Today. the 10.th of july, four representatives from Sukuma Museum, Bujora, arrived at Billund airport in Denmark.
In late 2014 Bujora Cultura Centre had visitors from Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), as they wanted to promote Bujora and the tourism in the lake region. See below a 5 minute video showing and telling the history of Bujora, and shows examples from shindano in Ngogo.
At august 12. there were a great gathering of traditional drum-dance groups at Bujora Sukuma Museum. The day was marking the ending of a visit from Denmark, by the Utamaduni Dance Troupe. 8 members of the danish friendship-dance troupe was invited by wanasesilia dance society to visit Bujora, and 3 different villages; Ngogo, Mwasubuya and Isesa. In all 3 villages there were arranged shindano (dance competition) with local groups.
This time it was arranged in a way that the shindano always ended with a collaboration where all groups met and danced for and with eachother. At august 12. all groups were invited for at ‘farewell party’ to the guest, and a gathering and exchange of dances, drum rhythms and beautiful songs.
Shilungu is a song about the loss of cultural identity. It reminds people where they come from and how to reconnect with traditional culture. Shilungu (a shell) is one of the symbols of Sukuma culture. The song is in Kisukuma, the language of the Sukuma tribe in Tanzania. Filmed in Bujora Mwanza with Mzee James Sombi, father of John Sombi. Video by Rock City Studio Mwanza June 2014.