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Archive for November, 2011


Posted by imagineburundi on November 29, 2011

November 29, 2011

We’ve added a new episode to the Archive. Construction is booming in Bujumbura, really “booming” so we take a look at how noise is affecting relations between neighbors in the city. Then Guest Diner Ben Radley and Jeff sit down in a quiet spot for dinner at Botanika.

And it’s been a while in the making, but we are very pleased to introduce the fourth member of our team: Elvis Christian Sinzinkayo. Check out his profile on the Team page. There’s no better way to introduce him than to pass him the mic. On this week’s local broadcast, we launched the first recording in the series, “Elvis Sings Elvis,” so here is Elvis Sinzinkayo singing Elvis Presley’s “Trouble.”


1. Song: “Trouble” (ElvisSingsElvis)

(Right click on the link above and select “Save As…” The file is in mp3 format.)


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“Made in Burundi”

Posted by imagineburundi on November 22, 2011

November 22, 2011

We’ve added new clips to the Archive. It’s a rather funny (or silly) couple of clips where Jeff tests his guest Ben Radley with some trick questions. Enjoy!

Also, as mentioned in the previous post, Jeff has traveled to Uganda to do some reporting on products “Made in Burundi” that may have circulated to Uganda now that trade has increased throughout the region. And look what he found:

Burundian coffee in Uganda

Middle shelf, on the right.

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Clips Up, Internet Down

Posted by imagineburundi on November 15, 2011

November 15, 2011

We have added new clips to the Archive. In this episode, we introduce some of Burundi’s most dynamic local associations: English Clubs, where students and young professionals try to teach other English. It was at such a club that we met one of our previous co-hosts, Ciza.

Our preference is to upload new clips each Sunday but now we are changing to Monday to account for the unstable internet connection here. Like with most things in Burundi, let’s say we will upload new clips approximately every Monday, just so we’re clear.

Next week, Jeff will travel to Kampala to meet with a few Customs Officials and some residents to learn what “Made In Burundi” products are turning up in Uganda. Stay tuned as we pick up again the “Made In Burundi” series!

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“First Encounters”

Posted by imagineburundi on November 7, 2011

November 7, 2011

We’ve posted this week’s clips to the Archive page. The theme this week is “First Encounters.” We often look at the lives of people in Burundi, but what about Burundians living and working abroad? For this episode, we were very lucky to get to know Jocelyne Sambira, a Producer for United Nations Radio, and she described for us her first experience of  living in a metropolis. It’s vast, it’s grand, it’s strange, it’s mundane, it’s definitely different –  it’s New York.

Jocelyne is a big advocate for the transformative power of radio and one of her articles really resonated with us. You can read her thoughts here.

On the Restaurant Review, Seth and Jeff revisit the place where they met years ago: the well-known cafe Aroma. If you’re trying to keep a low profile or run a small-time criminal network, this may not be the place to be.

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New clips and Hospitality Training Services

Posted by imagineburundi on November 3, 2011

November 3, 2011

Sorry for the delay! We have had terrible luck with stable internet and electricity access the last couple weeks (months, really) so we just uploaded this week’s clips to the Archive. It’s a live recording in which Ben and Jeff talk about their winter holiday experiences, followed by the conclusion of Jeff’s simulated job interview of Deogratias Nahimana, his colleague at the station.

Then on this week’s local broadcast on CCIB, Seth and Elvis introduce Burundi’s first culinary arts institute. Hospitality Training Services ( is the creation of Chefs Claude Bigayimpunzi and Eloi Ndabahagamye (whom you can also on this week’s Archive clip in the Job Advice piece!), and they are trying to change the culture of food preparation in Burundi. Learn more about their institute and its ambitious mission at the link above or by listening to this week’s Imagine Burundi broadcast.

We’ll post a few photos here when the connection is better.

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