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Masamba’s journey to liberation music

It is widely believed that some people tend to become what their names say, and it was no exception to 53-year-old Alphonse Masamba Butera, stage name Masamba Intore. His father, Athanase Sentore, named him ‘Masamba’ after a Congolese politician known for his revolutionary ideas of...

Saturday, July 4, 2020 - 5:17pm

Kwibohora26 live performances to look out for today

It's a tough time for the music industry right now, but as Rwanda celebrates the 26th anniversary of Liberation Day, here's your guide to some of the virtual musical shows to help you enjoy the day. Iwacu Muzika festival Legendary musician Masamba Intore will headline the second...

Saturday, July 4, 2020 - 4:18pm

The faces behind popular liberation songs and inspirations behind them

It’s been 26 years since over one million people lost their lives in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The effects of the genocide still ripple through the daily lives of those who survived it. If the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF-Inkotanyi) had not liberated the country, nobody knows...

Saturday, July 4, 2020 - 2:33pm

The RDF military band music is synonymous with the liberation struggle

‘Swag’ is the first thing you notice when you meet Sgt. Maj. Robert Kabera. He got quite famous when he was a sergeant, his stage name being ‘Sergeant Robert’. His swagger is an added value to his rap skills and voice that makes every Liberation day celebrations on...

Saturday, July 4, 2020 - 2:08pm

Kwibohora26: How music influenced the liberation struggle

The Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF-Inkotanyi) launched the liberation struggle on October 1, 1990, with the fighting arm of the party, Rwanda Patriotic Army (RPA), leading the charge to end the 40-year refugee status of many Rwandans who had been denied entry to live in their own country. The role...

Friday, July 3, 2020 - 7:11pm

#Kwibohora26: Muyango on how RPF inspired the lyrics of their songs

When the Genocide against the Tutsi broke out in 1994, Rwandan cultural music icon Jean-Marie Muyango was in his early 20s and living in Belgium.  We met the legendary singer at his home, where in a calm tone, he narrated how his career into music unfolded and how their songs contributed in...

Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 4:05pm

DJ Pius, Bruce Melody drop new collab

DJ Pius has announced the release of his latest single, “Ubushyuhe, featuring R&B star Bruce Melody. The deejay and singer teased the song across his social media channels earlier this week. The anticipated collab was released this morning, July 2 at 10 a.m. (...

Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 11:41am

Reggae music lovers in for a treat today

Every July 1, the world celebrates the International Reggae Day, also known as, “July One” that celebrates the great Jamaican music and global reggae fraternity. RG Consult, an event management company, is organising a four-hour virtual show in honour of reggae music that has for...

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 12:46am

EAP promises more exciting performances at Iwacu Muzika festival

East African Promoters (EAP) promises more thrilling performances at the ongoing Iwacu Musika festival. EAP is the organiser of the annual festival, in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Culture and ArtRwanda - Ubuhanzi among other partners, to promote Rwandan talent. Unlike last year...

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 8:16am

Nel Ngabo gears up for debut album launch

Just a year after Nelson Byusa Rwangabo, aka Nel Ngabo (pictured), started his music career, a debut album is knocking on the door. The 22-year-old rising star has already won hearts of many because of his fine fusion of lyrics and vocals.  Things could even get better for him because he...

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 12:10am

How new platform will help artistes earn from their work, grow fan base

For many artistes in developing countries, the biggest dilemma remains earning from their work or intellectual property. With payment on royalties and copyright on usage of intellectual property still a pipeline dream, most artistes look to concerts on special events to earn directly from their...

Monday, June 29, 2020 - 9:10pm

Comedians unveil new series to improve remote learning

Rwandan comedian, Japhet Mazimpaka and Etienne (5K) Iryamukuru, have released the first episode of their new series dubbed, “Classroom”, expected to tackle remote learning challenges. The duo is locally known as “Bigomba Guhinduka”- a Kinyarwanda word, loosely translated...

Monday, June 29, 2020 - 12:13am

Hope for artistes as new deal on royalties is signed

For nearly two decades, the music industry has grappled the idea of royalties. Even with the copyright law stipulating that intellectual property must be given value already in place, implementation has been a challenge for artistes, that some have even gone as far as suing media outlets for...

Saturday, June 27, 2020 - 12:06am

Former beauty queens join hands to empower society

Former Miss Rwanda winners have started ‘Nyampinga Foundation’, a new platform through which they expect to join hands and come up with initiatives that will have a positive impact on society. The foundation was initiated to empower women and youth with the right tools to help them...

Friday, June 26, 2020 - 12:03am

Tips on how artistes can remain relevant and keep their star shining

It is no news that artistes can easily go off the scene, regardless of the years they made hit songs and organised massive concerts. It’s very easy for an artist to be forgotten, if no efforts are made to keep relevant. Come to think of it, with new talents that come in the picture often,...

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 12:07am

Africa in Colours festival to resume virtually

The creative industry is one of key sectors affected by the new coronavirus pandemic, which forced a lot of businesses to suspend their operations and cancel planned events. Although some activities were given a green light to resume in Rwanda, on condition that they observe the precautionary...

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 12:06am

Christus Regnat choir gives life advice to the young in new song

LISTEN TO YOUR ELDERS, never forget your roots no matter your status…show kindness to humanity, make more friends, follow the rules and laws in whatever you do. These are some of the key messages in Christus Regnat choir’s new song. The 14-year-old group, one of the renowned Roman...

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 7:57am

Singer Fayçal Kode switches to fashion

Belgium-based Rwandan musician Fayçal ‘Kode’ Ngeruka has diverted from music and ventured into the fashion industry by launching a modelling agency. The talented singer has opened a fashion company dubbed ‘Red Models Agency’ that will specifically deal with fashion-...

Monday, June 22, 2020 - 5:47pm

Iwacu Muzika festival returns in new format this evening

Different from last year’s upcountry live concerts, performances of the second edition of Iwacu Muzika festival will be headlined in a different format, with the first show scheduled this Saturday, organisers have said.  The move comes after the government put a temporary ban on...

Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 12:01am

Gahongayire on inspiration behind latest songs

A few days after it was released on YouTube, “Nzakomeza”, Aline Gahongayire’s latest single, has already garnered more than 36,465 views. The song, however, is not the first to attract attention from gospel lovers, as her previous songs, “Ndanyuzwe” and “...

Friday, June 19, 2020 - 12:48am

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