Preservation of the musical heritage of Uganda
03.19.2017 - 03.19.2017
The Ndere Troupe is a performance group dedicated to preserving the cultures of Uganda through music, dance, and drama. Their home is a compound just north of the central business district in Kampala, where they train, perform, and live. The instruments they play are unique wind, stringed, and percussion instruments modeled after those crafted and played by the indigenous tribes of the country. We attended a Sunday night performance at the Ndere Center, including a buffet of traditional Ugandan food, that we won't soon forget.
What I love most about Ndere is that they scour the country for talented musicians and provide them with educational opportunities that they might not have been afforded otherwise. I met one musician whose parents are gone, and who is the eldest of many siblings. Through his Ndere affiliation, he is able to support his younger siblings. This is just one example of the many situations we encountered in which the concept of community was quite evident to us.