PHOTOS: Kigali International Choir marks 10 years in style


Kigali International Choir sings one of their songs called Alleluia the Majesty during celebrations to mark 10 years of the choir. / Timothy Kisambira

Kigali International Choir on Saturday treated music lovers to a phenomenal evening of entertainment as the choir celebrated 10 years since its establishment.

The choir did not disappoint the large number of fans who turned up as they sang outstandingly to prove why they are one of the country’s best music ensembles.

Many people came along with their families in what turned out to be a good family evening.

The curtains were raised almost an hour past the planned schedule of 6pm and the Kigali International Choir took to the stage, elegantly dressed in pink dresses for women and black shirts, black trousers and grey coats for men.

Some of the guests that attended the concert listen to the performance. / Timothy Kisambira

The choir entertained the anxious fans with several Christmas carols in Kinyarwanda, English, French and Kiswashili. Songs like Umawana Yatuvukiye, the First Noel, Angels we have heard on high, among others were on the cards, almost rekindling the Christmas mood.

The organization coupled with good Christmas decorations also gave the Kigali Serena Hotel auditorium an aura of beauty and elegance for the many fans that turned out to support the choir.

The sound system had issues especially at the start but this did not stop the night from being successful as the choir kept on singing for fans who consistently cheered on the choir until the sound stabilised.

Enzo, a 9-year-old boy performs during the concert. / Timothy Kisambira

The pianists were also a sensation as they showcased great skill during the concert.

One of the most exciting moments came when a pianist played a classic of Abbe Mudahinyuka’s Imihigoyacu song which thrilled the audience.

The night was also filled with surprises as young children showcased what they can do both in singing and playing instruments.

The greatest surprise performances came from Enzo, a 9-year-old boy who moved the audience with his skills in playing the flute.

Also to wow the audience was Ecole Belge Choir consisting of children as young as three who took to the stage to perform. They sang one French carol amid cheers from parents and fans alike.

Kigali International Choir sings one of their songs called Alleluia the Majesty. / Timothy Kisambira

Kigali International Choir also showcased their zeal for training the young generation in music as they introduced a high school choir from Muhanga Diocese as one of the young people they have inspired in the industry.

The choir from Muhanga impressed as they gave a brief but strong performances of French Christmas carols.

Other notable performances came from The Bright Five, a sub-section of Kigali international Choir who did an Acapella I am going to live with God,” and also sang Sauti Sol’s Kuliko Jana.

The Bright Five sing Sauti Sol’s Kuliko Jana during the concert. / Timothy Kisambira

The choir also used the night to tell the fans about its history, achievements as well as future plans.