Nantawetwa Junction honors His Majesty the King as He travels from His palace (Lubiri) to His office Bulange/ Parliament, He must pass through this roundabout with subjects on the sides.
Consequently, no one else beside the king is allowed to pass through the Nantawetwa. The
roundabout had seen many structural adjustments till the recent long drum monument. Its
located in the middle of the Royal Mile road.
The name, which means the one who cannot be bent or coiled, is one of the kings many titles. Consequently, no one else beside the king is allowed to pass through the Nantawetwa. The roundabout had seen many structural adjustments till the recent long drum monument. Its located in the middle of the Royal Mile road.
The Monument and its Facts
The monument stands at 11 metres in height, 3 metres diameter split into two (2) and 3m deep. The large two halves of the long drum hoist a shield with two spears representing the historical symbol for Buganda mighty protection against adversaries. The design also includes all the clans totems on the base of the drive way. The two halves seat on architectural based like tree trunks.
It’s made up of still hollow pipes and cement.
Significance of the Long drum (Engalabi)
Drums in the African tradition bring the power that drives a performance. Music is not
merely entertainment, but is rather ultimately bound to visual and dramatic arts as well as the
larger fabric of life. Drums may be used for "talking," that is, sending information and signals
by imitating speech. Drumming music and dance are almost always an accompaniment for
any type of ceremony: birth, marriages, work and funerals.
The long drum monument signifies the entertaining and happy Buganda.
The engalabi (long drum) is also referred to as “engoma ensajja” (male drum). This
traditional drum has a head made of a reptile’s hide and is attached to a wooden resonant
cavity (a slim lower part). This is a single-walled drum. Wooden little rods are pressed into
the skin, with the wooden resonant body being decorated.