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Burundi drums are world heritage : commercial exploitation of drumming from now on prohibited

12-20-2014 On November 26th, Burundi’s royal drum dance was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture is implementing several plans to protect and safeguard it.-By Diane Uwimana In pre-colonial time, playing the drums regulated the activities of Burundi’s royal family. “Drums were played to (...)
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Teaching professional Burundian musicians

12-03-2014 A group of professional musicians from the Dutch organization Music Mission came to Burundi this Saturday to provide local musicians with tips and tricks to help them professionalize.-By Yves Didier Irakoze The team from Music Mission consists of professional musicians, artists and producers with the mission of helping African (...)
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Hit Radio hits the airwaves in Burundi

11-13-2014 Next month, Burundians will have a new radio station to listen to. According to theDirector of Hit Radio, the station will provide various educational programs as well as music.-By Yves Didier Irakoze “Burundian songs will be exported to other countries where Hit Radio broadcasts. That is the most valuable (...)
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National Security: a confusing speech by the Minister of Home Affairs

11-07-2014 In a meeting with religious leaders and the governors of the provinces, Edouard Nduwimana, the Minister of Home Affairs indicated that security is observed throughout the country. “The only crimes we hear of concern social conflicts especially land-based and witchcraft cases.”-By J.Berchmans Siboniyo Nevertheless, Mr. Nduwimana stated in the (...)

Rwanda- BBC broadcasts suspended over genocide film

11-03-2014 Rwanda has suspended BBC radio broadcasts in Kinyarwanda with immediate effect because of the release of the controversial documentary ‘The Untold Story’. The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency says it has received complaints of incitement, hatred, revisionism and genocide denial. On Wednesday, Rwandan MPs approved a resolution calling on the (...)
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‘Oktoberfest’ in Bujumbura

10-22-2014 On Friday 10 October 2014 Burundian brewer Brarudi organized the Amstel Beer Fest. Kibido, Kitoko and other Burundian stars performed.-By J.Berchmans Siboniyo The German Oktoberfest is taking over the world. The festival originates in München, Germany. It is the largest beer festival in the world and lasts about two (...)
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Burundi showcases its fashion in the Rwanda Cultural Fashion Week 2014

10-22-2014 Burundi was the only EAC country invited to the Rwanda Cultural Fashion Week 2014.–By Yves Didier Irakoze “We preferred to invite Burundi to this event because we appreciate talent. Burundi maintains its originality by preserving culture through fashion”, states one of the organizers of the event. Alice Anny Akingabiye, (...)
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African film makers join forces

10-09-2014 Burundi was represented by local filmmakers in the ‘Arusha African Film Festival’ from 20 to 27 September 2014, where plans for an East African Film Network were finalized.–By Yves Didier Irakoze “The Burundian feature film ‘I Mashoka’ by Jean Marie Ndihokubwayo and Pascal Capitolin received the GIZ-EAFN Award in (...)
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First edition of Bujumbura Gospel Fest

09-29-2014 The Gospel festival is organised this 4th-5th October by JELIM Premier Events. This event will gather various local and regional gospel artists.–By Yves Didier Irakoze According to Nadège Kabagenzi one of the organizers, the main objective of the event is to promote gospel music and Burundian gospel artists. “The (...)
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English is now official language of Burundi

09-17-2014 The National Assembly unanimously adopted a draft law on the status of languages including English as an official language, on 28 August 2014. Government officials are in the process of learning more about the language.-Diane Uwimana “The national language is Kirundi. The official languages are Kirundi and other languages (...)