The Rwandese culture is very rich. Traditional dances still play an essential role in the daily life of Rwandas. They are performed it in the church, in schools or for every celebration. I just came across this beautiful piece of music and just had to share it with you guys.
Welcome to Rwandese traditional dances and dresses!
The song is called “Nyina w’abeza” which means “The mother of all beauty” (meaning of all beautiful people). In this song the singers admire the beauty of Rwanda and the culture of Rwanda.
The role of the woman
Woman dance delicate and light as birds. The whole body is tensed up to the fingertips.
They usually wear a long skirt, a skin-tight, strapless top and a light wide cloth which is bound together at their shoulders. They also often wear a pearl necklace and a ribbon. Sometimes they have small bells tied to their feet which underpin the music. The baskets on the second picture below contain the gifts for the bridal couple at a wedding, for example.
Many people can dance very good in Rwanda, nonetheless, to dance like seen in the video takes a lot of training and effort! Rwandese usually start their training from childhood.
The role of the man
Men are the combatants. They need to demonstrate power.
Men often wear no shirt and put their abs on show. They act as if they fight each other with sticks. The blond wigs in the picture below are part of the traditional costum for male dancers. With the bells around their ankles they support the percussion music.
Did you enjoy the song? Let me know in the comments!
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