Posts Tagged ‘pantsula’

It’s more than just matching outfits, fancy footwork and township music. Pantsula is a way of life and a cultural movement that, through dance, can convey the movements of a nation. For dancer Ayanda Nondlwana, it’s also a way of connecting with his fellow performer and best friend, who died six months ago.

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Arts journalist Adrienne Sichel says pantsula is “very much an urban South African dance form”. Pantsula is the language of the township. Complicated rhythmic formations, gangster swagger and tsotsitaal (scamto) make up the vocabulary of this edgy dance form. Dressed in Converse All Star sneakers, the Poetic Ankles Mapantsula group showcase their fast-paced and complicated pantsula routines in Dlala Majimbozi. The group, part of the Ikhaya Theatre Company, is the oldest pantsula group in Grahamstown.

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