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HEMISPHERES | Music of the World
Fri. 16 December 2016, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm AWST
BURUNDI BAND & PEACE CHOIR
supported by ABOBO TRACKS
Friday 16 December 2016, 8pm
Doors open 7pm
Born out of a desire to stage a broad selection of world music, HEMISPHERES builds upon the legacy left behind by Kulcha, the popular and long-lived Fremantle world music venue which closed earlier this year. Fremantle based musician Mark Cain has been a founding pillar of staging world music in Western Australia for the last three decades. HEMISPHERES is the result of a new collaborative approach between Mark Cain and PSAS, where world music can continue to develop and manifest in a re-energised and vibrant environment.
ABOUT FLAMENCO PURO
A group of skilled and charismatic performers dedicated to the art of Flamenco in its purest expression. This Flamenco collective is the only one of its kind in Western Australia and delivers an uthentic and dynamic interpretation of this ancient discipline. Leaving the audience moved and energized, Flamenco Puro features guitarist José Giraldo, singer Manolo Muñoz and dancers Farida Rabih and Emma Macmillan.
ABOUT BURUNDI BAND & PEACE CHOIR
The backstory to this group is one of survival in the wake of the Burundian Civil War (1993-2006). Members of the Burundi Band and Peace Choir are from the Twa community (also known as Batwa pigmies), the oldest recorded inhabitants of the Great Lakes region in central Africa. During and post civil war, the Twa have been a relentlessly persecuted minority in Tutsi and Hutu dominated Burundi, one of Africa’s most impoverished nations. Traditionally hunters, potters and musicians, the Twa were forced from their forest edge homelands by government policies of forest clearing for agriculture, logging and the creation of conservation areas, with no offers of compensation to the Twa for taken land. Many fled to neighbouring Tanzania, including members of the band and its leader, Jean Philip Irambona, but lived in a constant state of fear there for the next eleven years. This brings us to Perth where Mr Irambona and a small community of refugee Twa have called home since 2006 and where singing, dancing and playing music together has become a means to overcome the trauma caused by the war. After a three-year stint in Katanning, where employment opportunities proved scarce, this close knit and resilient community of musicians, singers and dancers has returned to Perth with fresh hopes and the prospect of a new album release in 2017.
PS Art Space are delighted to have the Flamenco Puro, and Burundi Band & Peace Choir to launch the HEMISPHERES series.