A partnership project between the Institute of Musicology in Gitega under the direction of the director Dr. Justin Baransananikiye and Dr. Edda Brandes, president of BENKADI e.V.

We are still at the very beginning of field research in Burundi, the first of which took us to the communities of Itaba, Giheta and Bugendana in the Kirimiro region. Most of the “villages” here are located on one of the thousand hills of the lush agricultural land. The women’s dances are accompanied by choral singing and some musical instruments such as the musical bow Umuduri, the lamellophones Ikembe and sometimes a drum. Within two years, two more field researches will be carried out and a DVD and book publication will be made.

Funded by the CULTURAL DEPARTMENT of the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.