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The Royal Drummers & Dancers of Burundi

Presented by at The Grand Opera House

September 18, 2012

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The Royal Drummers & Dancers of Burundi

The Butler Lexus Broadway Series presents one of the greatest percussion ensembles in the world, the Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi have performed in the same way for centuries, passing down traditions and techniques from father to son. Their performances were traditionally a part of particular ceremonies, such as births, funerals and the enthronement of Kings. 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.

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 influenced British rock bands of the early 80s. It was seeing the drummers that inspired Thomas Brooman to organize the first World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) festival in 1982, an event that helped to spark the whole World Music boom. They have performed for sold out audiences around the world. Their live performances are the ultimate African drum experience.

 


The Grand Opera House

651 Mulberry Street
Macon, GA 31201

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Admission Info:

$8 for Students; $18 for Adults


General Day and Time Info:

September 18 at 7:30 p.m.
GrandKids performances: September 18 & 19 at 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.


Phone: 478-301-5470

Parking:

The parking lot is on the far side of the Grand on the right, and is open to the public in the evenings and on weekends.



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