The Bomas Harambee Dancers are the country’s national dance company par excellence, proudly representing the beauty and diversity of Kenya’s music and dance traditions since 1973.Local and international visitors can experience the delightful sounds and movements of Kenya in our daily cultural performances and/or add a note of culture to their events by hiring the dance troupe for an outside performance.
The troupe’s repertoire consists of over 50 dances from different ethnic communities. With live percussion, string and wind instruments, and diverse, authentic and energetic dancing, BomasHarambee Dancers will take you on an enchanting journey through Kenya.
Experience the rich diversity of Kenyan traditional music and dance in our daily cultural performances. Our repertoire consists of over 50 dances from different ethnic communities. With live percussion, string and wind instruments, and diverse, authentic and energetic dancing, BomasHarambee Dancers will take you on a journey through Kenya’s past and present.
From Western Kenya and the shores of Lake Victoria (Nyanza) through Rift Valley, Central and Eastern Kenya to North-eastern and Coastal Kenya, our daily shows display an array of diverse musical and dance traditions.
Some of the dances you can experience include the impressive Maasai Eunoto dance, the Kikuyu Circumcision dance, the spectacular Chuka drummers, Coastal Sengenya and Gonda dances, Swahili Taarab, NubiDholuka dance and many more.
From Thursday to Sunday, the daily shows also feature the fabulous Mambo Jambo acrobats, who showcase the best of acrobatics, including balancing, rope skipping, juggling, fire limbo, etc.
Schedule of Performances
Harambee Dancers Portfolio
The Bomas Harambee Dancers resident dance troupe was founded in 1973 and named in honor of the First President’s call for unity and cooperation in building the Kenyan Nation. Four decades later, the troupe is still active and its mission to preserve music and dance traditions of various ethnic communities of Kenya and to showcase them at the international arena still remains relevant. Apart from regular daily performances at the Bomas centre (Lang’ata Rd, Nairobi), Bomas Harambee Dancers frequently perform in both cultural and cooperate events, takes part in national celebrations and maintain the roots of cultural tourism development in the tourism industry. The troupe has thus travelled and performed all over the world at various forums, proudly representing Kenya as its national dance company.
Some of our recent international performances include Kenya Week at UNESCO, Paris (2014 & 2016); World Travel Market (WTM) in London (2014 & 2015); ITB in Berlin (2015 & 2016); INDABA Africa’s Travel Market in Durban, South Africa (2015); Africa Travel Mart (AKWAABA) in Lagos, Nigeria; Global Specialty Coffee EXPO in Seattle, USA (2017); World EXPO 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan;CABSAT EXPO 2018 in Dubai, UAE; and others
Download our full Portfolio here.
Hire of Harambee Dancers
Bomas Harambee Dancers perform at both corporate and private events in Nairobi and outside the metropolitan area. Our mission to display the best of Kenyan cultural music and dance translates here into dynamic and spectacular stage performance cutting across regions and communities.
Our stage shows are developed in consultation with the client in order to correspond to his/her needs and to the specific demands of event venues and audiences.We also offer acrobatic shows and dances from various part of Africa, in celebration of our unity in diversity
Some of our esteemed clients include: Kenya Tourism Board (KTB); Central Bank of Kenya; Kenya Railways; Carnivore Restaurant; International Organization for Migration (IOM); Kenya Airways; U.S. Embassy in Kenya; Uber Kenya; Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (CKRC); Barclays Bank Kenya; Kenya Defence College; NAMPAK; National Commission for UNESCO (NATCOM); Standard Chartered Bank; several County governments and National Ministries; etc
Entertain and educate your distinguished guests by adding the colours and sounds of Kenyan culture to your event!
Bomas of Kenya also collects and preserves cultural artefacts from various communities of our country. Our rich and diverse catalogue covers all regions and communities of Kenya and ranges from everyday use artefacts (such as e.g. stools, food and beverage containers) to artefacts reserved for special ceremonies (e.g. traditional circumcision knives, ritual masks, etc.).
These artefacts can be viewed at our Gallery space andare mostly used for educational and exhibition purposes.
Research & Library
The BoK library and multimedia centre was established with the mission of disseminating research findings and assisting students, teachers and researchers in accessing information on cultural music, dances and practices from various ethnic communities of Kenya.
The library’s catalogue consists of research reports and findings, books, periodicals, and audio, photo and video materials from conducted research missions, cultural festivals and performances.
Our library and multimedia centre are open from Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. (closed on weekends and public holidays).
Conditions of use:For all external users, access to the BoK library must be approved by the Management. Kindly equip yourself with an introduction letter from the institution of your affiliation (university, research institute) detailing the scope and purpose of your research. You will also be required to produce a copy of your national identification card (ID) or a corresponding foreign document. Note that certain materials may be loaned, while others are available for consultation within library premises only. For reproduction of materials, copyright laws apply.