Entertainment

DJ Adams on entertaining Rwandans for over two decades

Adam Abubaker, aka DJ Adams, started deejaying in 1993 while living in Kenya. He returned to Rwanda in 1997 with his family and commenced his trade, often playing music in several night clubs.  In 2006, he joined radio as a DJ and presenter.  The 43-year-old had a chat with Sharon...

Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 12:01am

Rwandan DJs on challenges they encounter at their job

Disc jockeys, also known as DJs, play a vital role in ensuring that you get happy when you go out or when you attend a party. They create the mood and bring the fun to the house. Their job cannot be underestimated, as they perform for live audiences with different tastes and make sure you have...

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 12:37pm

Kagame a proud grandpa as First Family welcomes first grandchild

President Paul Kagame on Monday, July 20, announced the birth of his first grandchild, thanks to his daughter Ange Kagame and in-law Bertrand Ndengeyingoma. The Head of State took to Twitter to announce the birth. It has since emerged that Ange, who tied the knot with Ndengeyingoma in July last...

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 12:21pm

“It is our time”-Bruce Melodie vows after Kenyan Governor is filmed singing ‘Katerina’

Rwandan music star Bruce Melodie is confident that his music and Rwandan music will sweep airwaves in the East African region after Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho was spotted singing one of his major hits “Katerina.” A TikTok video of governor Joho singing "Katerina", as the...

Monday, July 20, 2020 - 2:14am

Boosting shoots grants winners announced

In mid-June, Goethe-Institut Kigali posted a call for application targeting artists, who are based in Rwanda for digital mini-productions of up to 1 minute. They urged artists in all disciplines to be creative, digital as well as stay safe as they brainstormed their pitches for application....

Monday, July 20, 2020 - 12:15am

Gakondo musicians mourn Munyanshongore

Traditional music stars have been left in shock following the passing of National Ballet Urukerereza’s longest-serving traditional singer and dancer Yahaya Munyanshongore, who died on Friday evening at Kibagabaga Hospital, in Gasabo District. Sources told The New Times the singer succumbed...

Monday, July 20, 2020 - 12:14am

RCFS event now repackaged to promote cultural tourism

The next edition of the Rwanda Cultural Fashion Show (RCFS) will feature a series of shows promoting cultural tourism through fashion, as organisers look to reposition the annual event in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Like other fashion brands and shows around the world,...

Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 12:06am

Dance: The power of letting go

Movement is life.  For us to be in existence, something has to always be in motion. Millions of cells are being produced in our bodies, blood is moving, and we are breathing in and out.  It is this sense of life that I feel when I dance; movement is indeed life.  Sometimes,...

Friday, July 17, 2020 - 10:34am

Every person has a story: An interview with veteran actor Kennedy Mazimpaka

“You cannot talk about the burgeoning Rwandan film industry without mentioning Kennedy Mazimpaka. The 60-year-old actor has been featured in almost all international films that have been produced in Rwanda. I caught up with him and here are some excerpts.” Your acting career...

Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 1:06am

The rise and rise of DJ Marnaud

Arnaud Mugisha Gatera, professionally known as DJ Marnaud, is an exception. Last year alone, the hunky received invitations from three different local universities to give their students a career talk, following persistent requests from the students. “I was hyped at the prospect of...

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 1:33pm

Ubumuntu arts festival 2020 kicks off Friday

Though the new coronavirus pandemic continues to hit the creative industry, some have adjusted and found a way to continue with their plans. Preparations are ongoing for the 6th edition of Ubumuntu Arts festival which opens on Friday, July 17 and closes on Sunday, July 19, organisers have announced...

Monday, July 13, 2020 - 7:19am

How Covid-19 has affected the fashion industry

The new coronavirus pandemic was confirmed in Rwanda in March and the government moved fast to impose a lockdown as part of the measures to curb the spread of the virus. Everything came to a standstill. The pandemic had a huge impact on almost every industry, especially businesses which were...

Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 2:44pm

I want to take Gakondo to the world - Icyusa

Tchatching Icyusa Cy’ Ingenzi is a Rwandan artiste based in the U.S. He specialises mostly in the Rwandan traditional music and dance, commonly known as, Gakondo. While on a trip back home to welcome his first born, he could not travel back to the U.S. after restrictions against the new...

Friday, July 10, 2020 - 12:18pm

Danny Vumbi’s album price sparks mixed reactions

Singer and songwriter, Danny Vumbi, is gearing up to launch his third album “Inkuru Nziza”, slated for July 17.  The “Ni danger” singer, born Daniel Semivumbi, on Tuesday, July 7, announced that a copy of the album will cost Rwf100, 000 (just over $100), a price...

Friday, July 10, 2020 - 12:51am

Rapper Grace DaQueen bounces back to music

Rwandan hip-hop artiste, Grace DaQueen has been off the music scene for quite some years now.  The singer, real name Grace Muhawenimana, who had launched her music career in 2010 threw in the towel to focus on raising her family and venture into farming in Zambia where she is currently...

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 12:44am

Fabrice and Maya determined to serve God through music

Fabrice and Maya Nzeyimana are a married couple that have dedicated their lives to serving God through singing. They have written and sung many songs together.  For those who go to Christian Life Assembly (CLA), you have probably had pastors thanking Fabrice and Maya for coordinating the...

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 12:03am

Mariya Yohana’s journey to become the icon of liberation songs

Marie-Jeanne Mukankuranga describes herself as ‘old enough’ when one asks her about her age. She is among, if not the oldest artistes in the country. Her stage name is a translation of Marie-Jeanne, Mariya Yohana, and she is renowned as a liberation music singer, where one of her...

Monday, July 6, 2020 - 7:50am

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...

Sunday, July 5, 2020 - 11:04pm

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

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