Entertainment

Zahara jets in for Kigali Jazz Junction

This morning, award winning and record selling South African diva, Zahara (real name Bulelwa Mkutukana) arrived in Kigali ahead of her performance at Kigali Jazz Junction. The show will take place at Kigali Serena Hotel, and will feature performances from local R&B singer Social Mula and...

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 11:33am

SA jazz maestro Zahara to perform at Kigali Jazz Junction

This month’s edition of the monthly Kigali Jazz Junction is only hours away. South African jazz sensation Zahara is expected to jet into the capital this morning, ahead of her performance at Kigali Jazz Junction on Friday. The show will take place at Kigali Serena Hotel, and will feature...

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 9:17am

Diamond reveals plans to quit music

Just days after Kenyan boy band Sauti Sol, disclosed that they are contemplating quitting music, bongo flava star Diamond Platnumz has hinted that he is also planning to exit the industry. Diamond, whose life has been full of drama, has revealed that he will soon quit music to concentrate on his...

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 3:37am

The Ben, B2C to drop new collabo

U.S based Rwandan singer The Ben is set to release his collaboration with Uganda’s sensation group B2C by the end of the week. The new song titled ‘No you, no life’ will be among the first collaborations The Ben is expected to feature in over the coming few months as he cements...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 1:27am

Buravan off to Tanzania

It appears that Rwandan artistes are realising that it is about time they take their music beyond the Rwandan borders and target the regional audience. Over the past one year, we are seeing more Rwanda artistes venturing into the East African Community (EAC) region, seeking collaborations in...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 1:24am

Meet 10-year-old Gisa, an upcoming guitarist

It is unusual to see a child playing such a tricky musical instrument as a guitar at a young age. At least that was my impression when I saw 10-year-old Blaise David Gisa Uwijuru skillfully playing the guitar.  Gisa probably takes playing guitar from his father Alphonse Ngendabanga, who used...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 5:13am

Passy kicks off solo career with Knowless collabo

Following months of speculation about the fate of TNP, one of the local music groups, it has now been confirmed that boy group is no more after one of its members confirmed that he is on course to forge a solo career. Passy Kizito, over the weekend released his first project –a video of the...

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 3:30am

Tom Close gears up for 7th album

In the last five years or so following his graduation from medical school, he has successfully juggled music and his medical practice but earning much fame from the former than the latter. But that is not to mean that Tom Close is about to drop his stethoscope to exclusively focus on music. He...

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 3:00am

Sonia Rolland among big winners at 71st annual Cannes Film Festival

Sonia Rolland was among the 7 winners in the film industry, who walked away with awards at the Semaine du Cinema Positive by Positive Planet diner, during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival. The Rwandan-French actress and former Miss France, was awarded for her documentary ‘Femmes du...

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 1:54am

Zimbabwe’s Berita to perform at Live and Unplugged show in Kigali

Zimbabwean born Afrosoul songbird Berita is set to stage a performance in Kigali this month. The show, dubbed, Live and Unplugged, is scheduled for Saturday, May 26, at the newly opened Kigali Cultural Village. Organised by Afrogroov, a local events company, Berita’s show, her first in...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 4:12am

WORD HAS IT...

The Vumbi-Guma Guma saga: Artiste’s book to stir trouble Local afro-beat singer and songwriter Danny Vumbi says he will soon release a book about local music competition, Primus Guma-Guma Super Star. Vumbi, who came in fourth place at the sixth edition of the contest in 2016, is said to...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 4:00am

What’s on this weekend?

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? There’s always something going on in Kigali. Check out our guide for things to do this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Mental Health Talk This evening, experts and panellists will discuss mental health under the topic “Therapy: A need or a...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 9:08pm

Meddy’s ‘Slowly’ hits 3 million views on Youtube

He performed the song for the first time before his Rwandan fans at the annual Mutzig Beer Fest in September last year. A month earlier, US-based Rwandan R&B crooner Meddy, had dropped the video clip to the song on Youtube, and it immediately went viral. The song in question is ‘...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 5:06am

Chance and Ben to launch debut album

The family that prays together stays together – so says the Bible. Husband-and-wife duo Ben Serugo and Chance Abigail Mbanza Juru have been doing gospel music since 2014, and both founded House of Worship Ministries, a renowned local worship ministry, the following year.  Now, after...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 8:58am

All set for Pentecost Hymn concert

All is set for a gospel concert dubbed “Pentecost Hymn” at Evangelical Restoration Church in Masoro, Kigali on May 20. The concert, to be hosted by local musician Arsene Tuyiringire, aka Arsene Tuyi, will see gospel artistes such as Patient Bizimana, Gaby Kamanzi, Shining Stars Family...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 10:57pm

DJs impress at Prime Saturdays

It was just another dancing night as Prime Saturdays returned for its second edition over the weekend, featuring one of Kenya’s best disc spinners Joe Mfalme.  The last time the theme night happened in December last year, it was another Kenyan DJ Crème that headlined the event. The...

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 7:49pm

New platform to showcase local designers’ skills

Local fashion designers have welcomed a new platform designed to help them bring their success stories to light and showcase their creativity to a bigger audience. The new fashion initiative, dubbed Kigali Fashion Design Challenge, seeks to promote professionalism among little-known fashion...

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 6:20pm

Separating the Art from the Artist

I discovered Junot Díaz on of all places YouTube. It was by coincidence, but after that he quickly became one of my favourite authors. His self-awareness, the joy he took in his nerdiness, and his literary prowess were refreshing. The Pulitzer-prize winning author took on even greater significance...

Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 1:09am

Top Rwandan artistes in Agaciro collabo

Rwanda’s top musicians have featured in a star-studded song dubbed ‘Agaciro Kanjye’, with the goal of urging Rwandans to contribute toward the Agaciro Development Fund (AGDF). The national sovereign fund plans to use the song which was released yesterday in its forthcoming...

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 12:20am

Sherrie Silver, the Rwandan behind Childish Gambino’s viral video

Once again Rwanda is experiencing a proud moment after one of her daughters emerged as the face behind one of the most viral videos of the moment by American artiste Childish Gambino. Sherrie Silver is credited with choreographing the hit video “This is America” by Donald McKinley...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 9:24pm