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Masindi troupe rewarded for upholding culture

By Vision Reporter

Added 13th October 2006 03:00 AM

Hurrah to Masindi International Troupe for wowing Bunyoro Kingdom with their traditional dance. And for their efforts, they received sh500,000 prize money and a bull.

Hurrah to Masindi International Troupe for wowing Bunyoro Kingdom with their traditional dance. And for their efforts, they received sh500,000 prize money and a bull.

By William Rwebembera

Hurrah to Masindi International Troupe for wowing Bunyoro Kingdom with their traditional dance. And for their efforts, they received sh500,000 prize money and a bull. This was during the 44th Independence celebrations on Monday. The kingdom and Radio Kitara organised a cultural gala to promote cultural values in the kingdom.

The Omukama Solomon Gafabusa Iguru was the chief guest at the function at Karuzika Royal Palace.

Seven drama groups namely; Masindi International Troupe, Light Brothers group, Kitamba Unique Super MDD, Murro Cultural Singers, Roso Rolling group, Kitara Institute of Commerce and Bunyoro Foundation Actors, competed.
Retired Music Professor Mbabi Katana was the chief adjudicator. Among the traditions adjudicated upon were marriage, feeding habits, child-bearing and upbringing as well as dress code or modelling, games and the general social setup of the traditional society, among others.

Masindi International Troupe was impressive with their Orunyege dance and traditional knowledge on twins. Their dance attracted spectators, some of whom danced along.

Although Murro Cultural Group came fourth in the competition, the crowd seemed to love them most. The greatest attraction was a mzee who was drumming 11 drums at a go and dancing to the tunes.
“Mzee oli w’ Amaani (“You are very great),” a voice was heard at old Abel Bitamazire behind the drums.

Although the gala was calling for the revival of the culture, it was easy to count how many men were wearing kanzu and how many women were wearing suka as required at such a function. Many men were smart in their suits and women in gomesi.

While handing over the cheque and a bull to the winner, King Iguru, flanked by the Omugo Karunga Adyeri, called on the Banyoro to use music as a campaign against immorality, especially the rampant defilement and early marriages in the region.


Radio Kitara started this festival in 2005 at Biija Hotel in Masindi. Ali Kiiza, the Major General of the radio said, this is an annual event. Next year, it will be organised in Kibaale. Other sponsors included Byte International Group Limited, Kabagambe Service Stations, Alinda Guest House and Samu Entertainment Centre.

Masindi troupe rewarded for upholding culture

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