Entertainment

Mtukudzi jets in Thursday for Jazz Junction

Zimbabwean Afro Jazz legend Oliver Mtukudzi, jets into the country Thursday morning, for one of the highest billed Kigali Jazz Junction appearances since the forum was initiated  three years ago. Mtukudzi is the main headline act at this month’s edition of the Kigali Jazz Junction,...

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 8:31pm

‘Crocodile hunter’ Steve Irwin’s family launch new show

The family of late Australian conservationist and “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin are following in his footsteps with a new television show dedicated to their wildlife conservation work. “Crikey! It’s the Irwins” will follow Irwin’s wife Terri and their two...

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 8:30pm

AMAA awards fail to live up to hype

Shabby…amateurish…low budget. Those words best describe the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), gala night in Kigali on Saturday. Earlier before the event, organisers had promised a star-studded evening of “style, prestige, and glamour”. In the end, the only glamorous...

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 10:31am

Rihanna turns down Super Bowl show, backs Kaepernick

Pop superstar Rihanna declined an offer to perform at a Super Bowl halftime show, because she supported former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and his protest against racial injustice, according to media reports. US Weekly and other reports cited an unnamed source as saying...

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 10:24am

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, star of Seinfeld and Veep, awarded U.S. humor prize

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, an American comedian whose career on the stage led to iconic roles on shows such as Seinfeld, was honored on Sunday for contributing to the national culture. Louis-Dreyfus gained fame as Elaine - the perpetually single neurotic in Jerry Seinfeld’s ensemble sitcom - but...

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 10:20am

AMAA 2018 winners

The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) award gala in Kigali on Saturday night saw 27 black films/filmmakers win accolades in various film disciplines. The 14th edition of the annual award took place at the Intare Conference Arena, a mega Conference and Events facility in Rusororo outside Kigali....

Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 10:00pm

Karahanyuze: Rwanda’s captivating folklore music

The world of music evolves with generations which come and go. Rwanda’s music, too, has a history which is hard to write off no matter how many years it lasts, it remains in people’s hearts. That is what is exactly happening to Rwanda’s old school music, which is commonly known...

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 8:08pm

Art Rwanda-Ubuhanzi: Off to boot camp

Come October 28, the pioneer finalists of the newly launched Art Rwanda-Ubuhanzi talent search project will report to boot camp, at a yet to be named venue. Launched on August 24, in Kigali, the project seeks to identify young artistic talent across a wide spectrum of art disciplines, and offer...

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 9:48pm

Groove Awards to recognise more gospel artistes

The 2018 Groove Awards Rwanda edition have returned with a new format, which will see the winners determined by a panel of judges instead of the fans as it was in the past editions. The annual awards recognising the best gospel musicians, choirs, journalists, producers, and promoters of gospel...

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 10:03am

Nerea by Sauti Sol

The popular Kenyan group Sauti Sol once released a song titled Nerea, one of those times I felt like they had sat down to think of lyrics. In the song a man is appealing to Nerea not to terminate ‘his’ pregnancy. I love the song’s lyrics; they’re powerful, the kind that...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:09pm

Mashariki AFF 2019 dates and submission deadline unveiled

The deadline of the 2019 Mashariki African Film Festival, (MAAFF) has been confirmed. In less than two weeks after the call for entries for next year’s Mashariki African Film Festival was made, organisers have received over 40 film submissions from Rwanda and across the continent. The 5th...

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 11:16pm

Gael Faye’s book, Petit Pays to be adapted into film

Casting is underway in Kigali for the film adaptation of Petit Pays, a book by French-Rwandan rapper and author Gael Faye. Published in August 2016, Petit Pays (French for small country) is the author’s recollection of the civil war in Burundi in 1993, and subsequently genocide across the...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 11:28pm

70 make it to Art Rwanda-Ubuhanzi boot camp

A total of 70 hopefuls from different categories, in the recently concluded Art Rwanda-Ubuhanzi auditions, made it through to the next stage of the nationwide competition. The auditions took place last weekend in Kabuga, Kigali. Art Rwanda-Ubuhanzi is a talent search competition. It is a...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 10:50am

Uwimana’s concert lives up to expectations despite power outage

On Sunday, Aimé Uwimana, arguably one of the most revered gospel artistes in the country, thrilled his fans with enchanting gospel performances at Kigali Conference and Exhibiton Village at a concert dubbed “Hari Amashimwe.” However, the concert was marred by power issues when the...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 9:57am

Dream Boys impresses in Texas

They came, they saw, they conquered! That sums up the U.S trip of Rwandan music duo Dream Boys’ Saturday performance in Irvin, Texas. The boy band made up of Platini Nemeye, and Claude “TMC” Mujyanama performed at the East Africa Chamber of Commerce (EACC), closing dinner in the...

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 9:25pm

Will Rwanda’s new music Awards last the distance?

In August, a new platform dubbed ‘Music Awards Rwanda’ (MAR) was unveiled to recognise outstanding local artistes as a way to spur competition among them with a mission to promote quality and make Rwandan music more dynamic. The awards are expected to bridge the gap that was left...

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 1:48am

Shema on her experience showing her collection at Busan Fashion Week

Charlotte Shema is a dynamic and intrepid fashion designer, and founder of Touch of Rwanda Fashion Designs that deals in men’s and women’s collections. Shema is in South Korea, where she was showcasing her collection at the just-concluded annual Busan Fashion Week. The designer...

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 12:24am

Uwimana’s ‘Hari Amashimwe’ concert set for Sunday

Aime Uwimana will on October 14 treat gospel music lovers to a live concert dubbed, ‘Hari Amashimwe.’ Taking place at Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village, the performances will kick off at 5pm, with performances by Israel Mbonyicyambu, Simon Kabera, and True Promises...

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 12:16am

Fashion shows: Is Rwanda’s fashion scene coming of age?

The fashion industry in Rwanda has proved to be one of the fastest growing industries. With many young talented designers and models gracing the fashion scene, the industry is proving to be more lucrative than ever. Designers and fashion promoters have relentlessly held Rwanda’s flag high...

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 11:56pm

6 African films enter the Oscars race

Africa’s film star continues to rise as more countries from the continent continue to submit entries in the foreign language category and with Malawi and Niger becoming first-time entrants this year in the Academy Awards film race. Eighty-seven countries qualified for submitted films for...

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 11:51pm