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Agwara – This is a social gathering dance of the Alur people in the West Nile region, bordering DR Congo and Sudan. The dance got its name from the Agwaras, the local trumpets. The men play these horns as the women dance. Members of the cummunity are called to come together and participate in this dance. The name goes back to an instrument, the “Agwara“, a transversely blown horn, the sound of which being similar to that produced by flies.
A story tells that many years ago the western Nile region was home to a very fast animal, living in the woods: the okapi, sometimes also called the forst giraffe, is a cloven-hoved animal of the family of the giraffe; it could not be hunted and killed by the hunters. Several months later, hunters found such a cadaver, covered by flies.“ngaanaaa” – this sound produced by the flies was similar to the sound of their trumpet „”Agwara“, a horn made of wood, wrapped by animal skin. This instrument is used as a signal horn and for playing melodies. Together with drums, it accompanies a dance; a dance imitating the movements of the hunters, who carefully sneak up in order to not frighten off the animals.

To learn more about this dance and how you can blend our urban dance styles such as breakdance,afrohouse, newstyle/hiphop etc to Agwara, come join us next weekend (Saturday) on 28th July, at the National Theatre (CICP) starting at 3pm. This is a FREE workshop that is conducted by qualified teacher(s) and is suitable for all.
Note the background information about the traditional dance we are going to learn is gotten and credited from