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Dance and Drum Performance "MDUNDO WA EAST AFRICA"


Dance Intercultural Performance
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Richmond Cultural Centre - Atrium

180-7700 Minoru Gat, BC V6Y 1R9

Richmond, BC

Directions: Enter the Richmond Cultural Centre through the main entrance and turn right into the Atrium room.



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible.


Enjoy the interactive dance and drumming performance MDUNDO WA EAST AFRICA presented by artists Edward Sembatya, Angelique Muhorakeye, Angelique Uwase and Erich Neitz. Mdundo is a Swahili word that is loosely translated as rhythms, thus, this performance melds bodily movements and drum sequences from various countries of East Africa. Come join us and try out traditional drumming techniques and immerse yourself in the world of dance.

Edward Sembatya is a versatile Ugandan dance practitioner, choreographer, educator, and drummer (Ugandan drums) and dance teacher at the Richmond Arts Centre. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University, School for Contemporary Arts (dance), BC. His artistic works and research draw inspiration from contemporary everyday life, and the rich knowledge and skills embedded in indigenous East African dances, (Ugandan in particular), music and narratives.

Angelique Muhorakeye is a Chairperson of Indangamirwa Traditional Dance Group and one of the founding members of Indangamirwa traditional dance group based in the Lower mainland and is the current chairperson of the group. Angelique started dancing at the age of five in churches, weddings and events. Angelique is a diverse dancer and has been in multiple Rwandan traditional, hip hop and afro fusion dance group based in Kenya where she competitively danced and taught her culture to the host country. To Angelique, dance is a form of therapy that heals the mind, body and spirit.

Erich Neitz is a seasoned dancer that studies a wide range of genres in the dance community including ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, and many more genres. He has been dancing since the age of three years old and has intentions of making the art a professional career. As of now he is a 3rd year dance major student at Simon Fraser University, and also studies the art of music through drumming. Pursued with Edward Sembatya and other artists, Erich continues to expand his horizons on the ever growing dance and music cultures that surround him. His idea of dance and music is a form of meditation, and a tool to build community, that transcends any specific culture.

Image Credits: Angelique Muhorakeye, Edward Sembatya, ISFIT Festival Trondheim, LiquidLounge


Richmond Arts Centre

The Richmond Arts Centre provides high-quality arts education opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines, including visual arts, dance and movement, music and theatre. The centre is also home to 12 local arts organizations known as the Resident Art Groups.

The vision for the Richmond Arts Centre is to be the hub of artistic opportunity within Richmond, activating and inspiring artists and community members to connect through the arts. The creative contributions of Richmond residents, through dance, theatre or visual arts has a significant positive impact on community health and celebrates the vibrancy of Richmond as a diverse and dynamic city.

This event is part of a hub:

Richmond Culture Days

City of Richmond Richmond, BC

From September 23 - October 16, Richmond will celebrate creativity everywhere and every way. Over these three weeks, dozens of Richmond artists and arts organizations will offer free, behind-the-scenes access to a wide range of art forms an...