work out if you are going to parade your body like this. Also all of these men need bras and really such bodies should remain in the bedroom or within four walls.

    Please stop comparing the beach and these pics. You are at the beach to swim and therefore showing a torso is acceptable. This is wrong especially since its Swazi culture and not Zambian.

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    • Its not pleasing to your eye because you ve been brought up covering yourself in a certain way. This certain way is the way the coloniser introduced his type of clothing to you. Since then you ve taken this as the NORMAL way of covering oneself. Much as you may not agree or like this, You are being dictated to by Europe. These are silent rules that dictate your life from London, New York Paris. Swazi Culture is not isolated from Zambia. There are the Ngoni who include Lungu in Zambia who share their culture with the Swati.

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  13. This is very bad for us, HH detained, Masebo raped, GBM poisoned and our president is gallivanting like this for 4 days and nights, what a shame, I and all my household henceforth resign from PF.

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  14. These criminals will one day be made to account for all this wastage of public finances. They fly to Swaziland just to display their constipated tummies and half nakedness.

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  15. This is the worst kind of mismanagement of tax payers money by these pumped up dim wits . How is this trip going to benefit the people of Zambezi who have not seen piped water from a tap since pre independence times .

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  16. personally, I don’t condemn the attire itself because it suits the occasion..However, what benefits does this attendance bring to the country and who is that Kaiza??

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  17. When people ask me ‘Bushe walimonapo ichifuba nomutoto wa kwa edgar?’ I will be saying in affirmative ‘YES!’

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  18. It’s shameful to be parading half naked before teenagers and ogling their succulent boobs. This bunch of lecherous old men are really shameless.

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    • They are not half naked. Naked according to who? You are obviously using the white man’s definition of naked on a culture that is independent. How we dress should not be influenced by invading cultures. We must emancipate ourselves from mental slavery

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  19. Our poor economies are naked with low production ,poverty and joblessness.When are we gonna dance about that?

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  20. Its a big shame for Freedom Sikazwe to show such a big tummy. Kaizer Zulu worse he was exposing unspeakables. What a shameless entourage!!!

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  21. Im not an admirer of these two dictators but Swazi culture is exhbibited wonderfully! I love that dress. Why dont they popularise it?

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  22. Nothing wrong with nudity! It was there in the garden of Eden but the residents were not ashamed. Why should we make such a big deal of this?

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  23. Nothing wrong with nudity but don’t be fooling us that you are going for business when we all know that you are just travelling for personal issues. Wasting country money

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  24. Why would any young woman want to marry a fat smelly old man with grey hair and man breasts Ugly men! Where are the athletic handsome black men with six pack and muscles?

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    • Every Jim and Jack knows that young women do not marry those fat bellied men, they marry their wealth and comfortable lifestyle!

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