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THE MUTOMBOKO CEREMONY

During the inter-tribal wars, the Lunda won many battles and naturally, that called for merry-making and great excitement. Dances of victory were performed and songs of jubilation were sung. The Mutomboko formed the climax of the day when the chief dressed in traditional paraphernalia danced to the beating of traditional drums.

Mwata Kazembe XIV Chinyanta Nankula or Mwata ‘Tachililwa-kubaya’ was the first Lunda ruler to receive western education. He discontinued the custom that required each Kazembe to build a new house in the palace grounds, by putting up a permanent two-storey house, which he roofed with aluminium sheets. This became the permanent palace for the Mwata and his successors. Unfortunately, he did not live to enjoy the fruits of his labor. He died in October 1950, two days before he was to move into this house.
The Lunda Conquest
South side view of the Palace.
A new larger sitting room is being constructed and is almost complete. 
North side view of the Palace
You can wait here safely. Remember to take off any hats  that  you are wearing.
East side view of the Palace
This side entrance is the greeting room where Chiefs and dignitaries are invited.

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Summary:

During the last week of July, the people of the lower Luapula Valley in northern Zambia gather in the village of Mwansabombwe to celebrate their Lunda traditions and their paramount, Mwata Kazembe. For days prior to the main event, pubs serve bottled beer, much of it imported from nearby Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to quench the thirst of guests who have arrived in the hot, dusty village; women from different village sections deliver pots of millet beer to Mwata Kazembe's palace; and the youth organize special sports competitions and cultural events. Toward the weekend when the main festivities are to take place provincial, and on occasion national political and military dignitaries dressed in their suits and ties arrive. On Saturday afternoon, following the performance of certain rituals in the morning, chiefs, headmen, state dignitaries, and the villagers crowd together in a stadium on the outskirts of Mwansabombwe. A dignitary delivers a speech that highlights the importance of culture and tradition for progress, development, and national well-being. Listening to the national leadership's calls for the preservation of these traditions are chiefs and headman, who appear in the traditional Lunda garb of long imikonso skirts (sing. umukonso), leather inshipo belts and ututasa crowns (sing. akatasa). After the speeches, on the instruction of Mwata Kazembe, selected aristocrats and members of the royal family dance. The day's events culminate in Mwata Kazembe performing the Lunda dance of conquest, the Mutomboko.

Reigns of the Kazembe


Kazembe I               Ng'anga Bilonda                                        Ng'anga I (1710-1740)

Kazembe II               Kanyembo Mpemba                                   Kanyembo I (1740-1760)

Kazembe III              ILunga Lukwesa                                         Ilunga I (1760-1805)

Kazembe IV             Tchibangu Kanyembo Mayi                         Kanyembo II ((1805-1850)

Kazembe V             Muonga Kapumba Mfwama Kasawo             Muonga I (1850-1854)

Kazembe VI             Chinyanta Munona                                      Chinyanta I (1854-1862)

Kazembe VII            Lukwesa Mpanga                                       Lukwesa I (1862-1862)

Kazembe VIII           Muonga Sunkutu                                        Muonga II (1862-1868)

Kazembe IX            Kafuti Chinkonkole                                      Kafuti I (1868-1872)

Kazembe VII            Lukwesa Mpanga                                       Lukwesa I (1872-1886)

Kazembe X             Kanyembo Ntemena                                    Kanyembo III (1886-1904)

Kazembe XII            Muonga Kapakata                                       Muonga III (1904-1919)

Kazembe XIII           Chinyanta Kasasa                                       Chinyanta II (1919-1935)

Kazembe XIV           Kanyembo Chibu mbu "Chinkonkole"            Kanyembo IV (1936-1941)

Kazembe XIV           Chinyanta Nankula                                      Chinyanta III (1941-1950)

Kazembe XV            Brown Ng'ombe Chofwe                               Ng'ombe I (1951-1957)

Kazembe XVI           Kanyembo Kapema                                    Kanyembo V (1957-1961)

Kazembe XVII          Kanyembo Lutaba                                       Kanyembo VI (1961-1983)

Kazembe XVIII         Munona Chinyanta Kabosha                         Munona II (1983-1998)

