The name "Utamaduni", a swahili
word meaning "culture", was adopted by the dance troupe after a Danish cultural
exchange with the Sukuma tribe in Tanzania in 1977. The exchange project in which the
Danes also performed their traditional dance, was called "Daraja la Utamaduni" /
"The cultural bridge".
From that embryonic beginning of cultural exchange, rich and fertile images of African
culture were absorbed by the "Danes" - all thanks to the Sukuma people.
Since then Utamaduni has woven a tapestry of dance, drum, and song rhythms into a bond
of friendship with local farmers and handicraft artists, and has inspired more than 25
Danish dance troupes that meet weekly for dance and workshops.
Every year we arrange a gathering for people with interest in african culture, music
and dance. We are 4-500 people who meet in the forest of Ramten Skov every year in week
number 30, since 17 years now!
The Utamaduni Dance Troupe brings alive Africa, right here on the spot, with its
colorful and expressive performance.
Both the young and old are fascinated by the interaction of the big drums and the dancers,
and enjoy invitations from the troupe to join the dance.
Gl. Munkegade 21, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
+45 8618 4758
/ +45 2028 2523
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