ZOMBO. Traditional chiefs across Alur kingdom have condemned what they termed as adulteration of the cherished Alur traditional songs.
The chiefs cited the common 'Agwara’ and ‘Ndara' traditional dances where people have replaced the educative traditional lyrics with their own obscene words.
They said this is contrary to the essence of the Alur traditional dances and folk tales which among others, seek to convey messages of hard work, peace, unity, courage in face of adversity and merry-making.
The kingdom Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Vincent Orach Ochaya said in a telephone interview on Thursday that their next meeting with the chiefs will also discuss modalities on how to safeguard the Alur cultural values including the traditional dances.
He said the Alur cultural institution is mandated to safeguard its cultural identities which are demonstrated in its songs, dances, regalia and other cultural activities.
"We are going to look into this matter with the utmost urgency it deserves because it is very dangerous to our culture especially the young generation to whom we pass on to our cultural heritage," he said.
Mr Ochaya implored the chiefs to take full charge of their areas of jurisdiction to act and reprimand people who by their actions, words and ideologies compromise the Alur cultural values.
"Sometimes our traditional dances are organized by individuals who leave out the traditional leaders who are the ’gatekeepers' of whatever transpires during and after the cultural events," he complained.
Prince Rajab Nason Rubanga of Omua chiefdom, Zombo district condemned what he termed as the disgusting moral decadence of, especially the youth whom he accused of orchestrating vulgarity and reckless dancing strokes during traditional dances.
He revealed at least one person was arrested by traditional leaders and handed over to the police last Sunday for allegedly singing obscene words during an 'Agwara' dance organized at Nguthe in Paidha town council.
According to Mr Rubanga, the suspect and others still at large will be fined not less than two goats if found guilty.
"We are coming out strongly against the vice and the fine will vary according to the nature of obscenity," he warned.
Mr Simone Onenu, a Boda Boda rider in Paidha said it's unfortunate that 'Agwara' dance which used to be one of the most respectable cultural events in Alur land has evolved into something negative.
He urged the cultural institutions not to remain silent on what he said is a sign of moral decay which must be corrected early before the children think the disgusting words are what makes the dance enjoyable.