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Dayton Metro Library Joins Urban Nights Festivities With Burundian Drummers


The Dayton Metro Library joins the festivities of Urban Nights on September 12 with lively, colorful performances by the Royal Court Burundian Drummers. The drummers, popular at World A'Fair, Cityfolk and the African-American Festival, will perform at 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in Cooper Park at the Main Library, 215 E. Third Street. In case of rain, they will perform inside the Library.

The Burundian Drummers follow centuries of tradition, playing drums made of hollowed tree trunks covered with animal skins, each with different sacred meaning. Members of the ensemble take turns playing the various drums, rotating throughout the performance without interruption.

"The drum remains an instrument that is both popular and revered," said Dieudonne Nsabimana, Founder and President of the Burundian Cultural and Educational Association (BCEA). Performances by the drummers help the BCEA carry out its mission to preserve cultural heritage among Dayton's Burundian community and facilitate cultural exchange.

Also during Urban Nights, an exhibit, "Under Our Noses: Modern Day Slavery and What You Can Do About It," will be on display in the Main Library Auditorium. A reception with refreshments takes place at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit, coordinated by the University of Dayton Women's Center and the Dayton International Peace Museum, sheds light on the issue of human trafficking through student artwork and local photography. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Urban Nights is a free celebration of arts, dining, nightlife, music and urban living in downtown Dayton, sponsored by the Downtown Dayton Partnership.

For more information about the Dayton Metro Library's participation in Urban Nights, call the External Relations Department at 937-496-8901.

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