Regional stars to headline Kigali Jazz Junction


Jules Sentore is a traditional music singer and dancer. (Courtesy)

The eighth edition of the popular Kigali Jazz Junction will be headlined by regional music stars. The event will also be used to pay special tribute to fallen music icons Hugh Masekela and Mowzey Radio.

Folk music singer Jules Sentore and Neptunez band will perform at the event which will take place at the Kigali Serena Hotel on February 23.

The special guest performer will be singer and guitarist, Irene Ntale from Uganda. It will be the second time Ntale performs in Rwanda, following her February performance last year.

The 29-year-old singer and songwriter is known for popular songs like Love letter, a duet with Bebe Cool, Ono mwana, Nkubukinze, Stay with me, Stamina Daddy, Gyobela, Nkubukinze and Batubatisa, in which she laments the pain of dating a serial cheat.

Remmy Lubega, the CEO of RG Consult, organizers of the monthly jazz gathering, said Irene Ntale and Sentore are a great choice of performers.

“We are back, and starting the year with Irene, who has a versatile music repertoire and comes with a great live band music experience. So it’s an honor to explore this chance from her to showcase her dynamic sense of performance, where jazz meets other genres of music,” Lubega told The New Times in an interview.

“Sentore, too, is also talented when it comes to live performance of traditional music, and this time we would wish to see him prove it on stage with a refined and defined audience, and we are confident he has all it takes to own the evening,” he added.

Lubega added that the evening will also feature a tribute to recently deceased musicians, Uganda’s music genius Mowzey Radio and Hugh Masekela, who was described as ‘the father of South African jazz’, for their influence and great contribution to African music.


Ugandan songstress Irene Ntale sings different genres like RnB, reggae, dancehall and acoustic soul. She will be performing in Kigali for the second time. (Courtesy)

“We look forward to celebrating as a tribute to the fallen musician Mowzey Radio. A number of songs will be performed in memory of how he contributed to the regional music industry, and we shall also pay special tribute to Hugh Masekela, who also passed away earlier this year,” he said.

Previously, the monthly event has been headlined by renowned regional and local artistes, including saxophonist Isaiah Katumwa and former Blu3 divas Lillian Mbabazi

and Cindy Sanyu, Mayonde, saxophonist Christine Kam

au, as well as musical duo of Charly and Nina, Masamba

Intore and Canada-based Rwandan artiste Patricia Neza Masozera aka Neza de Songbird, among others.

Gates open at 6:30 pm and the show begins at 8p.m.

Tickets will go for Rwf10, 000 (regular), Rwf20, 000 (VIP), Rwf160, 000 (table of 8) and Rwf220, 000 (table of 8 with a meal).