Talent search: We should promote our own values

Editor, Allow me to react to the article, "'Rwanda's Got Talent' auditions take Kigali by storm" (The New Times, December 2). I appreciate the fact that it is an initiative to discover and attract talent, but why is our society always copying the western cultures? Why do we have to come and watch our kids break-dancing and hip-hoping?
Rwandan traditional dancers. Talent search should also promote cultural values. (Timothy Kisambira)
Rwandan traditional dancers. Talent search should also promote cultural values. (Timothy Kisambira)

Editor,

Allow me to react to the article, “‘Rwanda’s Got Talent’ auditions take Kigali by storm” (The New Times, December 2).

I appreciate the fact that it is an initiative to discover and attract talent, but why is our society always copying the western cultures? Why do we have to come and watch our kids break-dancing and hip-hoping?

These kids should be encouraged to develop talent in our traditional dance and music. Our culture is so rich as regards to music, dance and drama but all this is fading away because every promoter is looking at making it big with western music.

I remember growing up in Uganda, studied at Macos (Makerere College School). Every year we had a music and dance competition among the classes in all the traditional dances of Uganda.

This was the most exciting and memorable event. Every participant danced or sang to his best.

Some of my classmates are still involved in music in one way or another.

In Rwanda, we might all speak one language but when it comes to traditional dance and music, there is diversity. A good example is Orchestre Impala. These guys are doing great and it’s because they love and value the Rwandan music and culture.

If I had the capability, I would promote the Rwandan traditional dance, music and drama instead of this “imported” break dance or hip hop.

Robert

ADVERTISEMENT