Bu­rundi bans women on drums

Saturday Star - - NEWS -

BUJUMBURA: With all the prob­lems Bu­rundi is fac­ing, in­clud­ing ac­cu­sa­tions of mas­sive hu­man rights abuses and politi­cal un­rest, the coun­try has de­cided to fo­cus on ban­ning drum­ming at un­of­fi­cial events, the BBC re­ported.

The ban is an at­tempt by the coun­try to pre­serve the pu­rity of the age-old prac­tice that is in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised.

The rit­u­als are said to awaken the spir­its of the an­ces­tors and drive out evil spir­its.

All groups seek­ing to per­form “cul­tural shows” must now reg­is­ter with the min­istry of cul­ture and are not al­lowed to per­form out­side of of­fi­cial cer­e­monies with­out per­mis­sion, a de­cree signed by President Pierre Nku­run­z­iza says.

It also bans women from play­ing drums.

“It is strictly for­bid­den to those of the fe­male sex to beat drums. They can, how­ever, carry out fe­male folk dances ac­com­pa­ny­ing the drums,” the de­cree states.- ANA

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