Report - When Animals Sing and Spirits Dance - First Review

Claude Boucher Chisale’s account of Gule Wamkulu, the Great Dance of the Chewa people of Malawi, appeared in 2012. It is co-authored with Dr. Gary Morgan (the newly appointed director of the Museum of Texas Tech University) and Arjen van de Merwe (Photography).

The book draws on the remarkable contribution of many people, from Malawi and around the world, over a span of decades; and the result is a volume that is both original and richly illustrated. It is augmented by Kasiyamaliro.org, which describes over 220 additional characters and links to extracts from the accompanying DVD.

We are delighted that When Animals Sing and Spirits Dance has just received its first academic review, which is positive. Dr. Ibigbolade Aderibigbe professes at the African Studies Institute of the University of Georgia (USA) and his review for the Journal of Retracing Africa is available here).

The review is also posted as a .pdf file at the Weblog of the Southern African Province of the Missionaries of Africa and will appear on Kasiyamaliro.org in due course.

When Animals Sing and Spirits Dance is distributed (in Malawi) by Kungoni Centre and (outside Malawi) by Michigan State University Press. The DVD is available from Kungoni Centre.