Bringing of the Beer
Where: In front of Mwata Kazembe's palace.
When: Friday at 8:00am to 10:00am
Seventeen different Groups of women arrive being led by their headman to the Palace to pour their homemade Beer into the drums.
Why: This tradition was started because after a battle or conflic, a celebration was needed so the making of the beer was introduced.
The village of Kazembe is made up of 17 sections some large some small, each having a traditional local leader called: A Section Headman or A Section Headwoman.
One of their duties during the Mutomboko is to get all the women from their section to make beer and then deliver it to the Palace on Friday the day before the Mutomboko.
Originally, people would enter into the palace to partake in the drinking of the collected beer, but as the population grew in the village of Kazembe, Mwata Kazembe 18th (Munona Chinyanta Kabosha) decreed that one drum would be left at each of the Headmans house for their section to drink from, but they still need to bring their portion to the palace for visitors and Chiefs to take.
How to make KATATA
(Locally brewed beer)
Satge 1. Take maize and take the kernals off the cob and put it in a drum with water for 3 days.
Stage 2. Take it out and put it in bags for 4 days until the kernals germinate.
Stage 3. Spread out on a surface to dry for 2 days.
Stage 4. Grind down to powder. (save a jar of powder for later.)
Stage 5. Heat a drum of water and when hot, mix the milled maize into the water until it becomes like a thin porage, pour into several drums for cooling for 1 day.
Stage 6. Mix the drums together into one and take a jar of that saved maize yeast powder and mix it in. then cover for a day.
Stage 7. Then filter the waist and serve for the day.
Mwata Kazembe XVII overseeing the beer. 1976
Drums of beer next to the Palace