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Burundi bans women from playing traditional drums

November 2, 2017 7:46 AM
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Burundi bans women from playing traditional drums

Burundi's president, Pierre Nkurunziza, has introduced strict controls over the country's renowned drumming rituals, banning female drummers and limiting the sacred tradition to official events.

It says the "entire population of Burundi recognizes it as a fundamental part of its heritage and identity".

Today, the drums are played for entertainment: but for centuries they were a sacred rite, symbolic of a united kingdom -- a powerful memory for a country whose recent history has been scarred by civil war and political crisis.


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