Kaitare Waitare, born in Masaka, Uganda 27 years ago, is the real deal.
He grew up with no single parent, and was once denied care from an orphanage after his sponsors though Compassion International pulled out.
But still, Kaitare, a youngster, held himself with a regal, and never resorted to street life as most abandoned children do.
After returning to Rwanda, Kaitare says that life wasn’t easy either, because he was neither studying nor working. Kaitare never let the opportunity escape, he quickly joined APR Jazz Band in 2001.
After his ‘Abana ba Africa’ song hit the local radio stations, Kaitare decided to quit the band, and went solo.
He immediately released many other songs which helped him raise enough money to support his career, and start other projects.
In 2001, Kaitare started Amahoro association, whose mission was to unite orphans to support each through music. And in 2007, he started Music Changes Lives Organization (MCLO) with the support of Rwandan Women Network and USADF.
MCLO is aimed at helping the poor, especially the girl child to live a better life through promoting their talent.
“We set up an audio recording studio in the same year and started giving vocal training to girls, and on Nov 31, 2009, we launched an album,” says Kaitare.
In 2010, MCLO will set up a video production studio. We plan to buy music instruments that shall be used in all kinds of live concerts; we are also planning to establish a music school in Kigali.