Tsinyimba is the beautiful imbalu dance for Babuutu, Batiru, Babambo and Babukusu candidates. Tsinyimba is a word used to denote hand bells that candidates use to hit metals tied around their wrists to create a rhythm for dancing.
Unlike isonja dancers who use their feet to stamp the ground, tsinyimba dancers use the upper parts of the body to display the basic dance motifs. They shake their shoulders and heads in a pattern and with such enormous energy as they spread out their hands. They shake their heads – moving them to the front and behind. They move with the rhythm of Namwenya’s song – and finally kneel down while moving their backs up and down.