The Drummers of Burundi announce European tour

Legendary Central African drumming group The Drummers of Burundi have announced a run of European dates throughout October and November 2018.

This will be the band’s first full tour of Europe since 2015, and it will be a rare opportunity to witness a truly mesmeric performance which has earned legendary status for fans of world music.

The Drummers of Burundi first took the UK by storm at the legendary inaugural WOMAD Festival in 1982. They have been a major influence on such musicians as The Clash, Joni Mitchell, Echo and the Bunnymen, Adam and the Ants, Malcolm McLaren and Bow Wow Wow.

Tour Dates

24 Oct BERLIN Huxleys Neue Welt
25 Oct GRONINGEN De Oosterpoort
26 Oct ROTTERDAM Grounds
28 Oct TILBURG Theaters Tilburg
31 Oct TURNHOUT Cultuurhuis De Warande
02 Nov AMSTERDAM Muziekgebouw
08 Nov CHENÔVE Le Cèdre
13 Nov MASSY Paul B
15 Nov DREIEICH Bürgerhaus Sprendlingen
16 Nov LONGLAVILLE Espace Culturel Jean Ferrat
18 Nov RENNES Le Triangle
28 Nov NOISY-LE-SAC Théâtre des Bergeries

'The Jungle Line' by Joni Mitchell features a field recording of the Drummers of Burundi
  • Live at Real World

    The Drummers of Burundi

    Released 09 March 1992

    The formidable rhythms of Burundi's most celebrated musical exports might have been heavily co-opted by Adam & The Ants and Bow Wow Wow along the way, but the sound remains all theirs. The Drummers were the heroes of the first-ever WOMAD Festival in 1982 and, ten years later, pitched up at Real World Studios where they immortalised their art with this deeply hypnotic performance. Raw, heady and immediate, this record is a one-way ticket to the pumping heart and soul of the mother continent.

By Online Editor

Main image: The Drummers of Burundi at WOMAD. Photo credit: Francis Drake.

Published on Thu, 27 September 18

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