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Ngoni

 

(also Angoni, Mazitu, Mgwangara), a people living in parts of Malawi (approximately 250,000; 1970, estimate), Zambia (approximately 100,000), and Tanzania (approximately 150,000).

The Ngoni are related to the Zulus. They settled in their present territories in the first half of the 19th century, when they fled northward from Natal. The Ngoni have lost their native Zulu language and speak languages of their neighbors (Nyanja, Thonga, Mande, and Swahili). They have retained traditional religious beliefs (worship of natural forces; cult of ancestors); some have become Muslims. The Ngoni raise cattle, engage in farming, and work on plantations where sisal, cotton, and other crops are grown.

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In fact, taking a new name is an important rite of passage for all adults among eastern Zambia's Tumbuka, Chewa, Ngoni, and Nsenga peoples.
He was particularly useful as an interpreter, especially when the mission made contact with the Ngoni people.
Mothibi stopped the clock at 10.46 and he once again share the track with the likes of South African Akani Simbine and Zimbabwean Ngoni Makusha.
Next, in Garana, we discover that Kouyate males specialize in the ngoni (a lute-like string instrument).
These are Salif Keita as the lead vocalist; Cheick Tidiane Seek and Idrissa Soumaoro on keyboards; Ousmane Kouyate and Amadou Bagayoko on guitars; Sekou Diabate on bass; Mahamadou (Pacheko) Bakayoko on drums; Modibo Kone providing additional percussion; Mamadou (Prince) Kone playing the calabash; and Samake Harouna on ngoni (a stringed bass harp).
Grammy nominated Mali band Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba, fresh from a gig at Stockton's ARC, will do the honours supported by Radio 2 favourites Me and My Friends.
The first point is that displaced Bantu languages such as Ngoni from South Africa to Tanzania and the Bantu Mushungulu from Tanzania to Somalia reveal insights into general language adaptation, and that the mixed Swahili varieties along the Monzambique coast also show a loss of a special contact situation.
Kouyate's instrument is the electrified ngoni. The centuries-old instrument looks like a hollowed cricket bat and sounds like a guitar or lute - and Kouyate wrings every conceivable sound out of it like a Saharan Hendrix.
During the inauguration of the Aspindale-based milling facility of $500 000, Ngoni Masoka, the Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, has stated that the parastatal wants funds in order to renovate its storage tower, its fleet and advance its Information and Communication technology arrangement.
SAN ANTONIO - Texas A&M sprinter Jessica Beard and Florida State jumper/sprinter Ngoni Makusha each won The Bowerman on Wednesday, given to the top collegiate track and field athletes in the country.
They came primarily from the Luba and Lunda tribes of southern Democratic Republic of Congo and northern Angola but were joined in the 19th century by Ngoni peoples from the south.
Besides the central kora, other traditional instruments were prominent: balafon, ngoni (prototypical calabash guitar), djembe and Senegalese sabar drums along with electric guitars, bass, keyboards and trap set.