Dance Troupe Spirit of Uganda Performs at SFUAD's Greer Garson Theatre Today
Santa Fe, NM -- The international dance troupe Spirit of Uganda, produced by the nonprofit organization Empower African Children, will perform today, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Greer Garson Theatre on the campus of Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD). Spirit of Uganda's artistic director Peter Kasule ('07) and its audio supervisor and assistant production manager Peter Mugga ('13) are both university alumni.
The internationally traveling show is produced by Dallas-based Empower African Children, which mentors young Ugandans with the goal of creating and developing opportunities for them to realize their full potential. The troupe's 21 performers, ranging in age from 12 to 20, will perform a colorful two-hour performance of more than a dozen folkloric and new songs and dances representing the main ethnic groups of Uganda and neighboring countries. All the performers are either orphans or at-risk youths.
"I am living a dream come true with Spirit of Uganda, and I am delighted to return to the Land of the Enchantment," said Kasule. "I have always wanted to leave a mark in every community, and this is a great opportunity for me to be back in Santa Fe. Long live the arts and bravo to those that have made the arts thrive. Because of the education I received in Santa Fe I am able to preserve and share my culture through the arts."
Kasule, a Ugandan orphan whose parents died of AIDS, started performing as a youth and attended an arts high school in Dallas prior to attending College of Santa Fe (now SFUAD) and earning a degree in music technology in 2007. Mugga, an accomplished composer, multi-instrumentalist, sound engineer and educator, is an original member of Spirit of Uganda and an SFUAD graduate under Empower African Children's scholarship program. Mugga co-produced and engineered Spirit of Uganda's 2012 and 2014 tour CDs. Today, Mugga's onstage and engineering work continues to add to his experience and further his goals of sharing, preserving and strengthening his culture through music performance, education and technology.
"Performing in Santa Fe and SFUAD is the highlight of the entire tour for me," said Mugga. "This is something I only dreamed of-for Spirit of Uganda to share our rich African culture with the Santa Fe community. I am very excited and cannot wait for the community to see Uganda and Africa at large represented on the Greer Garson stage. As a graduate from SFUAD, I feel very privileged to have received an education on a full scholarship. It means a lot to me to be able to give back to the community."