Ingazo Ngari set for mega cultural dance celebration

Inganzo Ngari dancers at a past event. Courtesy photos.

After staging remarkable performances in different countries across the world this year, Rwanda’s most acclaimed traditional dance troupe, Inganzo Ngari, is organising a mega concert for their local fans.

Dubbed ‘Urwamazimpaka’, the concert is set to be terrific, as the ensemble treats fans to authentic Rwandan dances and songs, accompanied by indigenous drums, stringed and wind musical instruments. The show will be held at Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village (former Camp Kigali), on November 9.

And if preparations for their annual concert are anything to go by, then it is likely that the troupe will be attempting to pull off a great performance in the country this year. The troupe is doing rehearsals at Kigali Serena Hotel.

Serge Nahimana, the troupe’s leader and coach, told The New Times in an interview on Wednesday, that the concert will be a great opportunity for Inganzo Ngari to celebrate Rwanda’s rich culture with their fans.

“The concert is about celebrating with our fans,” said Nahimana, adding: “We’re doing rehearsals to give them the best performances they deserve. We invite everyone to come at the show.”

Nahimana said the theme, ‘Urwamazimpaka’, was chosen to celebrate Rwanda’s development.

Ingazo Ngari is a group of young Rwandans, who use traditional dance to promote the country’s culture. The troupe has been gracing stages for the past 12 years, garnering worldwide appreciation. With over 100 artistes, Inganzo Ngari is poised to continue shaping Rwandan culture and performance and take it to the next level.

“We have been performing at different big events in the country and abroad, but we want this one to be an exceptional concert for the lovers of Rwanda’s traditional music and dance,” he said.

Rwanda’s rich cultural history and tradition have long been passed on through music, dance, storytelling and poetry.

Nahimana, however, noted that despite organising an annual concert, the troupe desires to host several shows in the country, but lack enough resources to organise them frequently.

Performances will start at 6p.m. Entrance fee is Rwf5000 in the regular section, VIP seats go for Rwf15, 000, and those who want a table of 8 will part with Rwf250, 000

The troupe’s DVDs will be available at the venue for sale at Rwf10 000 each.

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