In an enchanting event known as 'Gakondo Soiree' or 'Traditional Night,' revelers in Rwanda were treated to an evening filled with captivating traditional music, poetry, and dance. The show, which took place on Friday, June 2, was a night of cultural celebration. The event was organized with the aim of reviving and preserving Rwandan traditional values, reminiscent of the beloved 'Igitaramo' gatherings of the past. These gatherings were cherished occasions for people to embrace their rich culture, learn from their elders, and foster a sense of unity. The 'Gakondo Soiree' proved to be a resounding success, delivering on its promise to bring back the essence of these treasured traditions. The air was filled with mesmerizing traditional melodies performed by talented young musicians, such as Jados Sengabo and Deborah Niyirera. Their heartfelt performances were met with resounding applause, as the audience appreciated their dedication to preserving and promoting Rwandan traditional music. ALSO READ: Why ‘Gakondo’ might be the future of Rwandan music The power of spoken word took center stage as poets like Confy Kibasumba captivated the audience with their evocative performances. However, it was not only the established artists who graced the spotlight; fans from the audience also seized the opportunity to express their artistry in various forms, further enlivening the atmosphere. Undoubtedly, the highlight of the evening was the insightful talk delivered by the renowned traditional music artist, Suzanne Nyiranyamibwa. She vividly depicted the vibrant communal spirit that once thrived in Rwanda, with youths gathering in the evenings to listen to the wisdom of their elders, immersing themselves in dance and music that united people from all walks of life. Expressing her nostalgia, she longed for the resurgence of such gatherings and enthusiastically supported events like the 'Gakondo Soiree,' urging greater participation from the youth. ALSO READ: Modern Igitaramo: Connecting the past with the future The crowd erupted in cheers and applause as Suzanne Nyiranyamibwa concluded her talk. Responding to their fervent pleas, she granted their wishes by performing her most viral song, Telephone. Lionel Cyusa, the organizer of the 'Gakondo Soiree,' said that the aim of the event is to bridge the generational gap and create a platform where both young and old could come together and immerse themselves in an entire evening dedicated to Rwandan tradition. Encouraged by the positive response, he expressed his commitment to continue hosting similar events, with the hope of attracting an even larger audience, allowing more individuals to rediscover the beauty of their heritage.