Jules Sentore follows in grandpa’s footsteps

Twenty-three-year-old Jules Sentore is one of the 21 grandchildren of the late Athanase Sentore, the tunesmith who was well known for his exceptional traditional music – both locally and internationally.

Twenty-three-year-old Jules Sentore is one of the 21 grandchildren of the late Athanase Sentore, the tunesmith who was well known for his exceptional traditional music – both locally and internationally. Jules set out as a traditional dancer at a very tender age before taking to singing. He talked to Grace Mugoya about what he has in store for his fans:

What do you have in store for you fans? 

I am planning to launch my first album this year.

You started as a dancer. How easy was it to switch to singing?

In my family, one can be a dancer, singer or both.

Do you sing as a solo musician?

Well, as family, we have a group called Gakondo headed by Itore Musamba (his uncle). But I also have solo recordings.

What strategy do you use to promote your music?

I also perform at various events whenever an opportunity presents itself.

How much do you charge for a performance?

It depends on the type of event (…and the wallet of the promoter, I guess).

Tell us what propelled you to emulate your late grandfather…

In addition to having the talent, I also want to make the Rwandan population and the outside world proud of our culture.

 

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