Linah Lamula is a long standing staff member at Londolozi and one that a lot of you may know. For those of you that have not had the opportunity to meet her I am going to attempt to give a little insight into the Londolozi storyteller…
Linah has been with Londolozi for over 20 years and is an integral part to the Londolozi family. She began her story telling when she started Londolozi through teaching and eventually became the principal of the school for 19 years. She has the most incredible ability to relate to all ages, whether it be the toddlers in the Londolozi school, to the 21 year old camp manager, to the Londolozi guests, she will always have an incredible story to tell.
One of her favourite stories to tell is the one of the Shangaan tribe and culture. Without spoiling this story too much for our future guests who may visit the village with her, the only thing that I will touch on is that the Shangaan tribe is an incredibly small tribe in South Africa. The Mpumalanga state is the only state in South africa that it exists.
In the Shangaan culture singing and dancing is incredibly traditional and woman and men often tell stories through song and dance. This is also a way that Linah enjoys telling stories, she is one of the leaders of the Londolozi ladies choir and her voice can be heard echoing through the BOMA’s of Londolozi late into the night. She brings an incredible energy to the choir and is a key member, specifically in her dance, she is always the last choir member to leave after a performance, making sure that all guests can see her in action!
Linah’s interaction with guests does not end at her choir performances. As a Londolozi guests you are offered a tour of Freedoms way, where you are able to interact with the children in the school, visit the Londolozi Learning centre, understand the shangaan culture as well as see where the staff members live. This tour is guided by Linah and her stories can be heard by guests from all over the world. She has an incredible passion for life and we are incredibly lucky to have her at Londolozi! Thank you Linah for the stories!
Written by Kate Neill