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Teso revelers celebrate culture and Akogo Festival

By Reagan Ssempijja

Added 9th September 2019 02:04 PM

The event featured live Teso music heritage with instruments like the Akogo, which is the identity of the show.

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Revelers enjoying the festival (Photos by Reagan Ssempijja)

The event featured live Teso music heritage with instruments like the Akogo, which is the identity of the show.

LIFESTYLE        CULTURE

Uganda’s entertainment scene is lately being taken over by festivals. In this realm, tribal festivals are also soaring above the clouds.

Last weekend it was time for the Iteso to show off their cultural facets through the Akogo Festival.

Akogo Festival presents a variety of Iteso cultural performances. This exhibits a variety of teso cultural songs and dances ranging from Akogo dance, Ajosi, Etida, Ebuda, Ekata, Ekebe, Ekikit, and Ekirakira. As the excited Teso parties rounded off the venue, it was clear that the Akogo dance was what the majority looked out for, at least judging from those who were speaking some English.

 

The event featured live Teso music heritage with instruments like the Akogo, which is the identity of the show. There were also some competitions about who could play the Akogo better than anyone else. The competition was really tight and it seemed like all Iteso know a thing or two about Akogo music.

Ladies with soft and flexible waists kept on dancing along with various folk songs as many looked on. This was a trigger that later got the men too in dancing mode. The ground was the victim of what turned into a dancing spree.

The best Akogo music player was later in the night crowned by Pilsner lager. The celebrations went on as the winner attracted a crowd of dancers around him. The party didn’t stop on Saturday night. The festival was organised in preparation for the forthcoming bigger festival that will take place in Soroti later this year.

 

The non-Iteso couldn’t dance along with the music, had an opportunity to learn some Teso moves. With the energy involved, however, the week had to step aside and just look on as the brave ones danced their feet off.

Besides the music and dance, the festival also had some exhibitions in place and businesses concerning Teso culture were showcased.

 

  n iteso playing the kago at the festival An iteso playing the Akago at the festival

 

 

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