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Penn Valley Learns About East African Cultures with Ugandan Artist Ssuuna

As part of their Black History Month programming, Penn Valley Elementary School recently welcomed Ugandan singer, songwriter and educator Ssuuna for an engaging and interactive assembly entitled Eda Ne Kakati (From Past to Present), which introduced students to the artistry of East African cultures through dance, music and storytelling.

Ssuuna’s charisma and energy were infectious as he shared and celebrated the cultures of East African countries like Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia, among others, through a combination of traditional and contemporary songs and dances performed using authentic African instruments, such as the thumb piano and one-stringed fiddle.

The program ultimately encouraged students to celebrate and respect cultural differences, noting that all cultures bring unique perspectives, traditions and values that enrich humanity. By acknowledging and appreciating these differences, we not only honor the heritage of others, but also gain invaluable insights into different ways of life.

A smiling student in the crowd
Ssuuna on stage at Penn Valley
Students learn a dance from their seats
Four students on stage with instruments
Smiling students in the crowd
Ssuuna on stage
Ssuunna with students on stage
Students singing and chanting about Africa with Ssuuna

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