Music to Bike By – The Hills of Burundi

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The best music to accompany the following video of a descent (by bike) from the highlands of Burundi into the capital of Bujumbura on Lake Tanganyika – a drop of some 30 kilometers and 1400 meters – is, in my opinion, some rousing Scott Joplin.  So, do play the following rag by Joplin,  while you watch the action in negotiating the mountains shown in the above picture of Bujumbura and its famous hills, taken from my place.

I have started the video about half way through, where events become a bit exciting during the descent.  The entire video (and descent) takes about 45 minutes.  Many thanks to Tired of I.T. for this great video!

The video provides a quickie lesson in micro-marketing and person-transport into the capital from the highlands.

The music, which is the first link below, is derived from an original  piano roll, and this is described here.  The first sheet of Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag appears at the bottom of this page.  Be sure to press the first (audio) link – and then the video, which follows.

Have fun!

Press here first, for the music >


Now press here, for the video >

Negotiating the hills of Burundi can be as daunting as playing Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag.  Source -
Negotiating the hills of Burundi can be as daunting as playing Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag.  As a kid, I could play this and some other music roles on my grandfather’s ancient player piano, which was broken but still worked with a lot of effort.  Source –

About dianabuja

With a group of BaTwa (pygmy) women potters, with whom we've worked to enhance production and sales of their wonderful pots - fantastic for cooking and serving. To see the 2 blogs on this work enter 'batwa pots' into the search engine located just above this picture. Blog entries throughout this site are about Africa, as well as about the Middle East and life in general - reflecting over 35 years of work and research in Africa and the Middle East – Come and join me!
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