Kenya’s Maasai perform at Abu Dhabi fest
Abu Dhabi, July 22, 2010
International dance troupe, ‘Friends of Sironka’, who are direct descendants of Kenya’s revered Maasai tribes, made their Middle East debut at the ongoing Summer in Abu Dhabi family festival, which runs until August 4.
The 15-strong group is performing traditional hunting songs, ancestral dances and soothing celebratory chants, such as the ‘Tigirayu Nanana’ and the ‘Ole Resia’, which they hope will leave Abu Dhabi visitors more enlightened about Kenyan culture.
The group also has a positive social founding, as it allows Kenyans, who come from impoverished backgrounds, a chance to support their families back home.
The Friends of Sironka’s performances, which run daily at Abu Dhabi Mall from 4pm, combine raw athleticism and rhythm. Songs are sung in the traditional Maa dialect.
Perhaps the most intriguing display for Abu Dhabi crowds is the jumping dance, which, Sironka explained, is more than just an energetic routine.
The troupe has also brought their full traditional costume with them for the Abu Dhabi show.
Following their performances, the troupe will host ‘Meet & Greet’ sessions where they will have their photos taken with the audience and answer their questions.
Cultural performers are taking centre stage throughout Summer in Abu Dhabi’s participating shopping malls with international troupes such as the Mongolian Khalkhas, Papua New Guinea Hulis, New Zealand Maoris and Botswanian Khoisans entertaining with their unique ritual dances.-TradeArabia News Service