Music is a popular form of entertainment in Uganda. Travellers to Uganda are mesmerised by music of the people of Buganda region.
The Baganda (tribe of the Buganda region concentrated in central Uganda), like other African tribes use music to celebrate their life cycle-rituals and rites, labor or work achievements such as a good harvest, to educate the population as a form of recreation, as well as a cultural means of disseminating cultural values from generation to generation.
Baganda have three predominant dances; Bakisimba, Muwogola and Nankasa. All Kiganda dances involve a flawless `circular’ movement of the waist and a tip toeing movement of the feet, hands spread out from the shoulder joint and bent forward or upwards at the elbow joint depending on the type of dance. The dance moves or patterns are dictated by the lyrics or song meaning but mostly by the tempo of the song.
A variety of dance instruments are used including the Empunyi (rhythm drums for the central beat), Namunjoloba (a small drum beaten by two small sticks to produce the rhytmic sound that controls all dance motifs or flows), the Embuutu (a large drum for the various dance rhytms), Engalabi (a long cylindrical drum that adds colour and texture to accompaniment), Amadinda (a xylophone to give the music melodies), Endigidi (a tube fiddle for melody),Entongoli (bow lyre for melody), Engombe (a cow horn that adds excitement at the climax), Endere (flute), Ensaasi (shakers made out of a guards). The xylophone determines the tempo or pace of the music or song and the drums follow suit. Singers accompany the music played.
We often invite a group of local dancers to perform and charm onlookers with their talents. If you would like to see them perform please let us know in advance so we can arrange this.