BDI

BDI

BDI

BDI

Burundi

Robert Patrick Misigaro

Photographer: Andy Lopo

I came to London to work. I got a job as a radio producer for the BBC World Service after graduating from Salford University in Manchester. One of my first memories of coming to London is Camden Town on a summer night in July 2008. I'd never seen so many people from all the races in one place, enjoying a drink. I was amazed and that image has stayed with me.

One time I was told there were some Burundian drums kept somewhere in a church in Bethnal Green and they needed people to play them. I could not believe it until I got there and actually saw the drums and played them! It was so great to be playing so far away from my country. I felt very close to home that day... Now we have a group and we play most Saturdays.

Being a Londoner means that I can be myself and speak in my mother tongue (Kirundi) when I feel like it. Because whichever language you speak, you'll find an interlocutor in London!

by Robert Patrick Misigaro

Andy Lopo, photographer - www.andylopo.com

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