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National Day ABCO Chairperson speech

Burundi

Burundi is a small country on the northern shores of Lake Tanganyika bounded to the north by Rwanda, the west by the Democratic Republic of Congo and the east by Tanzania. It has the second highest population density in Sub-Saharan Africa.

About the Burundi Flag

The national flag of Burundi was adopted on March, 1967. The green colour symbolizes hope, the white symbolises purity, and red the struggle for independence. The flag has a basic white saltire that divides the field into four areas, two green, and two red. In the centre is a circle that contains three stars which stand for the three major ethnic groups of Burundi: the Hutu, the Twa and the Tutsi. The three stars also stand for the three elements of the national motto: unity, work and progress.

Background

The Australian Burundian Community Organisation in NSW is a community based not for profit organisation established by people from a Burundian background or with an interest in supporting Burundians. The Organisation aims to bring together Burundians or those with an interest in the welfare of Burundians to provide support and unify people from a Burundian background. 

The Organisation is the result of a number of community meetings, first with elders and later with general community members. Feedback has been sought via rigorous community consultation throughout the process.

The development process has included engagement with community members who have been involved in the Rwandan Burundian Organisation, Western Sydney Burundian Community and Burundian Women’s Organisation.

Some demographics

Main languages: Kirundi, French (administrative)

Main religions: Christianity (mainly Roman Catholicism), traditional beliefs

Population groups include Hutus 7.1 million (est., 85%, 2007 CIA Fact-book), Tutsis 1.2 million (est., 14%, CIA Fact-book) and Batwa 30,000-40,000 (0.4-0.5%, est UNIPROBA, Batwa campaign group). The last census was in 1978, and the last census that surveyed ethnicity took place in the 1930s.

Burundian Drummers

Royal Drummers of Burundi

 

The royal drummers of Burundi are a famous percussion band of Burundi. They mainly perform in royal ceremonies, funerals and birth occasions. For centuries, this tradition has been passing down from generation after generation. The royal drummers of Burundi use Amashako, Inkiranya, Ibishiko drums during their performance, among which Inkiranya, is the main drum.

Drums used by them are made out of tree trunks that are covered with skins of animal. The members of the group play the drum one at a time. The dance is arranged in such a way that each of the member gets the opportunity of playing the drums. Before starting their performance, the drummers carry the drums on their heads and enter the stage playing and singing. The royal drummers of Burundi perform a number of rhythms that are generally accompanied with a song. There are some members in the group who carry the ornamental shields and spears and the lead the drummers. At the end of their performance, they exit in the same manner.

The master drummers of Burundi have gained international recognition and have toured various parts of the world. The group has also recorded three popular albums namely, Live at Real World, Batimbo (Musiques Et Chants) and The Master Drummers of Burundi. All these albums have received world wide popularity.

 The country claimed independence on July 1, 1962, and legally changed its name from Ruanda-Urundi to Burundi. Mwami Mwambutsa IV was named king. On September 18, 1962, just over a month after declaring independence from Belgium, Burundi joined the United Nations. 

 An Independence Day is an annual celebration commemorating the anniversary of a nation’s assumption of independent statehood, usually after ceasing to be a colony or part of another state, more rarely after the end of a military occupation. Most countries honor their respective independence day as a national holiday and some countries or nations’ independence-date honors are contested. Not all countries have independence days, instead they celebrate another national day. 

ABCO National Day

A party is a gathering of people who have been invited by a host for the purposes of socializing, conversation, or recreation. A party will typically feature food and beverages, and often music and dancing as well.