Entertainment

Mashirika at 20: Two decades of leading Rwanda’s performing arts industry

Established 20 years ago, Mashirika Performing Arts and Media Company continues to be the leader in the performing arts industry in Rwanda, settings itself apart as the the country’s kings and queens of theatre.  Through the years, Mashirika has mainly focused on theatre, radio dramas...

Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 12:21am

How the Mbandas are ‘couple goals’

As the archbishop of the Anglican Church, Sunday should have been a busy time for Laurent Mbanda and his wife Chantal Mbanda, who dedicated their lives to serving the Lord. However, with the COVID-19 lockdown, even though that meant the couple was around each other a lot more, Chantal had an...

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 12:22am

Teta Diana is back! Singer focussed on promoting her music abroad

The world might be focused on the new Coronavirus pandemic but musician Teta Diana (pictured) has recently showed no signs of resting as she seeks to rekindle her music career after several years in a hiatus, this time looking to conquer the European market. The singer is currently in Sweden for...

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 12:19am

Christus Regnat choir sings on 14 years later

One of the things the Roman Catholic Church is known for is its choirs’ beautiful unique symphonies. That is also evident in Rwanda, when one of the choirs organises a concert. Most of these choirs have an ardent following of loyal devotees who will not miss a single concert. One of the...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 11:21am

Fighting coronavirus through music

As the number of the novel coronavirus cases continue to rise across the globe, a number of initiatives have so far been put in place in Rwanda to raise awareness against the spread of the outbreak among its population.  With the world up in arms to defeat the virus, each and every one...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 1:58am

COVID-19: How some Rwandan celebrities are spending their time at home

With everyone required to stay at home as part of the measures to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, many people are finding creative ways to stay occupied and make the most of the two weeks of the lockdown, and local celebrities are no exception. Just like the rest of people, they...

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 6:09pm

Out of the shadows of his seniors, Karigombe seeks to pursue solo career

Many remember him for backing Riderman on stage a couple of years ago but upcoming Hip Hop singer Karigombe is now keen on growing his musical career rather than stay in the shadow of his more established peers he normally backs up. Nevertheless, he recognises the fact that backing up the likes...

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 1:34pm

Mani Martin on keeping his fans entertained amidst COVD-19

The measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus have ensured that nearly everything is turned off to focus on dealing with the virus, but creativity in some artistes is still alive and stronger than before. One good example is the Afro-pop artiste Martin Maniraruta, popularly known as...

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 12:05am

Gabonese student on pursuing music in Rwanda

Esso Zibi Andréa Laurène came to Rwanda two years ago to pursue a master’s degree. Last year, she decided to embark on music, with the hope that she would make a career out of it. The New Times’ Sharon Kantengwa caught up with the 25-year-old on her plans for music. Tell us about...

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 12:23am

Are these the future of Rwandan music?

They have been touted as Rwanda’s next big thing –some have already made a few hits while others are slowly getting recognised and now they have put their talents together to release a song that will put them on the pedestal as the peers. The 10 fast rising stars on the Rwandan music...

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 5:42pm

Meet Luiza, a yoga teacher giving free lessons during the lockdown

With the Prime Minister’s order to remain indoors as part of the measures to stop the possible spread of the new coronavirus, one has to find ways to keep busy and avoid boredom, while making the most of time at home. There are a couple of fun things one can do at home, alone or with the...

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 12:08am

Local celebrities join fight against COVID-19

A number of Rwandan celebrities have joined efforts to contribute to the government’s ongoing awareness campaign to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic. The awareness campaign is an initiative by the Ministry of Health and Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC). As part of the campaign,...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 8:38pm

How artistes are ‘staying home’ amid coronavirus lockdown

Staying at home amid the coronavirus lockdown is no doubt the best way to ‘flatten the curve’, and artistes are not exempt from doing their bit and practicing social distancing. However, that doesn’t mean they have stopped trying to entertain us. DJ Miller, real name Virgile...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 12:25am

COVID-19: How to spend your time during the stay home period

On Saturday, March 21, the government issued strict directives that would ensure that people stay at home for at least 15 days to ensure that the virus does not spread. The virus, known by the code COVID-19, has taken the world by storm, requiring countries to close schools, places of worship...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 12:18am

Ncuti Gatwa continues to scoop international awards

Just when the news is all about the New Coronavirus outbreak, leading to the cancellation of all entertainment events and social gatherings, not all is groom. There is some good news to celebrate. Rwandan-born film actor Ncuti Gatwa (pictured)has continued to scoop accolades and recognition at...

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 12:57am

COVID-19:Congolese music legend Aurlus Mabele dies

Congolese music star Aurlus Mabele has died. He was 67.   He checked into a hospital in Paris, France on March 19, 2020, and died later that night. According to media reports, he developed complications arising from a stroke and coronavirus infection The shocking news of...

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 10:16am

Adulting: A guide to getting yourself together

Adulting. That is what men and women in their twenties call this miserable business of taking on the obligations that come after your childhood, when you no longer have the option to go crying to mummy because people were mean to you, or because you want chocolate or because the world is not...

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 12:21am

Miss Rwanda 2020 Nishimwe parts ways with organisers, management

Effective Tuesday, reigning Miss Rwanda Naomie Nishimwe will independently be responsible for her own management after she parted ways with Rwanda Inspiration Backup, the beauty pageant organisers and managers. The shocking withdrawal comes less than a month since she was crowned Miss Rwanda...

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 9:39am

How eight artists were inspired to open an inclusive art and culture centre

A glance at Inshuti Art and Culture Centre will leave you glued to one of the great pieces exhibited at the gallery. The masterpiece, titled, ‘The Long Trek’, by seven young visual artists, tells a true story of Clementine Nyirabazungu, from Musanze District. Born with...

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 12:05am

Mazimpaka on quitting Green Ferry Music, pursuing solo career

Early last year, rapper Prime Mazimpaka parted ways with Green Ferry Music, a record label he had been under for over six years. It’s been a year since the rapper, born Mazimpaka Che Guevara, embarked on a career in music without management because he wanted to be an independent artiste...

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 9:46am