Gishora is a sanctuary for drummers created by King Ntare Rugamba in the 19th century. There are two main drums: Murimirwa (drum dedicated to cultures) and Ruciteme (drum dedicated to forests) and a reconstructed Royal enclosure. The drums of Gishora are played by a community clan, who lives on site and who learn this art from father to son and from generation to generation. On the site, one also finds the tree “Muvugangoma” used to manufacture the drums.
While visiting Gishora, tourists are greeted by a guide who gives explanation on the reconstructed royal palace while the drummers perform the captivating dance upon request. The service is paying. The art of percussion is one of the most prestigious cultural heritage promoting tourism in Burundi. The Burundi Royal Drums have acquired the status of “Intangible World Heritage of UNESCO”.