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Zulu Trivia Quiz

Zulu History and Culture

No, this quiz is not about the film called 'Zulu'. It covers some of the history and culture of the Zulu people.

A multiple-choice quiz by rossian. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
rossian
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
398,498
Updated
Mar 13 23
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
213
Awards
Top 10% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. Zulus are the largest ethnic group in South Africa but do live in some other African countries. In which of these countries are you least likely to find concentrations of Zulu people? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Pietermaritzburg is the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, but which city is, by population, the largest of the province? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Indlamu and ingoma are both examples of which Zulu tradition? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. South Africa's Heritage Day is held on 24 September, and was originally a Zulu ceremony to commemorate which king? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. The song 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' was an adaptation of a song written by a Zulu composer and musician.


Question 6 of 10
6. Amasi is a traditional Zulu food, or drink made by fermenting which of these? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. The 1879 Battle of Isandlawana saw a resounding victory for Zulu warriors against which adversaries? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. The izicolo is a type of hat traditionally worn by which members of Zulu society? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Which of these is the name of a traditional Zulu healer, skilled in the use of divination? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. The choral group founded in KwaZulu-Natal, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, came to public attention when they provided vocal backing to which American singer for his 1986 album? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Zulus are the largest ethnic group in South Africa but do live in some other African countries. In which of these countries are you least likely to find concentrations of Zulu people?

Answer: Ethiopia

The Zulus are one of the Bantu peoples of southern Africa, and became an identifiable separate group in the early part of the eighteenth century. They lived in the northern part of what is now called KwaZulu-Natal. At least 10 million Zulus live in South Africa (2001 census) with other countries of southern Africa having populations of a few thousand to under 500,000.

Ethiopia is located in northeast Africa.
2. Pietermaritzburg is the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, but which city is, by population, the largest of the province?

Answer: Durban

Using 2016 data, Pietermaritzburg is the tenth largest city in South Africa, while Durban is the third largest. Johannesburg, in Gauteng Province, has by far the largest population with more than twice as many inhabitants as Cape Town.

Pietermaritzburg was founded in 1838 and is inland, while Durban (eThekwini in the Zulu language) is a large port city on the Indian Ocean.
3. Indlamu and ingoma are both examples of which Zulu tradition?

Answer: Dance

These are just two of the traditional Zulu dances, with the ingoma having two versions. The isizingili is performed by girls and boys together, with a chanted accompaniment. The isishameni has boys and girls, but they dance separately with each gender clapping while the other dances.

Indlamu is derived from a traditional war dance so is performed only by men, who wear full ceremonial dress. These dances are frequently part of Zulu weddings.
4. South Africa's Heritage Day is held on 24 September, and was originally a Zulu ceremony to commemorate which king?

Answer: Shaka

Shaka kaSenzangakhona, also known as Shaka Zulu, was born in the late eighteenth century and was the man who brought together various African tribes as the Zulu nation. His reign lasted until 1828, when he was assassinated by his half brothers following his extreme, and cruel, actions following his mother's death.

The date of his death became a day of pilgrimage for the Zulus and was adopted by South Africa as Heritage Day in 1995.
5. The song 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' was an adaptation of a song written by a Zulu composer and musician.

Answer: True

You may remember that the song was also known as 'Wimoweh'. This is an Anglicised version of the words repeated frequently in the original song, which was called 'Mbube'. It was written in 1939 by Solomon Linda, a Zulu musician from Ladysmith. He was working in Johannesburg and singing with a band in the evenings. Pete Seeger rewrote the song as 'Wimoweh', a version of the original lyrics, in the 1950s. 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' was a further adaptation, often described as having been 'stolen'. The original composer received no credit nor royalties and died in poverty.
6. Amasi is a traditional Zulu food, or drink made by fermenting which of these?

Answer: Milk

Known as amasi in both Zulu and Xhosa, and in Afrikaans as maas, this is a sort of yoghurt, where milk is left to turn sour. The taste is said to be like cottage cheese, or a plain yoghurt and amasi is prized as having health giving benefits.
7. The 1879 Battle of Isandlawana saw a resounding victory for Zulu warriors against which adversaries?

Answer: British

This was one of the battles of the Anglo-Zulu War, when the British decided to amalgamate, by force, all of the disparate tribes of the region into one entity. The Zulus resisted this challenge, and won a notable battle at Isandlawana, before the British fought back. The Battle of Rorke's Drift was the focus of the 1964 film 'Zulu', starring Michael Caine and Stanley Baker.
8. The izicolo is a type of hat traditionally worn by which members of Zulu society?

Answer: Married women

Made from grass, held together by cotton thread, the izicolo was part of the Zulu bride's attire. It was sewn into her hair and removed only when it had disintegrated. The woman could then have her hair washed before the izicolo was replaced with a fresh version. In contemporary society, the izicolo is worn on ceremonial occasions.
9. Which of these is the name of a traditional Zulu healer, skilled in the use of divination?

Answer: Sangoma

Sangomas are just one kind of traditional healer, with the speciality of interpreting the imbalance between the patient and the spirit world which is causing the ailment. The usual method is by throwing bones which help the sangoma to interpret the messages from the spirits which the bones show. By contrast, a herbalist is known as an inyanga.

The other options are traditional healers from different parts of the world (South America, Australia and India).
10. The choral group founded in KwaZulu-Natal, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, came to public attention when they provided vocal backing to which American singer for his 1986 album?

Answer: Paul Simon

The album referred to is 'Graceland', and Paul Simon's decision to go to South Africa caused a great deal of controversy, since the country was still practising apartheid in the 1980s. Many artists boycotted the country at the time. Simon recorded in Johannesburg using many local musicians, including Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

The choir sang on 'Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes' and 'Homeless', with Joseph Shabalala, founder of the choir, receiving joint writing credits with Paul Simon. Whatever the rights and wrongs of the original recording, it gave the choir worldwide, and ongoing, success.
Source: Author rossian

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