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South American Country Where Kamba People Are Found

The Kamba or Wakamba are agriculturalist, music and dance-loving as well as Kikamba-speaking people of Bantu extraction living in the semi-arid Eastern Province of Kenya stretching east from Nairobi to Tsavo and north up to Embu, Kenya. The Akamba refer to their land as Ukambani; which is currently constituted by Makueni County, Kitui County and Machakos County.

Kamba women from Kenya. courtesy singingwells.org

The Kamba people in the South American country of Paraguay form two groups: Kamba Cuá and Kamba Kokue with the former being the most famous.They arrived in Paraguay as members of a regiment of 250 spearmen , men and women, who accompanied General Jose Gervasio Artigas, in his exile in Paraguay in 1820.The Kamba Cuá are famous for their African traditional ballet that is described as the "central cultural identity of the Afro-Paraguayan community".

An informal census in 2009 estimates there are roughly 422 Kamba Cua and 385 Kamba Kokue families left.

They have guarded their culture for close to 200 years and still practice dairy farming and agriculture on their small plots of land as well as perform traditional dances.

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Jose Gervasio Artigas Kamba Cuá Kenya Makueni County South American

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