Traditional Sukuma dancing, singing and a drum workshop
The Sukuma tribe has its roots in the area in and around Mwanza. Visiting Mwanza means meeting Sukuma people. We are closely connected with Masaï in Ngorongoro and it is amazing how much these tribes differ from one another in their background and traditions.
One of the characteristic traditions of Sukuma is the way they make hard work look easy and enjoyable.
Guided by music and singing, they are showing a rhythmic performance while they plow the land.
Looking at their huge drums my child images of Africa came alive: the houses, drums, clothes, pots of the Sukuma tribe were in some of my picture books as a child. By the way the name for drums in Swahili is Ngoma. Ngoma refers to the after harvest festivals where different dance- and drum groups compete together.
Stories of a Sukuma Chief
Our Chief is a living history book. He will passionately tell you thrilling stories of the past and his personal life. For example, he can take you to the scary night before he became a chief or he gives you insight in the colonial period. Maybe he will tell you about the dramatic death of his sister and his care for the old women in his tribe and the dangers that still threaten them. Afterwards his family will show you around, to see some of the places he mentioned in his stories.
After lunch with the chief we will take you to a group of local people to enjoy their traditional dancing and singing. Last but not least, it is time to show your skills on Sukuma drums during a vibrant drum workshop.
This activity is great for families and friends. Try to get a group together to join you on this trip, so you can share the costs. And let us know if you are open for safari sharing, to allow others to merge with your group.
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