KuNgoni Centre of Culture and Art are in the Dedza district of Malawi.
We spent 3 days at the centre. They provide a wealth of information on Malawi history and culture.
A nineteenth-century Roman Catholic mission station that has spawned a museum of cultural history unsurpassed in the region and an organization for marketing the incredibly imaginative and complex work of local carvers and sculptors.
Mua Mission is found just off the the main lakeshore road, the M5. The mission is famous for the quality of the wood carvings produced (and sold) there. The standards are superb and the prices reasonable.
The KuNgoni Centre of Culture & Art was established in 1976 by a Canadian missionary Fr. Claude Boucher Chisale. Fr. Boucher has dedicated his life to researching, recording and preserving Malawian culture. The Centre has grown from an art co-operative to a vibrant cultural centre. It provides insights into the history and culture of Malawi through the Chamare Museum, the Carving Centre and the new Research Centre/Library. The museum describes the Chewa, Ngoni amd Yao cultures, their rites of passage, their interaction with one another and their encounter with Islam and Christianity. It also holds a unique display of Gule Wamkulu masks, texts and images and dances can be arranged.
The Cultural Programmes present a selection of traditional dances and songs from the Chewa, Ngoni and Yao cultures. These are performed in traditional regalia, researched and recreated by the Centre, making the performances authentic and true to tradition. The origins of each performance are interpreted for the audience.