Malopo are ancestors in KheLobedu a language spoken in and around Tzaneen by the people of Rain Queen Modjadji. Malopo are associated with people that do a particular dance in gathering known as Thokola. They will dance at this gathering for two nights, without eating. Lilopo is a person a dancer in this particular dance / ritual , we find out more about this ancient tradition,
During the Tholoka, a Lilopo dancer will start a song using an instrument known as Tshele, pass it on to the singers before proceeding to the dance floor to dance. It is believed that these dancers receive a visit from the ancestors before the dance, so in essence what they are doing is an ancestral dance. Unlike Sangomas, most Malopos are not healers, but are dancers that have been chosen by their ancestors as the ones to dance. This kind of dance can only be associated to ancestors, so it can not be practice by anyone else. When person receive a calling to be Lilopo they will be taken to a Sangoma to learn the dance, if it happens that the ancestor was a healer they also be require to be healer, but if their ancestor was not a healer they will also not not be a healer.