Royal Drummers & Dancers of Burundi to perform at Coe

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2012-10-17 14:46:28 - General

The Royal Drummers & Dancers of Burundi will perform in a Coe College Marquis Series event on Monday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

The Coe College Marquis Series presents the Royal Drummers & Dancers of Burundi on Monday, Oct. 29, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. One of the greatest percussion troupes in the world, this group is rooted in centuries of tradition.

Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available by calling the Coe Box Office at 319-399-8600, Monday - Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., or at the door the night of the event.

Traditions and techniques of the Burundi are passed down from father to son, and such performances were part of ceremonies, like births funerals and the enthronement of kings. The scared and symbolic drums are central to the Burundi. The thunderous sounds of the four drums, "Ingoma," "Amashako," "Ibishikiso" and "Inkiranya" represent, along with the king, the powers of fertility and regeneration. Performances are a fusion of grace and athleticism executed with energy and creative spirit, creating a masterful representation of Burundi musical heritage.

This athletic display of improvised dancing and drumming around the stage is "sheer pleasure" says the New York Times.

The Coe College Lecture and Performance Series is funded in part by a gift from the estate of Sarah Marquis in honor of her father, Dr. John A. Marquis, who was president of Coe College from 1909-1920. The purpose of the series is to bring entertainment and educational experiences to the Coe campus for the benefit of the entire community.

For more information, go to or call 399-8600.