Kabwata Cultural Village is found on Burma Road, west of Jacaranda road in Lusaka.
The village consists of huts which were built in the 1930s and 1940s by the colonial government. The purpose was to house Lusaka labor force. The huts housed single men whose families were left in villages.
The government demolished most of the huts in the 1970s and constructed flats nearby.
It is true that, “a nation without culture is dead.” So, in an attempt to preserve the country’s cultural heritage and identity of the Zambian nation, 43 huts (rondavels) were saved in 1974. The place was turned into a Cultural Center. Artists from all over Zambia are now found here. This is one of the places you can shop the curios with an “African feel”!
The Kabwata Cultural Center is the place where you can buy cheaper hand-carved crafts and curios. In addition to buying hand-carved crafts, you can also enjoy traditional performances held on Sundays in winter. However, due to lower funding by the government the Center is in a poor state of repair.
Indeed, the Kabwata Cultural Center plays a role as one of the strong selling points for tourism in Zambia.
On 28th February 2009, I visited the village and met a Mr. Henry Siabbaba, a skilled wood caver, who assured me that if I wanted to, he would carve a life size portrait of me…
The pictures of the billboard showing the way to the village and crafts are below…