For a large part of my employed life, I worked for a progressive sustainability communications agency. A key belief of the company, and of many successful people all over the world and over centuries, is that you have to have a vision of what success looks like, before you can achieve it.
I worked with different kinds of clients, all of whom were professing some level of commitment to sustainable development. From previously unusual suspects such as multinational corporations, to the more expected non-profit organizations; from national government departments to local authorities and; everything in-between. Perhaps because it was my bread and butter, and something at the front of mind every day, I often started to feel the frustration of hammering the same messages, doubting that they were really getting through. Or whether those that commissioned them in the first place were merely ticking boxes.
Today in 1962, Burundi became independent from Belgium. To celebrate, we're sharing the sounds of the Royal Drummers of Burundi. Playing traditional rhythms honouring the sacredness of the drum, the Drummers have brought attention to Burundi, a nation that is rarely talked about.
A multi-generational percussion ensemble, the Royal Drummers of Burundi, or Les Tambours de Burundi are globally renowned with their music having inspired the likes of Adam Ant and Joni Mitchell as well as the creation of the WOMAD festival in 1982.
The Democratic Republic of Congo celebrates its independence today. Situated at the heart of Africa, the DRC shares borders with the Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Angola. No wonder it's such a vibrant melting pot of cultures, arts and style!
The folks behind New York-based SUNO were inspired by East African textiles and a desire to promote the richness of Kenya, in the context of the country's negative press surrounding 2007's post-election violence. SUNO employs local Kenyan artisans contributing to positive social and economic change.