This study examined Sipelu music and dance among the Masubia people of the Zambezi region
of Namibia. The main objective of the study was to determine the meaning and beliefs attached
to Sipelu music and dance. It also investigated how Sipelu music and dance-related to other
Masubia cultural elements. The study, furthermore, explored how the Masubia people managed
to preserve and transmit Sipelu music and dance knowledge and practice within their
community. Interviews were conducted in the Zambezi region with four Sipelu dance groups
comprising group leaders, costume makers, song makers and dancers. Photos and video clips of
the singing and dancing were also taken to strengthen/validate observations. The main findings
reveal that Sipelu music and dance are social activities that takes place throughout the year at
different social gatherings in the community. The dance is performed by the dance groups for the
King at his palace or when he visits the communities in their villages. Dancing also takes place at
weddings, political rallies, beer parties or school meetings but never at a funeral. Each Sipelu
group composes its own songs, making its repertoire completely unique from the other dance
groups. The composed songs and dances symbolise unity, always addressing social issues in the
community. The songs and dances mainly express happiness, sadness, praise or social comments.
The dance groups admitted that Sipelu was slowly becoming extinct, hence their efforts to teach
the dance to school learners, as well as out-of-school youth. Although Sipelu is mostly practised
among the Masubia, it was discovered that the Mafwe people, in the neighbouring kingdom, also
practised the same dance. The study finally revealed that Sipelu was not just a dance, but a
significant, respected and well-structured cultural practice of the Masubia people of Namibia
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