BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Center for the Arts at University at
Buffalo will present Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi on
Saturday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre in the Center
for the Arts, UB North Campus.
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 ancient African traditions and techniques
from father to son. In Burundi, drums are sacred and represent the
powers of fertility and regeneration. Through use of their drums
and the ancient rituals that surround them, the Royal Drummers and
Dancers of Burundi channel the primal energy and creative spirit of
African tradition into the ultimate rhythmic experience.
The rhythms of Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi are
performed on four separate types of drums. The large drums,
"Ingoma," are made from hollowed tree trunks covered with skin. The
"Amashako" drums provide a continuous beat, and the "Ibishikiso"
drums follow the rhythm of the central "Inkiranya" drum. The
thunderous sound of the drums, along with the graceful and athletic
dance that accompanies their performance, are an important part of
Africa's rich culture -- they were traditionally a part of sacred
ceremonies, such as births, funerals and the enthronement of
About Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi, The New York Times
has said, "A constant parade of players improvised on the central
drum, dancing to the rhythms, leaping or twirling drumsticks in the
air or around their necks…. It was all a celebration of
ability, the sheer pleasure of competitive creativity and
strikingly similar to what happens in a jazz jam session, more
virtuosic than sentimental."
Tickets for Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi are $26.50
general admission and $13.50 for students and children. Tickets are
available at the Center for the Arts Box Office (Monday through
Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and through tickets.com. To charge
tickets, call 1-888-223-6000. For more information, call
716-645-2787 or visit http://www.ubcfa.org.