Abdul Kinyenya Muyingo “Abdanger” 

Advisory Committee Member

Abdul Kinyenya also known as Abdanger is the Founder of Batalo East, an organization and company dedicated to developing well-rounded young people through traditional and urban dance education, festivals, workshops, outreaches, art consultations, theatre productions and social entrepreneurship.

 

He is an educator, choreographer, photographer and entrepreneur with a passion for catalyzing social development through the creative arts and business partnerships.

 

He has been a WIEF Young Leaders Network Fellow 2013, a Hip Hop dance Ambassador with the U.S. State Department in 2010 and a Mandela Washington fellow 2016, member of the International Society for performing artist (ISPA) etc.

He holds a Bachelors Degree in International Business from Makerere University Business School, Social Enterprise Certificate from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire USA.

 

Abdul is a grants advisor for the pollination project based in California working in Africa and worldwide. Co-founder and former Artistic Director of East Africa’s best-known company, Tabu Flo who won the young achievers award in 2011.

 

He was very fundamental in establishing breakdance project Uganda in 2006 a non-government organization-using dance for social positive change as a founder member.

 

He has been on the organizing committee of Laba arts festival the oldest arts festival in Kampala from 2013-2017.

Abdul is a co-founder of tiny freedom a movement of young people who create theatre performances and tailor-made workshops for very young audiences.

He was a “dance-fusion” instructor and creator of an enrichment, fitness and wellbeing concept at Ambrosoli and Gems Cambridge international school 2007-2013 and 2015-2017 respectively.

 

Abdul is also an accomplished facilitator in workshops and dialogues on dance movements and advocacy for the arts businesses in East Africa. Who has led different workshops across the world in dance schools, community centres, events, conferences in Vietnam, Cambodia, Germany, USA, Congo, Malaysia, Canada etc.

 

He has developed concepts for up cycling, including the Urban Market, an offshoot of Batalo East, which markets recycled/redesigned clothing to support sustainable programming and run a hip-hop flagship store called Bokisi at the National theatre.

 

Through his dedication to advocating for communities in need of a voice, he has choreographed, performed and produced works that have toured Europe, Asia, and Africa.

His works have focused on addressing social issues, entertainment, traditional African stories modernized including ‘ill-legitimate” about child labour,

 

The Speech (freedom of expression with Tabu flo), Fembi, typical with Jonzi D and Tabu flo performed at Re-generations in the UK, Myth of the night dancers performed at saddlers wells theater at breaking convention UK, food security in Karamoja, sustainable construction of safe greenhouses and water protection, Sisobola Kusa about climate change among others.

 

 With a great passion for arts, advocacy and economic independence, he continues with his dedication to social developments.

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