Friday, May 23, 2014

Burundian Drummers

 Who would think That The U.S. Ambassador would sit next to us, and who would know that's who SHE was?   Dancing last night was a cultural experience.   Lake Tanganyika Hotel / Club was a busy place.   We met an entourage from Russia; a saxophone player, beautiful white girl from Germany who works with a company here to keep the peace; a businessman from France who is a bank consultant and another group from Italy. We also met the singer ,Natacha, the owner's wife.   Who knows how many other countries were represented along with the Burundians and two American Missionaries in a quiet little restaurant where the band played good dance music.  The only reason we knew "Who's Who" was that a member of the Branch Presidency and his fiancé (Amabile & Freida) went with us. He would whisper to David, "That woman is the U.S. ambassador, there is the owner, etc. .."  The only person with enough confidence to talk to every one of them was, you know who, Elder Van.   He had a hay day learning all about these interesting people and the dancing was good too. We got a Samba, Rumba, Swing, and a line dance.

The Burundian drummers, who have put Burundi on the map, were there when we first arrived. We walked over, but it was a private party.   However, Amabile saw someone he knew who invited us in to watch. They were amazing! One of the the dancers was jumping so high.  He could fling his feet over his head and still land on his bare feet on the cement floor.  Google "Burundi Drummers". There are pictures and videos online.   

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