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Historical Evidence Re-Discovered Regarding Intore in Kingdom of Rwanda

December 9, 2016 -- Efforts continue by His Late Majesty's advisers to honor the de jure Kingdom of Rwanda. Audio recordings have been found within Hugh Tracey's International Library of African Music that includes music of the Kingdom of Rwanda from 1952. This music was during the reign of H.M. King Mutara III, and it was seven years before H.M. King Kigeli V became Mwami. Within this work, which includes several Royal drum rhythms, praise songs, a hunting song, a love song, and five Abiru rhythms, there are three Intore songs. This further demonstrates the existence of the noble warrior class with the designation of Intore and that these noble warriors were part of the Court of the Mwami, exactly as His Late Majesty King Kigeli always maintained. A compact disc of this music, published by SWP Records, contains these notes about the Intore songs:

16, Ikizire, 17, Ingaju, two tunes for intore dance, by the Royal Amakondera Horn Band, recorded at Nyanza, 1952. "Accompanied by 2 drums, one conical, laced, closed, one long cylindrical, pinned." This music accompanied the famous and gracious Tutsi dance. Intore means literally 'The Chosen Ones' [it also means Lion] and young nobles, sent to the court to be taught how to govern and fight, also learned this aristocratic dance-form. There was a very competitive element between the dance teams, each striving to be the best, as the dance was meant to impress upon the Mwami the agility and loyalty of the warriors. The dance was a suite of rhythms and choreographies - we hear two of them here - with a horns introduction by the pigmoids. But intore was not exclusively danced by Tutsi[s] - it has been recorded that during Musinga's reign there were also Hutu teams, and also Twa dancers. The five amakondera horns are umarangi, insengo, rugunda, inkanka, and incuragane; the laced drum is called ruharage and the pinned one ingaraba.

18, Kyarutema, intore dance song, by the musicians of Chief Biniga, recorded at Shangugu, 1952. Played with amakondera horns and drum. "Song for the intore dancers and their imihamilizo dance, the traditional Tutsi dance. The opening cadenza by the leading horn player well demonstrates the technique of horn playing." Imihamilizo was one of the rhythms of the intore dance.

His Late Majesty's senior advisers are pleased that this evidence has been re-discovered, and it further evidences the historicity of the Intore honour, which evolved into the Order it presently is.


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