The Pearl in Africa
Live from Uganda by our correspondent Kigozi Michael
The youth in Uganda have their share where majority prefer western culture. This is evident in their dress code, preferred music and movies such as hip hop, reggae, Dance hall, R n B etc. Yet at their disposal are traditional classics performed by the Nandujja, Ndere Troupe, and Percussions. Theatrical performances are there every weekend performed in local languages in the existent theatres such as Labonita, Pride Theatre and BAT Valley Theatre.
Currently some Ugandans are into the traditional culture but blended with some Western styles. This is evident amongst most Ugandan fashion designers such as Brenda Maraka of the Maraka Designs who says people lover and respect Ugandan designers.
Other products of human work in Uganda are the Art and Crafts products. These are becoming a vibrant source of income for several craftsmen and Women. Art Galleries include the Nommo Gallery, National Theatre, and Crafts Africa Village etc.
There weekly mobile markets especially Fridays that are held show casing and trading in these crafts. These items include: woven baskets, mats, bark cloth items, Jewelry and Bead works, cow horn items, weapons, wood carvings, Batiks, and many more.
A friend from Mozambique studying at Makerere university in Uganda once went out with a Ugandan girl and by mid night he wanted to retire to his room and the girl had to initiate him into Uganda’s Night Life which is envied by all in the great lakes regions. Several night spots with karaoke, open bars and discotheques are what define Uganda’s night life. Social life is fun as you get to meet revelers with a cultural attribute of hospitality
(Text:¬†Kigozi Michael / Photos: Kigozi Michael)
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