Setapa Dance of Botswana

Dressed only in animal skins, the dance troupes of Botswana are usually an equal mix of men and women. Dancers wear shells round their ankles and some male dancers also carry whistles. The only accompaniment is the beat of drums.

Traditional troupes ensure that dance styles are kept alive, and the San dance style ‘tsutsube’ and Setswana or ‘setapa’ remain popular. The internationally known Mogwana, a professional dance troupe based in Gaborone, sets a high standard in terms of performance and adherence to traditional dancing styles.

 

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