Ingoma Nshya, also known as the "New Drum" in Kinyarwanda, is a women's drumming troupe and social enterprise based in Rwanda. It was founded in 2004 by women who were seeking to challenge traditional gender roles and promote reconciliation and healing in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. Ingoma Nshya represents a powerful example of how the arts can be used as a vehicle for social change, empowerment, and reconciliation. Through their drumming performances and community engagement efforts, the women of Ingoma Nshya inspire audiences and promote positive transformation in Rwanda and beyond. Nshya was founded by a group of Rwandan women, including Odile "Kiki" Gakire Katese, to empower women through drumming, a traditionally male-dominated practice in Rwandan culture. The troupe aims to promote gender equality, foster reconciliation, and celebrate Rwandan cultural heritage through their performances and activities.

Drumming Performances & Community Engagement

The members of Ingoma Nshya are skilled drummers who perform traditional Rwandan rhythms and dances at cultural events, festivals, and international venues. Their performances showcase the talent and resilience of Rwandan women while honoring the country's rich musical traditions. In addition to their performances, Ingoma Nshya is involved in various community engagement initiatives, including workshops, educational programs, and social projects. They use drumming as a tool for healing, empowerment, and social change, particularly in communities affected by trauma and conflict. Social Enterprise Ingoma Nshya operates a cultural center, offering drumming workshops, cultural activities, and culinary experiences to visitors. The center serves as a space for cultural exchange, dialogue, and economic empowerment for the women involved in the troupe.

Impact and Recognition & Sustainability

Ingoma Nshya has received international recognition for its innovative approach to women's empowerment and cultural preservation. The troupe has performed at venues around the world, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. Their work has been featured in documentaries, books, and media outlets globally. As a social enterprise, Ingoma Nshya is committed to sustainability and economic empowerment. The revenue generated from their performances, workshops, and cafe operations supports the livelihoods of the women involved in the troupe and contributes to community development initiatives in Rwanda.

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