Group Information

The Group Leader is: Atanas Teleni. It is a fairly new group, having played off and on for three years. They had unique drums, including small drums with wooden spikes on bottom to be embedded in sand, called the Siganga. They also had a pair of drums called the Likuti and a long drum called the Msondo, and a very long thin drum called a Neya.

In the dance they had a character in a mask called a Lipiko, who wore a vest called a Mjuga.

They played five songs:

  1. Malala Kujunga: Essentially means ‘be calm and quite, we are about to perform and need you to be quiet’
  2. Nchakacha: A dance with the Lipiko (masked character)
  3. Tumpete Mwana: ‘Soothing the baby’
  4. Apelambe: About a doctor who has all the medicines to heal, but the singer asks, why he couldn’t save his own wife
  5. Dede: ‘Grasshopper’