Trio-ethnic (Hutu-Tutsi-Twa) Royal Drumming masters of Burundi performing their exceptional drumming and acrobatic dancing styles at Bujumbura, Burundi. Artist like Bow Wow Wow, Adam and the Ants have copied their styles in their acts.
THE ROYAL DRUMMERS OF BURUNDI: DRUMMERS OF PEACE AND ONE OF THE WORLD`S GREATEST PERCUSSION ESEMBLES
Since the 1960's the Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi have toured outside of their country, becoming a popular attraction at concert halls and festivals around the world. Their massed drum sound, or the "Burundi beat" as it became known, also caught the ear of Western musicians and they appeared on Joni Mitchell's, The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975).
Their distinctive sound also influenced British rock bands of the early 1980's, such as Adam and the Ants, and Bow Wow Wow. It was seeing the drummers that inspired Thomas Brooman to organize the first WOMAD festival in 1982, an event that helped to spark the whole World Music boom.
The Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi were recorded at Real World Studios in 1993 and released the live album on the Real World Label. Other recordings followed including The Master Drummers of Burundi in 1994 and The Drummers of Burundi in 1999. In 2006 the Company undertook a Sold Out six week coast to coast tour of the United States of America and Canada and will return to North America in the Fall of 2012 to undertake a coast to coast tour of the United States and Canada.
Their live performances are the ultimate African drum experience.
BY: Kweku Darko Ankrah