A SELECTION OF TRADITIONAL DANCES FROM THE NILE VALLEY

The Royal Bwola dance for the Acoli
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Culture is one of the most important aspects of civilized people. In his books: “Towards the African Renaissance: Essays in Culture and Development, 1946–1960” and “The Cultural Unity of Black Africa: The Domains of Patriarchy and of Matriarchy in Classical Antiquity”, Cheikh Anta Diop states clearly that Africans have a lot in common culturally. This cultural commonality, he suggests, could be used by black people to throw off the yorks of colonialism; for there are marked differences between Africans and Europeans.

Africans by their nature are gentle and idealistic; intertwined with a spirit for peace and justice. They are also social and cosmopolitan, as opposed to the Europeans who are nomadic, ferocious and warlike. Europeans, Diop notes, are individualistic, harbouring the tendency for moral solitude, a disgust for existence with a pessimistic attitude to life.

However, for African, they have unique social nature which is always displayed in many ways in their traditional music and dances. For this matter, this very article samples some of the most vibrant African cultures along the Nile valley starting from Uganda, then Congo (DRC), the Sudan and Ethiopia before winding up with some of the miracles of Egyptian civilization.

1. Uganda

Ugandan is a country rich with cultures depicting its numerous tribes. Some of the most prominent dances therefore come from the Acoli and the Baganda people. For this we sample a few of these traditional dances starting with the Acoli people, a Luo tribe found in northern Uganda and southern Sudan.

Let us therefore call the Acoli people to entertain us with their royal Bwola dance. Un jo Acoli kong dong odony ibar!

That was the Acoli Bwola dance. Let us see what a another important Acoli traditional dance, the Larakaraka, a courtship dance for youth played by Watmon Cultural Group. Please tune in and watch this dramatic dance!

Next, are the Baganda with their key traditional dance praising their leader, the Kabaka. Enjoy! That was the Buganda Homeland Traditional Music. Next is DRC

2. Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC)

Before we move to Sudan, let us see how the Congolese are doing with their African soukous, mainly performed by youthful people. The Congolese, come over please with Sah Lomon with  Salma.

3. Sudan

Now, let us see what the Shilluk, one of the main Luo people of south Sudan have to offer. Shilluk youth, come and perform please.

4. Ethiopia

Ethiopians also have a rich tradition of cultural dances. Watch this!

Even when they are out of their country, Ethiopians have maintained their cultural influence. Watch this one performed at Seattle in the USA.

Let us close it today with an enlightening revelation on what the black Egyptians and other black folks the world over have done to humanity through inventions and for improving the living conditions of mankind.

Do not forget that, despite the contributions of black people to the world, some folks from the north continue to undermine with their warlike, selfish and destructive mentality. Think again, if you though the blacks have contributed nothing to humanity. What about this long list of inventions?

Now, you have seen for yourselves that to be the first to civilize the world is not easy. It requires a king of people who are not only peace oriented and intelligent, but also having a sense of cultural unity and creativeness. Thanks for watching. Share with your friends wherever they may be in in the world.

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Okumu p'Okech Luryan, Managing Partner, Noh-Vald Consultancy.
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