GBC members of New York to plan a dedication of traditional Drum on November 26

 

PRESS RELEASE- Members of the Greater Bor Community in New York are dedicating a new drum on Thanksgivings weekend (November 26, 2011) in the City of Syracuse and they are inviting all Greater Bor Community members around the US to attend this Fall-Winter event. drum

“This event although it is being held in the middle of winter will be attended by many members of our community across the US”, said Yuot Mach Thon, the Chair of the organizing committee.

“We have invited the US Bor Community Leader, Deng Lueth Mayom, President, Greater Bor Community in the United States but he has other commitments and has delegated his role to the Vice President, Chiengkuach Mabil Majok, to represent the top leadership at this festival,” Said Mr. Yuot.

“We have also invited all Greater Bor three county chairs namely: Mabior Aciek Chaw (Bor South); Kuol Anyieth Kuol (Twic East); and Ariik Thon (Duk) and they all support what we are doing for our community. Both Mabior Aciek and Kuol Anyieth promised to delegate their roles to senior members of their administrations if they end up not attending. They are busy with their community affairs and chances are they may not attend the event. Ariik Thon is here in the City of Syracuse and he is actually helping organize this event as a member of New York community and he is one of the county chairs we know is attending because he is here and he is helping organize this event,” said Yuot Mach Thon.

“Let me emphasize we have nothing political about inviting the top leaders of our community and our counties; we just want them to bless what we are doing and then we go ahead and play for the whole day and night. We have been given a big space by the church to hold the dedication festivities that include formal speeches by the invited dignitaries, performances by our community members across the US who have composed new songs since the purchase of this new drum, the all-out dance, and then finalize with the modern music for those who cannot participate in Bor Dinka dance. We want our people to come to our city to check it out and have fun so that they can come back when we hold another event next time,” said Mr. Yuot Mach Thon.

“The winter is obviously going to affect the turnout but we have confirmed a sizable number of people who are traveling to Syracuse in the next few days for this thanksgivings weekend event. We have dedicated Greater Bor Community members who have composed Bor Dinka folk songs for this drum’s dedication and they will be given their chance to perform in front of the audience over the weekend. We also have elders from here to perform traditional Dinka Yai to show all of us the richness of our culture that is waning very fast in this fast changing world. The downside with holding the event in the winter is we will be inside the whole time. On the other hand, we cannot wait for the whole year to dedicate this drum that was flown here from Bor back then in September of this year. The New York community just felt it was a long wait and so we reached out to our people from other states and when they confirmed their attendance, we moved ahead with the plan. It is happening, period,” said Yuot Mach Thon.

“It is going to be different because we have retired the old songs once and for all. We cannot wait to circulate our new album to our people back home and around the world. We will not be surprised if people dancing on Bor Town Freedom Square sing our new songs composed here in the West. It is the message we want to send our brothers whom we purchased the drum from that we are on par with them. They kidded us during our negotiation that we just wasted our money for a drum we wouldn’t compose new songs for. Once we release the album, they will know that Acieek/Turuk/tueny (educated people) know their culture and they can contribute new songs too,” Mr. Yuot stressed.

Yuot Mach Thon emphasized that they have obligations to pass their culture to the young generation following them and that is what this festival and all festivities done around the US, Canada, and Australia are all about. They are all about making our children know where they came from and what they can do to keep their culture when we are long gone.

 


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