Arts & Culture

Music, Dance and Drama

Twekembe aims to improve on folk music, dance and drama participation on and promo on because the young, generation could forget and lose their heritage. Twekembe performers embrace the creative talents of the young people in schools to improve their social standards within
the society in the world tomorrow.

Objectives

Identification of youth talented folk musicians especially orphans whose parents have succumbed to the deadly scourge of AIDS and War in Northern Uganda and help them restore self confidence using Uganda Folk and Traditional Arts as the “THERAPY…!!!”

  •  Educate and develop the talents of the members so as to enhance their ability to acquiring the required basic needs of life.
  • Preserve and promote Uganda’s rich and diversified cultural music, dances,    theater and poetry etc…
  • -Show the importance and value of African folk music and dances, customer and musical instruments and their contribution to the International Folk Lore Industry.
  • Provision of a cultural and relaxed environment to both and international communities as praise, cocktails, opening and launching ceremonies, all other functions as and when required for service.
  • Facilitate the generation and dissemination of knowledge and technologies that meet the needs of the poor and marginalised communities.
  • Facilitate and drawing the attention of communities to important issues and influencing solutions on behalf of the Governments, Policy Makers, Donors, Community Stake Holders etc…
  • Generate and mobilise funds to support the vulnerable communities especially orphans and children displaced through wars and loss of parents due to HIV.AIDS and other diseases by providing shelter, food, healthcare, formal and informal education, vocational skills and set income generating projects to enhance their livelihoods.

Importance of Arts and culture

1. Music Boosts Young Brains

Immersing children in music can help boost their brain power. Music stimulates the parts of the brain associated with academic achievement, such as reading and math, and emotional development. Instead of viewing music as an extracurricular activity, consider it an overall part of your child’s education.

2. Art Improves Academic Achievement

Students involved in the arts have tremendous academic benefits compared to students without exposure to the arts.Arts inspire kids to excel in classroom. It helps students stay in school, increases motivation, improves attitudes and attendance, and improves academic performance.

According to Americans for the Arts, a student involved in the arts is:

  • 4x more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.

  • 4x more likely to participate in a math or science fair.

  • 3x more likely to win an award for school attendance.

  • 3x more likely to be elected to class office.

Lower income or socioeconomic students experience even greater benefits from the arts. Low income students highly engaged in the arts are more than twice as likely to graduate compared to their peers with no arts education, and have a 5x lower dropout rate.

3. Music Can Improve Memory

Want your kids to remember their homework assignments, where they put their shoes, or to brush their teeth before bed? Music might help. Research has shown that participation in music at an early age can help improve memory. Exposing children to music in early development helps them learn word sounds and meanings, and dancing helps build motor skills. Even adults can experience memory benefits from just listening to music.

4. Music and Art Enhance Creativity

This may sound like an obvious benefit, but the effects of enhanced creativity will extend to many aspects of your child’s life. Children develop innovation skills when they’re encouraged to express themselves and take risks in creating art and playing music. Those skills can open doors later in life; 72% of employers say that creativity is the number 1 skill they look for when hiring.

5. Music Improves Social Skills

It’s not always team sports that teach important social skills; playing an instrument can help, too. Music groups and ensembles can help kids develop important life skills such as teamwork, developing leadership skills, discipline, and how to relate to others.

6. Art and Music Improves Language and Reading Skills

Children’s brains develop faster with music, particularly in areas associated with language acquisition and reading skills.

For young children, making arts provides opportunities for language development. Toddlers learn words for colors and shapes as they create art. If you want to encourage language learning, communication, and reading in your kids, art and music are essential.

7. Art and Music Enhance Critical Thinking Skills

The creativity involved in art education strengthens critical thinking skills for kids. Visually learning through drawing, sculpting, and painting develops visual-spatial skills. This teaches kids how to interpret and use visual information.

As for music, a study of 3-4 year olds learning to play piano scored significantly higher on spatial-temporal reasoning tests compared to those with no music instruction. Spatial-temporal reasoning is a precursor to logical thinking, abstract thinking, and problem solving needed for the brain to function in mathematics, engineering, and physics.

8. Art and Music Build Confidence

As kids develop skills in art and music, and improve those skills through repetition and practice, they build confidence in themselves. Studies have shown that when children participate in arts activities with peers and provide criticism and praise to one another, the feedback they give to each other builds self respect.

9. Art and Music Creates Cultural and Personal Connections

Immersion in art and music can foster a sense of cultural awareness in kids. As students interpret visual imagery from artists and learn about art history, it helps them understand the concept of cultural diversity. Seeing a different culture explored through a visual medium such as sculptures or paintings helps kids process information differently than reading about it in a text book.

