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971. XIBELANI / South Africa

XIBELANI is an indigenous dance of the Tsonga women of the Limpopo province in northern South Africa. The name of the dance comes from the native Xitsonga language and it can translate to "hitting to the rhythm", for example, the concept "xi Bela ni vunanga". The name "xibelani" typically refers to

the dance style while the skirt itself is referred to as"tinguvu", however, the term"xibelani"is sometimes used to refer to both the dance and the skirt.