FORUS CREW RHYTHM OF SUCCESS
Believe it or not, dancing is one of the oldest and most expressive forms of communication known to humankind even before written language became a thing. Human history shows us the integral role dance played in various cultures across the globe; people danced to communicate, to seduce and as a form of worship. It accompanied ancient rituals, spiritual gatherings and social events and became embedded into our nature as a form of expression.
Earliest discoveries show that ancient dances originated in “9000-year-old India or 5300-year-old Egypt”, fast forward to the year 2020 and dance is still a central part of our African arts and culture. Here in Malawi, we are home to one of the most electric group of dancers you will ever come across in these modern times: Forus Crew.
Nelson Deogratias, Princo Bulenda, Ally Bulenda, Toussaint Kib, Alain Bonane and Grace Marara are Forus Crew, an eclectic and captivating dance crew from Dzaleka Refugee sCamp located in Dowa District, around 50 km from Lilongwe.The DR Congo natives have delivered numerous number of electric performances on major stages such as Ufulu Festival, Tumaini Festival, UMP Awards and Lake of Stars,where they danced for Major Lazor, Moonchild and DeeJay Lag. They have also featured in the music videos of some of Malawi’s top artists such as Sangie, Hazel Mak, Tay Grin, KIM of Diamonds, Gwamba and Janta to name a few. Delivering dance routines that reflect more than international standards, but rather their hard-working team spirit, undeniably making a major contribution to Malawian and African culture of dance and arts as well as paving the way for future youths who will pursue dance as a hobby or career choice.
“Our favourite genres of music to dance to are: hip-hop, dancehall and afro-beat because of the vibe they give us when we are dancing. The crowd usually goes crazy too, which tells us how much they enjoy watching us dance to those types of rhythmic music,” says Forus Crew.
“From our experience as young people, we see how most youths do not take education as a serious matter, perhaps because of the environment in which live where it’s sometimes easy to lose hope for the future . Most of us, our passion lies in art, others would rather stay at home doing nothing,” Forus Crew say. After individual self-reflection and not wanting to end up idle without a clear future, Forus Crew were brought together by the common pursuit of creating a life that would steer them clear from drug and alcohol addiction; what most youths their age end up involved in. For some young people, a lifestyle of idleness and addiction seems inevitable, a means of dealing with harsh realities surrounding them on a daily basis. Dropping out of school is a common occurrence, with others never having stepped foot in a school to begin with and for girls, early pregnancies hamper any prospects of pursuing an education to university level.
“The best part about being a part of Forus Crew is that it keeps us busy so we don’t have time to be vagabonds,” they say in agreement. With five hours a day practice schedule, the Crew believes they are where they are today, as one of Malawi’s top and hardworking dance crews because they have always believed in what they do and the hard work they put in. Each one of them strives towards becoming financially independent and trend-setters on a global scale. Five years from now, Forus Crew envisions a fully equipped dance studio of their own where they will continue to rise as a collective known for delivering ground-breaking performances across African and global stages.
“Working as a group of unique individuals, it takes discipline to make the team work but we know for a fact that hard work does pay off,” Forus Crew says. Aside from dancing, you will find them spending their time playing basketball, making music and painting.
Their message to fellow young people is always humble yourself and steer clear from the path of drugs that can easily deter you from your God-given purpose.