International Education Week: College of Fine Arts Lecture – East African Lifestyle Through Music and Dance
Presented by Peter Kasule
Music, dance and rhythms are the voices of Africa. During the session we will explore the roots of dance, the singing of call and response as a form of communication, and the intricate syncopated rhythms that make up the daily African lifestyle. We will explore the fact that we cannot have music or dance without the African daily lifestyle; both are intertwined. We will learn that every rhythm played is a word spoken, and every word has a movement translated into a dance.
Peter Kasule is a musician, composer, and choreographer. The founding Artistic Director of Spirit of Uganda, Kasule researches, creates, and arranges all repertory; he casts and rehearses the troupe, and produces the company’s music recordings.
Kasule was born in Kampala, Uganda in 1981. Having lost his parents to AIDS, he lived at the Daughters of Charity Orphanage from 1989-96. In 1994, Kasule traveled to Germany for the International Children’s Festival where his dance troupe was awarded “Best Performers.” In 1996 he accepted an invitation from Alexis Hefley to attend Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas where he established himself as an award-winning musician.
Supported by Empower African Children’s US Scholarship Program, Peter earned a degree from the College of Santa Fe in 2007 in music technology, with a focus on composition and recording and an interest in blending African and Western music. After graduation, he worked at the World Bank in Washington, DC as an audio/visual engineer. Peter was an original member of the Children of Uganda company and served as that group’s director from 2004-2006. In addition to overseeing all of Empower African Children’s artistic initiatives, Peter is involved in developing other opportunities for young Ugandans. He partners with Father Joseph Luzindana, working as a sound technician during retreats and other religious events. He is also the sound technician at the YES Center (Youth Encountering the Savior). Peter has established a recording studio in Kampala. As a producer, performer, and DJ his work is seen and heard throughout Uganda. Peter is married and father to three children.