Photo by Samora Chapman.

The Zulu Nation’s 200th Anniversary Celebration in 20 Powerful Images

Last Saturday, tens of thousands of Zulus from all throughout South Africa filled up Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban for the annual King Shaka Day (Umkhosi WeLembe) celebration.

This year’s commemoration marked 200 years since King Shaka founded the Zulu kingdom and 45 years since King Goodwill Zwelithini, reigning King of the Zulu nation, ascended to the throne. It was also the first time the event has been held in Durban, having previously taken place in KwaDukuza on the North Coast, where King Shaka was buried in 1828 at the age of 41.

In the series of photos below, Durban-based journalist and photographer Samora Chapman turns his lens on the Shembe Church community inside the King Shaka Day celebration at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.
Photo by Samora Chapman.

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