Burundian Drummer Group Of Victoria
The heartbeat of Burundians resonates with the sound of the drum (INGOMA). This is why every time Burundians settle in a country, especially after the first hassle of settling in a new country, comes the desire to see and beat our curved, wood-based drums.
This is why in 2006 few months after the Australian Burundian Community in Victoria Inc. was launched, the community began the hunt for appropriate wood (Logs) to make the drums. They felt disconnected from Burundi and their culture. With 12 logs, a group of Burundians got together and made the drums under the supervision of Bosco Kaziri, an elder who is an expert in drum making and other group members: Fablice Manirakiza, Flowrain Irakiza, Ezechiel Ntirenganya, Hilary Bucumi.
Since then, the Burundian drums have made headlines in the world of cultural performances in Victoria, while Burundian drummers in Melbourne improved their skills through the many performances in different locations.