We had the opportunity to visit the Ndere Cultural Center and learn more about the cultural side of Uganda through music, dance, and song. Throughout our time at the center, we first began with an private informational session to learn about the different instruments used within the culture then a live performance/dinner. All of the instruments used throughout the show were similar to an instrument in the United States though the instruments from Uganda were mainly constructed from wood, string, and animal hide. All of the students from MUBS and Drake had the opportunity to learn an instrument or how to dance within the Ugandan culture. I personally had the opportunity to learn how to play the agwara which is similar to the trumpet and had a blast learning to play! It was pretty difficult to play, but I had the opportunity to connect with students from the dance troupe that helped me learn! This experience was one of a kind and personally enjoyed all of my time at the center. From learning to play, to watching the performance, to being able to dance with the performers after the show was over, I felt surrounded by the Ugandan culture. I would love to go again and I would highly recommend this experience to anyone that is planning on visiting Uganda!
Questions for Drake/MUBS students:
The Ndere Cultural Center recruits young prodigies into the company to become part of the program while promising an education through their work. Through this work, it can create an area that is both educational to the students with the cultural aspect and the school aspect. Would you consider this duel component to be beneficial to the sustainable aspect since it is helping educated people about the culture as well as educate kids or is it too restrictive on the selection process and that this is not creating a big enough impact to be considered sustainable?
Many of the dances performed were about love and how each different culture presented love from a man to a woman. Through dance, a man and a woman would prove to be compatible and in love with each other. However, now-a-days, people do not perform these rituals in order to profess their love to one another. Why do you think they are still performing these dances when the culture has changed so much? Due to the change in culture throughout the world and Uganda, what type of connection is there between culture and continuous development?