THE EQUATION JUNE NANKASA TRADITIONAL DANCE WORKSHOP
LADIES AND GENTS!!! GOOD NEWS.
The EQUATION RETURNS HOME !!!!! After moving around different communities in Kampala and Jinja. We are Back to the NATIONAL THEATRE THIS MONTH.
SATURDAY 30TH JUNE 2018
With Nankasa Traditional Dance workshop from Central Uganda by dance Guru @amina namakula. Come let’s learn some new traditional dance to add to your dance gallery.
We are also going to have a special KRUMP dance class by Ssemaganda Jay Jeff Kenneth.
We had some amazing collaborations with @purelove Uganda in Natete, Youth Legacy Africa in Jinja, @cornerstone learning centre in Lungujja twice coordinated by the amazing and inspiring community dance leaders Koloto Siraji Zak Fortay and Ricky Orenia.
The dance jams in all styles, video screenings, networking with fellow dancers all this still remains as part of the package. If you would like to perform or showcase any works in progress please feel free let us know. you can email
whats up +256775193628
All this is free of charge for the participants. Supported by National theatre and the Doen foundation.
Some background information about the traditional dance we are going to learn. note that information credit is from www.face-music.ch/instrum/uganda_danceen.html
Nankasa is a traditional folk dance that originated in the palace of the King of Buganda, situated nearby the Lake Victoria, the home of Nalubaale, the wife of Lubaale, one of the gods of the Baganda people.
A former Bugandan king (kabaka) greatly enjoyed the local beer, tonto omwenge. Tonto is made from banana plants, and the name is taken from the Lugandan word tontomera, which means, “Do not knock me over”.
At one gathering, this king drank too much of the beer and became quite happy. (In Buganda, it is taboo to say that the king is drunk; you can only say that the king is very happy.)
The king then started praising the people who had made the beer, saying abaakisiimba, which means “those who planted the bananas”, and bebaakiwoomya, “they made it delicious”.
The musicians at this gathering created a abaakisiimba rhythm that imitated the words of the king, who was so happy and relaxed that he began to move and dance.
While the musicians mimicked the king’s words on their drums, the women imitated the king’s movements, which eventually became a dance that is now performed throughout Buganda by all generations. There are three major movements in this dance: the first is Nankasa, the second is Baakisiimba, and the third is Muwogola.