Traditional Drumming and Dancing Practices
Unlike many other countries in Africa, Rwanda has been a unified state populated by the Banyarwanda people who share a single language and cultural heritage. The Traditional Drumming and Dancing Practices (Intore) are highly choreographed routine consisting of three components – the ballet, performed by women; the dance of heroes, performed by men, and the drums. Traditionally, music is transmitted orally with styles varying between the social groups. Drums are of great importance, the royal drummers having enjoyed high status within it. After a little practice you’ll test out your moves in a performance led by your instructors. You’ll continue the day with a course in traditional drumming and a chance to improvise a few beats of your own. Finish your excursion with some souvenir shopping for traditional handicrafts. Your dancing and drumming course includes a guide and bottled water.
On top of learning you will have fun during these practices and share a bit of the history of Rwandan dance. Starting the Traditional Drumming and Dancing practices, welcoming songs and drumming will be done to make you feel welcome. Rwanda Traditional dance and drumming practices doesn’t require a professional in it, its all about giving it a try. Traditional drumming and dancing are mainly based on the steps taken during these activities. The dances are mainly imitating cows movements. The local drummers will teach you some of their beats and try out or even formulate your own beats. One or more experts in dancing will led you to show how the hands and feet are moved and then the whole body. For the first time, you will have breaks to rest and later resume. When this is done continuously, at the end of the day you became an expert in this Kinyaranda dance.