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DRUMMERS OF BURUNDI, OCTOBER 6

September 14, 2006
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
THE ROYAL DRUMMERS OF BURUNDI
MOMBASA PARTY
TWO PERFORMANCES!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2006, 8:00 P.M. &
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2006, 8:00 P.M.


Fairfax, Virginia, September 8, 2006—Taarab—a traditional acoustic music—is a cultural hybrid, influenced by the sounds of East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Popular today in Tanzania and Kenya, Taarab is many things to many people, but remains essentially an “island” sound. The Royal Drummers of Burundi, showcase this unique artform in two performances of Mombasa Party at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7 at 8PM.

Traditionally used during the celebration of village milestones, the Drummers channel history and ritual into the exuberant and enthusiastic performances that have earned them the title of one of the greatest percussion ensembles in the world today. Passing tradition and technique from father to son, this revered ensemble has performed this music for centuries.

The thunderous sound—the large “Ingoma” drums are fashioned from hollowed tree trunks covered with skin, the “Amashako” provide a continuous beat, and “Ibishikiso” follow the rhythm of the central “Inkiranya” drum—combines with graceful and athletic dance.

Since the 1960s, the Drummers of Burundi have toured the world over, impressing musicians of all genres and leading them to engagements outside their realm. For example, they made a guest appearance on Joni Mitchell’s 1975 recording “The Hissing of Summer Lawns,” and ‘80s artists like Adam and the Ants and Bow Wow Wow have credited the Drummers of Burundi with influencing their musical direction. The ensemble also inspired the creation of the first World Music and Dance Festival (WOMAD) in 1982, an event credited with sparking the entire World Music boom.

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