THE HEARTBEAT OF MAINE
TIMELESS AND AGELESS, THE RHYTHM OF BURUNDI IS A TRULY
POWERFUL AND MESMERIZING EXPERIENCE
During the monarchy era in Mid-20th century, the King of Burundi held the privilege of owning the drums and commissioning them under exceptional circumstances, such as coronations and funerals.
Formerly, Batimbo was a name given to the families who had the honor of being the guardians of the sacred tradition of the drums. In fact, they were the only ones who could make, keep, and beat them for the king.
The tradition of Batimbo has been passed down from generation to generation, even as it gradually loses its ritual symbolism. Today, it has become more of an art, reserved for important performances and distinguished guests.
We have come to identify our Portland-based team of Burundi drummers as
The Heartbeat of Maine.
Our ritual dance is unique and represents Burundi culture in Maine and throughout America.
BURUNDI IS HOME TO THE SACRED DRUM
UNESCO INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF HUMANITY
A SPECTACLE COMBINING POWERFUL, SYNCHRONIZED DRUMMING WITH DANCING,
HEROIC POETRY AND TRADITIONAL SONGS
Batimbo United is a group of artists from Burundi who perform traditional drums and dances. We are located in Portland, Maine, and have members all around the United States. We perform for all sorts of ceremonies such as, weddings, public events, graduations, birthdays etc.
We welcome all walks of life to participate in sharing our culture.
For more information please contact us
With Love and Beats,
Creative Portland (207) 370-4784