Gaël Faye | Petit Pays

In the song ‘Petit Pays’, Gael Faye addresses Burundi to express both his love for his native land and his grief of the political anguish he suffered in the 1990s, at the same time as the whole region that was horribly bloodstained by the Rwandan genocide. ‘Petit Pays’ is the same title that Gaël Faye chose to give to his first novel, published three years after the song, that also received critical and public acclaim.


Born in Burundi in 1982 from a Rwandan mother and a French father, Gaël Faye fled his country in 1995 because of the civil war and the genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda. Music allows him to exorcise his pain and his uprooting.

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