Rwanda | Kamonyi: Itorero Indatwa Kagina is a tradition of the area
In the history of Kagina, it is believed that the big part of the population is made of the Twa who are good in traditional songs.
Itorero Indatwa is a tradition because the members found it while they were born and grew up in it.
63 years aged Kaniziyo Mariyakizungu, confirms that he found Itorero Indatwa of Kagina when he was born and joined at 12 years of age and others continued to join like that.
The group is composed of experienced people in composing and soliciting the songs. They sing ancient Rwanda cultural songs and use traditional instruments.
Some sources say it was started mainly for the Twa because other people under looked them but now other residents have joined which makes 30 active members of the group.
The group president Amurani Joy Rwirangira, denotes that the primary purpose of Itorero Indatwa of Kagina was not to make money but to promote Rwandan culture in this place.
Apart from singing and dancing, the group members share ideas, advise each other and help those with problems.
Rwirangira narrates: “When we meet, we remember old things and the elderly tell us how Itorero could help whoever got a problem. In that way, the young learn the living in society and sharing.”
Although the group members say they have no challenges in composing and singing, they face the problem of dancing costumes and enough drums.
Last year 2011, Itorero Indatwa of Kagina borrowed costumes and went for good governance dancing competitions where they came on the 2nd position.