Entertainment

Ingabire on using the pen to empower women

At 21, she is an artist, actress, singer and poetess. Paola Ingabire is also an author and recently released her first book “More Powerful than we think,’ a book that talks about gender issues concerning women and young girls. “Being an artist is something I was born to be...

Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 12:00am

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. Startup Grind Kigali Launch Party SG Kigali Launch Party is a structured networking event to help startup founders, co-founders...

Friday, January 19, 2018 - 12:00am

Meet Peter, a 20-year-old multi-talented artist

Many know him for his skill at tattoo art, but Henry Peter refuses to be boxed into the description. Instead, he considers himself a versatile and multi-disciplinary artist: “I’m a guy who likes to try new things so I do painting, tattoos, graffiti … any art form I always give it a try,” reveals...

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 12:00am

Rwandan artiste wins big at NAACP global awards

US-based Rwandan singer and songwriter Somi on Sunday won an award at the 49th National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) NAACP Image Awards in the non-televised categories. She was announced during a gala dinner celebration at the Pasadena Conference Center in Los Angeles...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 12:00am

Behind the scenes at Miss Rwanda auditions

After a flawless launch in Musanze District (Northern Province) on Saturday afternoon, the Miss Rwanda auditions proceeded to Rubavu, in the Western Province. In Musanze, the auditions kicked off at approximately 2:30pm, and even the stubborn drizzle that followed did not dampen the mood. In less...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 12:00am

Northern, Western provinces make their picks for Miss Rwanda 2018

Miss Rwanda 2018 kicked off Saturday afternoon with auditions in Musanze District, Northern Province amid a slight drizzle. Six lucky contestants were picked to represent Northern Province out of a total 19 applicants, who were then stripped down to ten. The following day, auditions headed to...

Monday, January 15, 2018 - 12:00am

Is rock music taking root in Kigali?

Rock music lovers in Kigali have not had many options to enjoy the genre in the city but now RG Consult, the brains behind Kigali Jazz Junction, has brought live rock music to town. The first ever ‘Rock & Fresh’ night in Kigali happened on Saturday, bringing the first ever rock live...

Monday, January 15, 2018 - 12:00am

12 Rwandans for E.A reality show auditions

The first ever East African version of Big Brother Africa (BBA), dubbed Godfather East Africa (GFEA), is set to kick off early this year. Auditions are already in progress across East Africa, under the theme ‘Natural Faces.’ According to the organisers, the auditions have already taken place in...

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 12:00am

Rwandan film debuts at global film festival

For the first time, a film from Rwanda will be screened at this year’s Berlinale International Film Festival, in Germany. Imfura, a co-production by budding local filmmaker, Samuel Ishimwe Karemangingo, was selected to compete with 21 short fiction films from seventeen other countries at this...

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 12:00am

Rwanda's handcrafted tote bags featured at Golden Globe Awards

The aftermath of the 75th Golden Globes Awards was characterised by the world gushing over Oprah Winfrey’s moving speech and further discussions about sexual harassment as well as gender equality and equity. Amid the pandemonium, it could have passed without notice that among the gifts given to...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 12:00am

Over 200 register for Miss Rwanda auditions

The search for Miss Rwanda 2018 is progressing well, with more than 202 girls set for the auditions. Miss Rwanda 2018 pageant was launched on December 13 by Rwanda Inspiration Back-Up, organisers of the pageant. Dieudonee Ishimwe, the CEO of Rwanda Inspiration Back-Up said auditions will kick off...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 12:00am

Nyundo School of Music to relocate to Muhanga

Nyundo School of Music will soon be relocated from Rubavu to former Kavumu College of Education in Muhanga. According to Jacques Murigande, the director of the first public school of music, the relocation is aimed at getting bigger premises that can accommodate the increasing number of students...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 12:00am

Believers throng Serena for grand gospel music show

IT was a night to remember for gospel music fans as one of the renowned choirs in the country, Choeur International et ensemble instrumental de Kigali (CIEIK) put up a spiritually nourishing show at Kigali Serena Hotel on Sunday. Dubbed ‘Christmas Carols’, the choir put up an impressive...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 12:00am

Golden Globes 2018: Sexual harassment scandal dominates ceremony

Powerful speeches and statements of unity have dominated the 75th Golden Globe awards. It was the first major Hollywood awards ceremony since the film industry was hit by sexual harassment scandals, with stars wearing black to honour victims. Oprah Winfrey summed up the mood, saying "a new day...

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 12:00am

Sauti Sol, Mani Martin in new Mapenzi' collabo

‘To the beautiful people of Rwanda, we have something for you’, proclaimed Kenyan sensation group Sauti Sol, as they announced their upcoming collaboration with Mani Martin. The ‘Afro’ singer is arguably the first Rwandan singer to collaborate with the Kenyan group which has churned out major...

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 12:00am

Muthoni’s journey to becoming Miss Africa beauty queen

Winning the first runner up title on December 27, 2017, at the Miss Africa beauty pageant came as a surprise for Rwandan representative, 23 year old, Fiona Muthoni Naringwa. “I wasn’t well prepared as I was invited on short notice but being a Christian, I knew that God was with me and when I went...

Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 12:00am

Senderi International Hit on marriage, music and his many nicknames

Although calling himself International Hit has not made him an international icon, Afro Beat artist Eric Senderi Nzaramba has established himself as a household name and is now plotting to take the region by storm.  From soldier to musician, Senderi started his musical career when he was still...

Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 12:00am

Singer Bahati on how brush with death shaped his career

HE had a close brush with death in 1998, when a bus he was travelling in was ambushed by armed bandits in the north-western district of Rubavu. He was among the few people, who survived on the fateful day when genocidal armed bandits killed over 70 people who were on the bus. Surviving this...

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 12:00am

Roots Reggae live concert is back

The first edition of live reggae concert dubbed ‘Roots Reggae’ took place at the Kacyiru-based Inema Art Gallery on December 28. It was without a doubt one of the best live reggae concerts in Kigali in the year gone by. The three-in-one concert was thereafter supposed to head to Alpha and Omega...

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 12:00am

Musician P Fla opens up about life in jail

Last week, a high spirited P Fla gave The New Times his first formal interview since leaving jail in December, last year. Now on the road to recovery, the 33-year-old who was jailed over drug abuse, said prison helped him to reflect on his life and music. “I was jailed because I was doing...

Friday, January 5, 2018 - 12:00am