KigeziNdoto: A Hook for Dreams by Mũmbi Kaigwa

In early 2005, I was invited to write a new script for performance at The Wereld Muziek Theatre Festival. In 2006 KigeziNdoto, the product of three-months writing and rehearsal, toured Holland, Belgium and Italy; the show is a musical performance celebrating African heroes and providing an African perspective on Kenyan history.

KigeziNdoto: A Hook for Dreams is the second part of a trilogy, which includes The Voice of a Dream and They Call Me Wanjikũ. The performers examine the dreams of East Africans through music, dance and story, looking at pre- and post-colonial history and the lessons that might be learned today from our past.

Using traditional music, dance and African storytelling, the performers celebrate an emerging pride in their heritage, exploring the importance of memory and of keeping memory alive, as they find a “Hook for their Dreams”.

Tukitimiza ndoto zetu, tutakuwa wapi?

The show’s main subject of post-colonial history deals with a people’s fragility; arguing that all people are capable of great things and that by bringing our collective attention towards the importance of believing in ourselves and of holding fast to our dreams, we find answers to the burning questions related to our individual and collective future.

In 2010, and after four years of fundraising, we were able to take this performance to the people it was written for – East Africans. We thank the Royal Netherlands Embassy, the African Heritage Design Company, UNDP Kenya, Stichting Doen and HIVOS, who came on board as partners with The Arts Canvas to take KigeziNdoto to audiences around Kenya and Tanzania.