Nzale (Central African Republic: 1985)


Leonie Yangba Zowe


Distributed by: Cinematheque Afrique (Institut Francais)

Produced by: Participation Ministere Cooperation (France)


The folkloric group "Nzale," founded in 1979 in Bangui, practices a traditional dance called "M'baka M'Bokou," which means "strength" and is a symbol of victory. It is a battle dance: each dancer wears the skin of the animal he wishes to incarnate. One dancer stands in the middle of a circle and fights the other dancers who come to confront him one after another.

The word "Nzale" means "wild buffalo" in the m'bakala language.