Umbrella dances

Umbrella dance was created by the localsas a protest against the royals. During the reign of the current Sultan,Africans were forbiddento wear the same clothes as royal members. The clothes consisted of a long tunic and tight trousers,also the use of umbrellas during the dry season was exclusively for royals. To mock the royal family, the locals created a costumemore elaborate, added a head dress with gold ornaments and created a dance for the royal family. After seeing the first performance the Sultan decided it should be performed only once a year, on his birthday. Only in the 1930's it started to be performed to the public; the name of the dance is known as MwanaWaNdege (bird's child).