The weather was perfect for our afternoon and evening at Kika Center. Under the expert direction of the proprietor, Kaddu, the students learned a dance traditional to the Buganda Kingdom. Kika (pronounced Chicha) is a new dance center located in dark green foothills near Entebbe. The setting was perfect as the students learned the movements to a 'dance to make the king happy'. I kept up for about an hour until the jumping moves began. Then I opted for African tea with colleagues while the students continued to refine their moves.
The evening began with a traditional dinner of matooke, rice, ground nut sauce, goat skewers and more. A performance by the Kika dance troupe filled the rest of the evening as the dancers illustrated that 'Uganda is a very big world in a small country'. The highlight for our group was when they were called to the stage, walked behind and emerged as Uganda dancers! They artfully ;-) performed the dance they had practiced so diligently during the afternoon.
Throughout, Kaddu emphasized the need for Ugandans to preserve their incredible culture. He is doing a great job insuring this will happen! For more information and pictures go to www.kikauganda.com.