Burundi – Death of musician Anthime Baransakaje (9 April 2017)


France was saddened to learn of the death, on April 9, of the great Burundian artist Anthime Baransakaje. It offers its condolences to his family, his troupe, and to the people of Burundi.

Although quite elderly, he performed recently at the head of the Royal Drummers of Burundi (Gishora Village), which popularized in Burundi and worldwide the sounds and movements linked to this tradition.

In 2014, France supported the inscription of the “ritual dance of the royal drum” – which the entire population of Burundi recognizes as a fundamental part of its heritage and identity – on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.