Adult $25, Senior $20, Student $20, W&L Faculty & Staff $20, W&L Student $10, Active Military $20
One of the greatest percussion ensembles in the world, the Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi have been touring the world since the 1960s. Their vibrant power and precision on twenty drums originally accompanied kings of this central African nation. The origins of their performance being shrouded in ancient legend and mystery, the Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi channel the energy and creative spirit of a nation through these drums and the rituals surrounding them. The thunderous sound of the drums with the graceful yet athletic dance that enhances this masterful performance represents an important part of Burundi's musical heritage. Their live performances are the ultimate African drum experience!
For centuries, the monarch's rule and the people's harvest have been bolstered by the reverberating and celebratory procession of the country's drummers and dancers. The drummers rotate during the performance, playing different instruments and taking rest breaks to create a continuous stream of music. Some of the Royal Drummers of Burundi are also dancers, and a performance traditionally begins with a procession and dance in which the drummers enter with their instruments on their heads, singing and dancing while they set up.
Sponsored in part by the Class of ’64 Performing Arts Fund.