Kazembe XIX                   Paul Mpemba Kanyembo                              Kanyembo VII (1998-
   
  
Other things to visit during the Mutomboko in the same area:
Ntumbachushi Falls
(20 minutes north of Kazembe)
Lumangwe Falls
( 2 hours north east of Kazembe )
Kalungwishi Falls
( 2 hours north of Kazembe)
Hotels to stay at during the Mutomboko:
For photos of the previous Mwata Kazembes Click here
For those who have google Earth, download these map points.
Saturday July 31st 2009
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London Missionary Society Ruins
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Seven Ceremonial events
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3. Shrine of Nakabutula
2. Installment of Headmen & Chiefs
6. Shrine of Chinyanta & Kasombola
7. Mutomboko Dance
Palace of Mwata Kazembe
3. The third Lunda-Kazembe capital was established by Mwata Kazembe Kanyembo Tshibangu ‘Keleka’ near Kasankila stream where he lived until his death. This was between 1805 thru 1850.

4. The fourth and present Lunda-Kazembe capital was established at the present site by Kanyembo Ntemena near Ng'ona river.This was between 1886 -1890 when the Luapula Valley was going through prolonged attacks from the Yeke under Msiri from Katanga. The prolonged attacks were initiated by kaindu mushimakakantu who wanted to take over the Mwatiship. Mwansabombwe the capital of the Luunda-Kazembe was and still remains the seat of the Lunda dynasty in Luapula Valley to this day.

Statue of Mwata Kazembe XIV located at a round about in Kazembe.
Origin and Significance

Mutomboko means a dance of victory. In narrating the origin and importance of Mutomboko, one has to link this important ceremony with days when the Lunda crossed over the Luapula river from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into Zambia, fighting their way through and in the the process conquering weaker and smaller tribes. It has been recorded in several history books that the Lunda crossed the Luapula river into Zambia near Chief Matanda's village of Mansa District.
There are seven different traditional events that happen during the Mutomboko ceremony.

1. The bringing of beer and the journey to the battle ground of Ketele--Time:8am to 12am--Date Last Friday of July each year.

2. The installment of new headmen or Chiefs--Time: 4pm to 6pm -- Date: Last Friday of July each year.

3. The visit to the shrine of Nakabutula--Time: 10am to 10:30am --Date: Last Saturday of July each year.

4. Meeting the Ancestral Mwatas and receiving their blessings--10:30am to 11am--Date: Last Saturday of July each year.

5. Giving reverence to the Animal spirits--11am to 11:15am--Date: Last Saturday of July each year.

6. The visit to the shrines of Chinianta and Kasombola--Time: 11:30am to 12:30am --Date: Last Saturday of July each year

7. The Mutomboko dance--Time: 1:30pm to 5pm -- Date: last Saturday of July each year.

We encourage each of our visitors to come to all seven events to experience the full rich Lunda history. To view pictures,directions and walk thru's for each event that you are interested in, click on the photos below.
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5. Blesssings to the animals
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1. The first Lunda-Kazembe capital was established by Kanyembo Mpemba Mwata Kazembe II after crossing the Luapula river into Zambia from Kola in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The capital was built near Chief Katele's Village, a Shila Chief who had surrendered to him. This was between 1740 and 1760. This area is now under Chieftenes Kanyembo who is the subject of Mwata Kazembe. Katele is now the burial site for the Mwatas. Katele is now the burial site attendant.

2. The second Lunda-Kazembe Capital since crossing the Luapula, was established near Lake Mofwe (in Nchelenge Boma), by Mwata Kazembe Ilunga Muonga Lukwesa between (1760-65) and 1705.
Sites on Which Lunda-Kazembe Capitals were Built
Picture of Mwata Kazembe's second capital today
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All about the current Mwata Kazembe click here
All about the Lunda hierarchy click here
Directions to the Mutomboko Ceremony Click here
All about the Royal Musicians click here
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1. Battle ground of Ketele
Lukwesa Mpanga was deposed after short reign in 1862 but returned 10 years later retaining his original title of Mwata Kazembe VII (1872-1886).
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