Friday, February 6, 2009

Maduvha relegated Chief Thidiela

Im still mad after what Maduvha did to Chief Thidiela, it has really proven that when days are dark friends are few. It also manifested the fact that women are oppotunists and fortune seekers. It hasn't last long after the Club (black leorpards) relegeted on the PSL leage, that Maduvha also relegated Chief Thidiela. I find it distabing for us who were looking into their marige as something inspiring, it gets my blood boil when ever I think of marying.

Im not distorting the fact that Maduvha may have been wronged by Thidiela, but the fact remains that celebrities S.U.C.K.S. from now onwards Im my own guru, Im tired of being disaponted by people who do not embracy the venda traditional values. It is a shame that Thidiela couldn't manage his wife and the team, it is clear indication that Black leopards needs leadership as soon as possible if it want to be in PSL next season.

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The Domba
The Domba is a pre marital initiation, the last one in the life of VhaVenda. This rite of passage was attended by both girls and boys after each individual had previously attended other separated initiations dedicated to one’s gender : Vusha and Tshikanda for girls Murundu for boys (the circumcision done during this rite has been introduced by North Sotho).
Both girls and boys go through another initiation at the end of a one month seclusion period after their birth. Since the missionaries decided that mixing males and females in the same ceremony was immoral, only girls attend the Domba which has two main functions : teaching girls how to prepare themselves to become wives (birth planning, birth giving and child care, how to treat a husband, and nowadays teaching of AIDS risks...) ; and bringing fertility to the new generation of the tribe (anyone doubting the African beliefs can visit Venda and realize how well the fertility rites are working).The chief or sovereign will “call” a domba and preparations are made by the families for their girls to be ready and to prepare what’s necessary to attend the ceremony (entering fees for the ruler, clothes, bangles...).

In olden days girls used to stay at the chief’s place for the whole duration (three months to three years) of the initiation ; nowadays because of schooling girls only spend week ends at the ruler’s kraal. The Domba is not a tourists’ attraction but a ceremony with deep meanings, and it is not possible to witness many parts of it (teaching, ritual bath...). The public is only able to see the dancing which is the occasion for men to choose future wives for their nephews or sons...

The tshikona is traditionally a male dance in which each player has a pipe made out of a special indigenous type of bamboo growing only in few places around Sibasa and Thohoyandou (and which has almost disappeared now). Each pipe/player has one note only, and they have to play in turn in such a way that they build a melody.
The Tshikona is a royal dance, each sovereign or chief has his own Tshikona band. Tshikona is played at various occasions for funerals, wedding or religious ceremonies, this can be considered as the Venda “national music/dance” ; it is a music particular to VhaVenda in South Africa.

The Tshigombela is a female dance usually performed by married women, this is a festive dance sometimes played at the same time as Tshikona.
Tshifhasi is similar to Tshigombela but performed by young unmarried girls (Khomba).

The Mbila
The Mbila is played in the north of South Africa and more particularly by the VhaVenda. It can be described as a keyboard made out of a piece of wood which is the resonator, and with metal blades (made out of huge nails hammered flat) which are the keys.
While the Mbila is still widely played in Zimbabwe, in Venda it is only played by a few old people, who sadly notice that most youngsters are disinterested in their own culture and let it die. The playing of the Mbila is one of the most endangered Venda traditions.
The Venda style of playing Mbila is quite different from that of Zimbabwe or Mozambique. Even if some young people can still play the Mbila in South Africa, the traditional Venda repertoire is about to disappear for ever...

The drums
Drums are central in Venda culture (like in many other African tribes) and there are legends and symbols linked to them.
Most sets of drums are kept in the homes of chiefs and headmen, and comprise one ngoma, one thungwa, and two or three murumba. Sets without the Ngoma may be found in the homes of certain commoners, such as the doctors who run girls’ ’circumcision’ schools. Drums are often given personal names. Drums are always played by women and girls, except in possession dances, when men may play them, and in performances in urban areas, where men live together in compounds without their womenfolk.

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Venda was a bantustan in northern South Africa, now part of Limpopo province. It was founded as a homeland for the Venda people, speakers of the Venda language. It was declared self-governing on 1 February 1973. On 13 September 1979, it was declared independent by the South African government and its residents lost their South African citizenship. In common with other bantustans, its independence was not recognized by the international community. Being nominally independent it was possible to set up a casino which was done in the early 1980s, staffed in the main by British workers. There was of course no apartheid in Venda, leading to relationships across the racial divide.

It was initially a series of non-contiguous territories in the Transvaal, with one main part and one main exclave. Its capital, formerly at Sibasa, was moved to Thohoyandou (which included the old Sibasa administrative district) when Venda was declared independent in 1979. Prior to independence it was expanded to form one contiguous territory, with a total land area of 6,807 km².[1] Its stated population in 1991 was 558,797 (This was not accurate),[1] with the majority of Venda peoples in Southern Africa living within its territory. The state was cut off from neighboring Zimbabwe by the Madimbo corridor, patrolled by South African troops, to the north, and from nearby Mozambique by the Kruger National Park.[1]

The first President of Venda, Patrick Mphephu, was also a chief of the Venda people. His successor, Frank Ravele, was overthrown in a military coup in 1990, after which the territory was ruled by the Council of National Unity. Venda was re-absorbed into South Africa on 27 April 1994.[2]

In 1982, the University of Venda was established as an institution for higher learning for vha-Venda people.[5] Venda is divided into small areas, such as Mukhase, where pure water can be found running off the mountain. The area contains wild animals such as elephants, lions, and springbok.

Famous Venda people
Rudzani Ramudzuli
Ice p (Lusunzi)
Phillip Ndou
Professor Tshilidzi Marwala
Professor Mulalo Doyoyo
Joel Netshitenzhe
Alfred Lusunzi
Sidney Mufamadi
Cyril Ramaphosa
Thovhele Vho
Kennedy Tshivhase (self-proclaimed King of Venda)[6]
Mukoni Ratshitanga
Maduvha Madima
Mbulaheni Charles Mphephu
Mmbara Hulisani Kevin
Mbulaheni Mulaudzi
Stanley Liphadzi
Aluwani Dzhivhuho
Lusani Mafunzwaini
Re. Thivhilaeli Simon Nedohe
Lufuno Lefty Maphala
WMRD Phophi
SS Madima
Muleya Tshimangadzo
Muleya Shonisani (shaba)
Diniel Mambushu Mudau
Joyce Mashamba


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