About Crane Performers

Crane Performers was established and founded on 16 December 2001 by Gordon Kayovu & Benedict Muhigo who were professional accountants working with PricewaterhouseCoopers. The drive to put up a performing troupe was hatched between these two people as they were closely sharing their respective backgrounds in one of the evenings as they were preparing for their ACCA examinations at Strathmore College – Nairobi. In their discussion, they both discovered that they had managed to acquire their secondary education through Music, Dance and Drama hence the conclusion to start a dance troupe that would help restore self confidence of the poor and orphans whose parents’ lives have been claimed by the deadly scourge of AIDS and the  un ending war in northern Uganda.

Gordon was further inspired by his father, Lt. George Kayovu (R.I.P) who toiled so much for the development of the African cultural performing Arts. After the death of his father, he found it vital to continue with the good works that his father had started of identifying, developing and exposing the young talented folk musicians especially the needy children. Though he died a soldier, he is greatly remembered in great schools like Kings College Buddo, Gayaza High School, Kampala Parents School, Buganda Road Primary School & Namilyango College, and in institutions like Ndere Troupe, National Theatre, Namirembe Cathedral, Bunamwaya Church & the UPDF, for a great and unique talent he had in the field of Music, Dance & Drama. Daddy, I will forever live to treasure you & the works of your hands, may your soul rest in eternal peace.

The success in forming the troupe was backed by the excellent ability to organise and set up a well organised group of talented, disciplined and energetic youths and adults. Since its formation, the troupe has only been able to exist due to its strongly rooted foundation on a God fearing group of people.

Although the Troupe embraces a humanitarian and development objective towards improving the lives of the poor but highly talented, disciplined, and energetic youths, orphans and children from poor and helpless families, all efforts to have the troupe registered as an NGO seemed cumbersome and in the meantime, the directorship has thought to have a temporary solution. As a result, the troupe was registered under the registrar of companies as a company limited by shares and was successfully incorporated on 8 December 2006.

Mission

Embracing Uganda’s rich traditional folk cultural diversity.

Goal

To become a centre for Uganda’s finest quality of traditional folk entertainment.

Objectives of the troupe

  • Identification of young talented folk musicians especially orphans whose parents have succumbed to the deadly scourge of AIDS and war in northern Uganda and help them restore self confidence;
  • Educate and develop the talents of the members so as to enhance their ability to acquiring the required basic needs of life;
  • Preserve and promote Uganda’s rich and diversified cultural music and dances;
  • Show the importance and value of African folk music and dances, customs and musical instruments and their contribution to the international folk lore industry.
  • Provision of a cultural and relaxed environment to both local and international communities at parties, Cocktails, Opening and launching ceremonies, and all other functions as and when called upon;
  • Facilitate the generation and dissemination of knowledge and technologies that meet the needs of the poor and marginalised communities;
  • Facilitate drawing the attention of communities to important issues and influencing solutions on behalf of the Governments, donors, policy makers, community leaders and others; and
  • Generate and mobilise funds to support the vulnerable communities especially orphans and children displaced through wars and loss of parents due to HIV/AIDS and other diseases through providing shelter, food, health, care, formal and informal education, vocational skills and set income generating projects to enhance their livelihoods.