Drums serve not only as the heartbeat of music, but echo our own heartbeats, providing an irresistible rhythm that moves us emotionally, physically, and sometimes even provides the soundtrack to our continued genesis. Considered to be one of the greatest percussion ensembles in the world, the Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi have passed their tradition from father to son for centuries. Though its origins are mysterious, the music played a part in ceremonies and rites of passage in their central African homeland, such as birth, funerals, and the enthronement of kings. The Royal Drummers have toured the world since the 1960's, playing a key role in the genesis of world music.
On Saturday, September 29, 8 p.m., Nazareth College Arts Center (4245 East Ave.) will present the Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi in the Callahan Theater. The audience will be enthralled by the woven rhythms of four types of handmade drums accompanied by solo and choreographed dances and swirling, colorful garments. Tickets to the performance cost $40-$70; to purchase or for more information, call 389-2170, or visit artscenter.naz.edu.