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Music of Swaziland
The African nation of Swaziland, located in between South Africa and Mozambique, is an ancient land dominated by the Swazi people. They are known for a variety of folk music, as well as modern rock, pop and hip hop.
The two biggest ceremonies in Swaziland are Incwala , which takes place in December, and Umhlanga, which takes place in August. Umhlanga features a dance unique to Swazi women, who cut reeds as part of the five-day ceremony. There is also music for harvesting, marriages and other events. Traditional instruments include the kudu horn, calabash, rattles and reed flute .
Beginning in the 1990s, Swaziland became host to a burgeoning hip hop scene, led by bands like Vamoose . Neighboring South Africa has provided some of the impetus, since various kinds of hip hop are very popular there.
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