Tag Archives: Rwandan Traditional Dance

Congratulations Valentine!

We would like to congratulate one of our wonderful employees on getting married. Valentine has been working at the shop for one year and married her fiance, Albert, last weekend. The wedding was very beautiful and composed of three parts. The first, was the dowry ceremony, or traditional wedding. This was held in the backyard of Valentine’s house. There were many speeches, traditional Rwandan dance by both male and female dancers, and drumming.

Valentine looked beautiful in her gold dress!

Valentine looked beautiful in her gold dress!

Louise and Alphonsine, two shop employees, took part in the traditional ceremony.

Louise and Alphonsine, two shop employees, took part in the traditional ceremony.

The second part was a catholic mass located at the church very close to Valentine’s house. For this, Valentine changed into a white wedding dress. Her sister, pictured here in a beautiful blue dress, was her maid of honor and was constantly fixing her dress to keep it looking perfect.

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The wedding party walking over to the church to continue the ceremony.

Valentine and her new husband Albert during the catholic mass.

Valentine and her new husband Albert during the catholic mass.

Finally, the third part of the ceremony is the reception. Here there was soda, banana beer, and an impressive cake display. The newlyweds cut the cake, and we all enjoyed watching more dancing and drumming. Valentine and Albert even joined in with the dancing; they were great! This is also the part of the wedding where guests present gifts to the new couple.

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At the reception, the new couple cuts their wedding cake.

Eugenie and Louise join me for the reception. They look great and are happy to be able to celebrate with Valentine and Albert!

Eugenie and Louise join me for the reception. They look great and are happy to be able to celebrate with Valentine and Albert!

As we left the wedding and said goodnight, the sky looked gorgeous.

As we left the wedding and said goodnight, the sky looked gorgeous.

 

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Ingoma Nshya

Last Friday, I was fortunate enough to watch Ingoma Nshya, the drumming group that founded Inzozi Nziza and now make up members of the cooperative, perform. This special performance was specifically for a group from a project within Buffalo State University called The Anne Frank Project. You can find out more about their organization here

Here are some pictures from the performance!

Before the show, the women heat the drums to improve the sound quality:

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The performance includes both drumming and elements of Rwandan traditional dance:

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I was very impressed by the large number of women who came to drum:

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Some of you may recognize Clementine and Marta (pictured below) from their recent trip and many performances in DC, NY and Holland:

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Valentine works at the shop and drums in Ingoma Nshya. She is not only a great drummer, but she is also particularly talented at Rwandan traditional dance:

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Hopefully I will be able to put up some short videos of the drumming soon.

After the performance the group from Buffalo State came to Inzozi Nziza to enjoy lunch and ice cream of course!

 

 

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