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Traditional Burundian drummers perform at a public event in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura (Andreas31 / CC by SA 3.0)

Burundi Drums Beat the Ancient Memories of Unity (Video)

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The tradition of Burundi drums holds a profound cultural significance that stretches back through the ages. These remarkable instruments, known as "Goma," have been an integral part of the country's heritage and were once deeply entwined with its religious and political life. The Goma, or royal drums, were not mere musical instruments; they carried a sacred aura and served as a symbolic representation of unity for the kingdom. The rhythms they produced were believed to resonate with the divine and provide protection to the land.

During times of conflict and uncertainty, the beats of the drums were a source of comfort, instilling a sense of assurance that the nation was under the watchful eye of a higher power. As a testament to their cultural importance, the Goma were included on UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage list, preserving their legacy for future generations. While their modern-day role has evolved to include entertainment, the ancient ways of playing and dancing to the Goma have been carefully passed down through the years. The deep-rooted connection to these drums remains a vital aspect of Burundi's identity.

Top image: Traditional Burundian drummers perform at a public event in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura (Andreas31 / CC by SA 3.0)

By Robbie Mitchell

 
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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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