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Batimbo

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Batimbo Review

by John Storm Roberts

Tiny, tragic Burundi produces more kinds of soul-snaring music than many a country ten times its size. The most striking is the eerily beautiful whispered singing that accompanies the inanga zither. But whether the majesty of the (formerly) royal drummers, the intimacy of a finger piano, the delicate charm of a women's duet, there's a special eloquence to the idioms of this moon-mountain land.

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