Culture March 01, 2018 at 11:25 am

5 African traditional ceremonial dance styles explained

Bridget Boakye | Contributor

Bridget Boakye March 01, 2018 at 11:25 am

March 01, 2018 at 11:25 am | Culture

The Batwa dance named after the Batwa Pygmies of Uganda 

The Echuya Batwa, more commonly known as Batwa Pygmies, are generally assumed to be the oldest surviving population of the Great Lakes region of Central Africa. They can be found in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Although colonization has generally destroyed many of their cultural practices, their dance and singing rituals, which is often in connection with the forest, is a core of their identity.

This video was recorded near the town of Rubuguri at the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest in Uganda. Here, they sing about the beauty of Uganda and the rainforest in their native language, Rukiga. Their dances often include a lot of jumping and feet stomping.

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