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The advent of a republic with a Hutu majority in 1962, in Rwanda, contributed to the disappearance of the musical repertoire that was associated with the previous Tutsi monarchy. Inanga music was part of this repertoire. Rujindiri, a musician born in 1900, was one of the last living repositories of this musical legacy when Jos Gansemans made this recording in 1974. His repertoire exalts the war victories of King Rwabugiri in a lyrical style that is said to date from the early 8th century. Currently, and according to a logic of “permanent evolution”, inanga music (which also designates the main instrument that is used to perform it, a trough-shaped zither) is performed by the Hutus and the Tutsis to glorify the accomplishments of the local elected officials.
Original booklet available below in English, French and Flemish.