We have seen various singing and dance competitions, but there has never been a cultural dance competition.
Last Thursday, Nile Breweries through its traditional but modern-packaged beer, Chibuku, launched the first of such competitions at the National theatre. The competition called “Ssesetuka” will be held across the five divisions of Kampala: Kawempe, Nakawa, Lubaga, Makindye and central.
Ten groups selected from each division will tussle it out in the preliminary stages, where the top three dance groups from each division will qualify for the semifinals. The top eight will then qualify for the grand finale, which will be held on December 19 at the National theatre.
According to Chibuku brand manager, Davidson Wadada, “The competition will be restricted to the Kampala for this year, [but] will go countrywide next year. Only cultural groups from those particular regions will be eligible to participate”.
To ensure that the cultural groups give their best, Chibuku enrolled the services of Alina Talents Entertainment, which is run by renowned actor and drama lecturer, Aloysius Matovu Joy. The participating groups in the competition will be required to represent two items a traditional folk dance from a region of their choice, and a traditional original composition in relation to the brand attributes.
To spice it up, the competition will also feature selected celebrated artistes such as Chameleone and Irene Ntale, who will this time round be tasked to promote their culture and tradition. The overall winner will walk away with Shs 2m and a set of traditional instruments, while the first runners-up will get Shs 1m and a set of costumes. The second runners-up will get Shs 500,000 and costumes.
The competition kicks off this Friday in Nabweru in Kawempe division, before heading to Namungoona playground on November 21, Social Centre Mengo and Katwe market playground on November 23, Kamwokya stage on November 16, and Wankulukuku stadium on December 12.
Source : The Observer