It takes real talent to overcome personal tragedy of the scope Ndabarushimana Christopher faced in his native Burundi and still move on to a better life. But he’s done it, and done it with style.

Christopher came to Greensboro five years ago. He is a refugee from tribal warfare among rival Tutsis and Hutus that took place in the 1990s. The violence claimed 12 members of Christopher’s family. He escaped the genocide with the assistance of the United Nations High Commission on Refugees.

Now 32 years old, Christopher is building a reputation as a musician and performer.

We came across him again at the Futbol Fest this past weekend at Bryan Park, in conjunction with the Mosaic Marketplace.

Christopher has performed before at Mosaic, and it’s always a treat to hear his music. He’s now part of the WAREWARE Music Band, which puts on a great stage show with Afro-fusion music in seven languages. We caught the tail end of their performance, just before they headed off to a night show in Wilmington.

Christopher explained that his stage outfit is part of Intore dance, also known as The Dance of Heroes. He fits the bill. !