cultural dance

Since time immemorial music has always played an important role in civil, economic and social life of the country. Traditional Rwandan music has variations such as vocal, vocal Instrumental accompanied with dancing and instruments only. The traditional Rwandan music is mainly vocal. This type of music was found in local songs (imbyino), quite often accompanied by dances: songs for sit ups (inkera) or story-telling songs, songs to listen to (indirimbo).
The 'Dance of Heroes' is performed by men wearing grass wigs and carrying spears. The background is a dance performed by returning warriors, celebrating victory in battle. The dancers move from side to side combining grace and complex choreography with a raw aggression. At certain stages the dancers stop, with arms outstretched and make blood-curdling battle crys. These calls are individual to each dancer and represent warriors declaiming the details of how many he had slain in battle. Battles traditionally involved Hutu, Tutsi and Twa fighting alongside each-other against a common enemy. The performance of Intore therefore has always consisted of warriors of all groups dancing together.

  rukari [royal court]


The National museum of Rwanda is located in the town of Butare 81 miles south of the capital city of Kigali. Butare considered to be the intellectual center of the country with the Rwandan National Museum, The Butare museum is situated on more than 50 acres of land. The buildings themselves occupy 9,000 sq. feet. The remaining land has been made into gardens containing indigenous vegetation and a traditional craft training center making the entire site an educational experience and a pleasure to visit.
The artifact collection is essentially historical, ethnographic, artistic and archeological. The public collection is exhibited in seven rooms with the remainder of the artifats in storage
Magic Safaris states "The museum is the finest ethnographic museum of East-Africa. It reflects well the time spirit at the end of 19th Century when the East-African Kingdoms came in contact with the first Europeans. The rich insights about Rwanda's traditional life and culture and the subsequent development during history will contribute to a better understanding of African history. A must for everybody who's interested in Africa."

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