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.