Cultural lovers, young and old alike, top government officials, and the international community turned up in big numbers on Friday, to witness Rwanda’s premier cultural troupe Inganzo Ngari, celebrate culture during their annual show dubbed ‘Urwamazimpaka’.
Having toured different parts of the world, this year, showcasing Rwandan culture through traditional dances, Inganzo Ngari decided it was time to turn to bring the show home, although this year, they decided to take the show to Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village, away from the usual Kigali Serena Hotel.
As promised, the ensemble, pulled off a remarkable performance and treated fans to authentic Rwandan dances and songs, accompanied by indigenous drums, stringed and wind musical instruments as they celebrated Rwanda’s rich culture with their fans.
The traditional night was shaped by a set of performances from the troupe which showed amazing talents in recitals, poems, and riddles which were common to Rwanda’s late royal community’s entertainment.
In a four-hour performance the troupe used their talents to showcase Rwanda’s continued progress in all aspects of development following years of resilience, in a beautiful and energetic show, that threw revelers into a frenzy.
“The stage here was quite challenging because we were used to performing at Serena Hotel in all our previous annual cultural performances. Thank God that all went as expected. We are really happy for the support and we are looking forward to bring more cultural events to our audience. That is all that I can promise our people,” said Serge Nahimana, the troupe coach and lead performer.
The show also featured traditional artiste Muyango, who joined the troupe on the stage to perform his song ‘Karame Uwangabiye’. It was a show that evoked fond memories, spontaneous encounters, songs and story-telling.
With the stage featuring unique traditional décor, and the troupe changing into a different traditional attire, every single section of performance had its mind-blowing cultural exhibition for the concert goers, as the troupe continued to play traditional musical instruments like Imyirongi (whistles), icyembe, amakondera and Imiduri, through which they produced entertaining melodies.
Ikinimba, Ikinyemera, Umuhamirizo, and Imyoma were among the traditional dance styles performed by the troupe that excited the audience among the powerful performances that they made through the dances, in free style and in groups.