Dance Sensation from Africa

"From the dusty playground to the international stage", this is how CNN described the sensational success of the Ugandan hip Hop/breakdance formation "Tabu Flo", translating as "chaos that flows". Abdul Kinyenya Muyingo, also called Abdanger, is one of the dancers from the Tabu-Flo team, who paid the ESM a visit. On the 19th and 22nd January 2016, he performed funky and groovy moves to the right beats with students from the Secondary School.

Uganda is often associated with dictatorship and civil war. But it also has the youngest population in the world. Nearly 70 percent of Uganda's population are minors. It is therefore hardly surprising that a hip Hop/breakdance project such as the one from Tabu Flo struck such a significant chord. "We had so much energy, and we needed to put it somewhere", said Abdanger. As hip hop and breakdance are much more dynamic than traditional African dance, the choice was not difficult.

The dance fever spread in no time, not only in the capital Kampala, but also beyond the Ugandan borders. "When we started to dance, it really went off like a bush fire", explained Abdanger the international breakthrough. As his colleague Philip Buyi, who visited the ESM in November 2013, Abdanger is also an internationally renowned dancer, choreographer and filmmaker, who repeatedly and successfully toured Europe to dance with students.

After a short performance in the assembly hall in front of hundreds of students from the Secondary School, he held workshops in African hip hop and break dance. Both students and teachers were encouraged to join the session in their free periods or replacement lessons, leading to a very crowded sports' hall. Abdanger succeeded effortlessly, to immediately captivate both girls and boys, young and old, and encourage them, to dance even unfamiliar steps and figures.

In Uganda this dance project, founded by young people, tries to push for positive social change. Here, young people become infatuated by the dance fever and feel pure happiness that has the unique "Tabu-Flo" touch to it; chaotic, flowing, lively and improvised.

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