Learning about musical history and exploring different types of music can help kids connect with different cultures. Art and music help people feel more connected to one another, as well.

10. Art and Music Instills Discipline

Dedicating themselves to art and music teaches kids important concepts of discipline. While some kids may show a natural talent in one area or another, the truth is that ongoing commitment and practice is required to improve. By committing to stick with lessons and practicing outside of classrooms and lessons, kids learn discipline skills that will benefit them in many aspects of life.

Immersing children in the arts and music, at home, through lessons, at school and in the community, provides undeniable benefits that will help them throughout their lives.

About Twekembe performers project

Youth Department running a group of Cultural Performers creates opportunities which help the association youths to showcase and exhibit their cultural dances and any other activities connected to match the various societies’ themes.

Through the cultural performances showcases by Twekembe Performers, The Association conducts fundraising drives and campaigns to the attending audiences at various events in the society; this in the end ensures The Association is able to market and promote its products made from project activities like liquid soap & candle making, shampoo, tailoring poultry etc…

Some of performances carried out by Twekembe Performers in Music, Dance and Drama Projects by the youths do communicate the problems in the society to the attending audiences. This makes the community and the outside world understand what is happening out there in the slum areas of Uganda (and other areas in the World) as well as issues affecting the youths with in the Society today.

Twekembe Performers Project help Twekembe Youth Department market its handcraft items made by the youths to raise money for their support in Education, Social Wellbeing and any other ways as that can be of benefit.

The Project performances conducted around do act as our marketing platform to provide The Association and Twekembe Performers with more mileage for activities to people from different countries and cultures, which in return might help the youths get more connections and contacts to perform in foreign countries.

The performance project product acts that are communicated through the showcases also helps the Association to be inclusive in the Society’s and/or Community Programs which is seen as a good platform to market the association’s project and program activities.

Twekembe Performers Performance Project Group extends some benefits to Twekembe Development Association as shown below:

The Performance Project helps The Association blend in its entertainment it provides to its hosts, donors and followers by bringing in and creating new faces and performances.

The Performance Project helps the society to carry out its Corporate Social responsibility by extending support to the needy communities of Uganda and The World at large.

Youth Twekembe Performers who access schools through Music, Dance and Drama Workshops provision also ensure The Association gains extra value in the Education Sector from the Local and National Government Bodies particularly, “The Ministry of Education and Sports," because it promotes Cultural Heritage and Preservation as well as Physical Wellbeing for School Pupils.

Performing Arts in Schools

The Performance Acts Medium Project also reaches out to the Education Sector by provision of Workshops in Music, Dance and Drama activities to schools for School Festivals, annual Inter-House Competitions and Cultural Heritage, National and International Music in Schools Galas and Competitions as well as Preservation Heritage Recognitions and Celebratory Events . The Youth Twekembe Performers outreach schools as tutors and work with school pupils through training sessions facilitation in Music, Singing, Drumming, Dancing, Acrobats, Acting, Poetry and Spoken World Activities. The Schools and Pupils are also in return able to respect and recognise their Tribal and Cultural Roots through active, fun, entertaining, educating, competitive and participatory mechanisms. The access to such programs in Schools also enables students to gain and exercise their physical fitness responsibilities something that is great and invaluable for their body and health.

Traditional and Contemporary Arts participation in Uganda is believed to have declined hence the decrease in cultural behaviors within our modern society today

The Performance Acts Medium Project also reaches out to the Education Sector by provision of Workshops in Music, Dance and Drama activities to schools for School Festivals, annual Inter-House Competitions and Cultural Heritage, National and International Music in Schools Galas and Competitions as well as Preservation Heritage Recognitions and Celebratory Events . The Youth Twekembe Performers outreach schools as tutors and work with school pupils through training sessions facilitation in Music, Singing, Drumming, Dancing, Acrobats, Acting, Poetry and Spoken World Activities. The Schools and Pupils are also in return able to respect and recognise their Tribal and Cultural Roots through active, fun, entertaining, educating, competitive and participatory mechanisms. The access to such programs in Schools also enables students to gain and exercise their physical fitness responsibilities something that is great and invaluable for their body and health.

Traditional and Contemporary Arts participation in Uganda is believed to have declined hence the decrease in cultural behaviors within our modern society today

Music Recording and Production

We help youth and children develop there talents and produce their music

Music helps divert anger and resentment creating happiness and harmony

Music opens doors for new sources of income

Our free studio provides an opportunity for youth to realize their dreams