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Country Burundi Genres band Festival Sauti za Busara 2006
Formed by a group of young people between the age of 17 and 30 years, New Sound Band was established in 1998 in Bujumbura Burundi. Their main aim was to try to encourage young people to engage in more social activities in the war torn country.
New Sound band plays a mix of traditional Burundi music and contemporary (fusion) sounds. Songs are sung in three different languages, Kirundi, Swahili and French. Most of their lyrics are about the daily lives of Burundi's youth, about war, love, unity, peace and reconciliation.
Mostly the band uses electric instruments including guitars, keyboards, drum kit plus two large traditional drums, which add local identity to their music.
Apart from exiled and refugee musicians living mostly in Europe, New Sound Band is now looked upon as representing the new generation in Burundi's popular music scene. Attracting thousands of fans, mostly young, from across the country to their shows, the band is opening a new page in the lives of many by encouraging unity and bringing hope.
One of the highlights of their very special act is when the 8 year-old Dogo A grabs the microphone to sing about how politicians can mislead a society creating hatred among people who have lived together for generations, using kids like himself as soldiers and denying their right of attending schools.
New Sound Band has performed in DRC, Uganda and Rwanda as well as performing in a number of local festivals in Burundi such as Festival Sangwe, Search for Common Grounds, Fete de la Musique and Projet Jeunesse.