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Bugandan Traditions – Amagunjju
Mary Nakacwa, Uganda
Once upon a time, a king of Buganda died. When his heir was born, the baby’s uncle Gunjju created a dance to keep the young monarch constantly happy, as a crying king is said to bring bad luck. Today, the dance, now called the amagunjju, is performed on various occasions such as weddings, birthday parties, introduction ceremonies, and many others.
Here is a clip of students from the Architects of Music program rehearsing the amagunjju accompanied by mujaguzo drums, in preparation for their performance before the king of Buganda, which was unfortunately canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.