Entertainment

The church, a nursery for secular musicians

The simple definition of a church is ‘house of prayer’. Lately the church’s characterization has broadened to as far as playing a nursery school for most moving talents. It feels bad, training a servant how to do work and when done with knowing-how, he leaves to work for the neighbor.  It’s...

Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 12:00am

Rwanda’s most-influential artists of all time

‘…….things come and go but the word of God never…’ goes one quotation from the Bible. Similarly in the entertainment industry, artists capture fame by luck and when their term is done they leave the celebrity status and give way to the youngsters. Some artists have gone by this route though....

Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 12:00am

Rwanda has hidden talent

As the English adage goes, ‘even the big roosters were once eggs’. All the artists who have gained fame in the last few years were once toddlers in the music industry. Just like Alpha Rurangira was before the Tusker Project Fame (TFP 3), there are many more virgin talents with the potential of...

Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 12:00am

In Focus: The Tuff Gang

The tart and talent in their music makes them exceptional artists and the message carried by their lyrics makes them fans’ favorites.  The Tuff Gang is a music group of five local artists; Bull Dogg, P-fla, Green P, Jay Polly and Fireman. These rappers largely link themselves with Old School...

Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 12:00am

Where is beef taking music?

The word ‘beef’ is slang that basically refers to deep hatred for someone or a thing. It’s more typical in everyday life when competitors develop friction among themselves. Musicians likewise often develop this friction and the wording ‘beef’ is used to label it. When talking about historic...

Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 12:00am

Alpha rwirangira joins Penya Africa

Tusker Project fame 3 winner Alpha Rwirangira has joined Penya Africa. The soft spoken Alpha on February 4 expected to announce this at a press conference held at Alliance Francaise in Nairobi and thereafter attend a cocktail afternoon to meet and greet the artists and all supporting parties at the...

Saturday, February 6, 2010 - 12:00am

Once belittled, Gahongaire’s voice is taking her places

At a tender age, Aline Gahongaire was scoffed at by those that heard her try to sing. “I had a huge voice. You can’t sing they told me. Some told me, may be you can try to dance but sing no,” she recalls. Gahongaire now 23 was raised by a grandmother who was an expert at cultural dance and song....

Saturday, February 6, 2010 - 12:00am

Last minute achievers

If I phrased this one in the religious angle, I would talk of a Christian who backslid but repented of his sins on his death bed. Our pastors tell us that this guy is granted mercy. In local entertainment similarly, some or our popular artistes were not on the go for the big part of 2009. What...

Saturday, January 9, 2010 - 12:00am

Where are these artistes?

Aime Uwimana was one of the gospel artists with gleaming talent in the last few years. His ‘Njyiye Ahera’ album was impressive having been accompanied by videos of the songs. But who can tell where the singer vanished to after his album launch in 2008? Beezy Bee of the once high-flying label TFP...

Saturday, January 9, 2010 - 12:00am

Humor : The Gift

Gopal Bhand was once taken to court by a man who claimed that he owned the land on which Gopal’s house stood. Gopal had the documents to prove that he owned the land but he knew that the judge who was to try the case was corrupt and could be bought. Gopal decided to take a gift for the judge. At...

Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 12:00am

Video game experience

The Nintendo Game Boy spirit continues as does the Sega game gear. However, Sega are a no-go these days, hence for purposes of size, Sony’s PSP or Nintendo’s DS should be considered. PSP is better since it helps you watch movies, carry music and view snaps. We consider them as follows; Nintendo’s...

Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 12:00am

Pool table strategy for 2010

One shot, two shots and that’s it! Finally, the game is in my hands and it’s up to me and my instincts to win the pool game. The after celebration toast is to our friends and family who are forever at heart and always together in party times now as we start afresh into 2010 with no reason to derail...

Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 12:00am

Sparking new local hits

•  ‘Collabor king’ Pacson alongside Green Pason sing ‘Ugye Witonda’, a song holding advice of respect and being composed, done by Narrow road’s Pastor P. • Pacson has also done ‘My Flow’ featuring big boy DMS and K8 Kavuo. Pac intended to settle the muck between the two rappers (DMS and...

Saturday, December 26, 2009 - 12:00am

2009 the year that changed the face of entertainment

The year 2009 is one year that deserves making it to the Rwandan books of history, art-wise. Talk about quality of music or even quantity of new figures pouring into the game, talk about the awe-inspiring gigs that changed the face of music in seconds, everything was fly. Our ‘kiddos’ have...

Saturday, December 26, 2009 - 12:00am

My boss and the girl we both knew

I am a man who loves his job and my degree of professionalism is not questionable just like you can testify from what you have been following in this column. But what do you do when you are between a rock and a hard place at your place of work and making the matter worse when the issue is between...

Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 12:00am

The ruined Christmas

Christmas; the time we celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ, he will be clocking 2009 years. Yes, I say ‘he will be’ because he is still alive. Yo, I think he is grey haired up there in heaven.As someone who grew up in ‘outside countries’, usually when it is coming around December (others start...

Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 12:00am

Travel: The King’s Royal Palace in Nyanza

For those who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, Nyanza town in the southern province is the best escape destination. In this town, you will be at the centre of what is considered royal in Rwanda’s traditional history.  Nyanza town is a one and a half hours drive from Kigali...

Sunday, February 8, 2009 - 12:00am

Royale Villas, Royale indeed

EUGENE MUTARA discovers the wonder that is “Royale Villas” In the land of a thousand hills, so are a thousand blessings when one looks for a place to spend and taste his/her own sweat. Talk about the mountain gorillas in Kinigi Musanze district in Northern Province and the spectacular landscapes....

Sunday, February 8, 2009 - 12:00am

Eating out: Amafu Top Food Restaurant

Located in the heart of Butare town, opposite the Bank of Kigali, Amafu top restaurant is a careful blend of everything good about Rwanda. The warm decor with African designs, authentic cuisine and friendly hospitality conspire to give you a memorable experience. The restaurant specialises in...

Sunday, February 1, 2009 - 12:00am