Entertainment

Are music festivals in Kigali losing their vibe?

Last week, the 2018 edition of Kigali Up themed, For the Love of Rwanda, Make Kigali a Vibrant City, was held and featured Ivorian reggae musician Alpha Blondy, among the many singers who performed at the cultural music festival, but recorded a low performance.  The Ministry of Sports and...

Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 9:41pm

Umuganura 2018: Urukerereza impresses, showcases Rwanda’s traditional dances

Rwanda celebrated the National Harvest Day, Umuganura, yesterday. The main event was held in Nyanza District, Southern Province, but there were celebrations across the country. In Nyanza, the national ballet Urukerereza performed different Rwandan traditional dances. Each of the dances has a...

Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 12:08am

Christafari, Beauty for Ashes in ‘Unstoppable’ concert

Christafari, a Christian reggae band from the US, is already in Kigali, ahead of the ‘Unstoppable’ concert tomorrow, August 4. The band jetted into the country on Wednesday evening for the concert, at which they will perform alongside local gospel band, Beauty for Ashes, the organisers...

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 10:01am

WORD HAS IT...

What is going on between Marina and Derek Sano? Is upcoming female singer Marina trying to get on socialite Sandra Teta’s bad side? Sources say that the artiste and socialite are in a bit of a strife, concerning Derek Sano. Teta was dating Derek, a member of Active boy band, until the two...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 10:43pm

Kigali Marriott Hotel’s ‘wine tasting’ set to become a bimonthly affair

Following the success of the first and second wine tasting events at the Kigali Marriott Hotel, the hotel says it wants to turn the experience into a calendar event. The first edition took place in February, and the second in June. Now, the hotel management says it intends to stage a wine...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:11pm

Benza on bringing Chaka Chaka to Rwanda, local artistes

Raphael Benza is the founder of Vth Season, a full service music entertainment agency based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The company was involved in bringing South African music icon Yvonne Chaka Chaka for the Legends Alive Concert at Camp Kigali last weekend. Vth Season is also home to a...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 10:56pm

Ambassadors of Christ heads off on U.S. tour

Famous Seventh Day Adventist choir, Ambassadors of Christ, will today head off to the United States of America on a 20-day tour. This is the choir’s first U.S. tour. The trip will include evangelistic crusades and concerts in Dallas, Houston and Texas, from August 4-18. For the past...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 12:42am

Rwanda's beauty is underrated - Idris Elba

Idris Elba, the award-winning actor and producer, has described Rwanda as an underrated, beautiful place. In an interview published on Monday in the UK paper The Telegraph, the celebrity - whose full name is IdrissaAkuna Elba - talked about places he recently visited, specifically pointing out...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 7:55pm

Sauti Sol’s no show leaves fans disappointed

FESPAD, the week-long dance festival of celebration, color and regional integration was unveiled at the Amahoro Stadium parking Sunday night. At the same event, activities to mark the National Harvest Day (Umuganura) 2018 were officially launched. Minister Julienne Uwacu speaks during the10th...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 11:40am

Low turn up, no show stars at Kigali International Comedy Festival

The second edition of the Kigali International Comedy Festival wound up in Kigali on Saturday night, but did not live up to its billing. This year, organisers put together a weeklong festival, starting with a school and bar tour from July 22, at which new comedy talent was identified. The best...

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 12:20am

Have we seen the last of KigaliUp music festival?

Amahoro National Stadium parking area was thought to be a place to go for music lovers in town over the weekend – for the closing of the annual music festival KigaliUp – but that was not the case.  Only a few people turned up but they were able to enjoy good music from a long list...

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 12:06am

Meet Ihirwe: Rwanda’s celebrity barber

At a young age, Amza Ihirwe’s dream was to become a great artist. Unfortunately, Nyundo School of Arts stopped teaching Arts in 2002 something that made the then 16year-old opt for sciences at Groupe Scolaire Officielle de Butare secondary school in Huye. But he did not let his talent go to...

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 9:30pm

Igor Mabano on how Nyundo School of Music shaped his career

In 2013, Igor Mabano got a scholarship to study music at Nyundo School of Music, where he formed a music band, Sebeya Band, together with other students. Five years later, he is a teacher at the same school, a singer, song writer, producer and drummer. He had a chat with Sunday Magazine’s...

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 8:47pm

Alpha Blondy lights up KigaliUp despite low turn-up

Alpha Blondy limpressed on Thursday night, as he headlined this year’s KigaliUp music festival at Amahoro National Stadium’s main parking ground, on Thursday night.  Rated by his fans as one of Africa’s best reggae exports, the Ivoirian music legend, born Seydou Koné,...

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 1:53am

Kigali International Comedy Festival on this weekend

Comedy lovers have a reason to smile again as the Kigali International Comedy Festival (KICF) returns for its second run. The festival debuted in November last year, and is organised by the Comedy Knights — credited for pioneering the standup comedy genre in the country. It attracted a...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 1:38pm

Jose Chameleone and siblings to grace ‘Iwacu’ album launch

It is less than 10 days to DJ Pius’s biggest musical gig as a solo musician, and the artiste says all is set. The two-in-one ‘Iwacu’ album launch concert will take place on August 3 and 4, at Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village (Camp Kigali) and Musanze stadium respectively...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 12:07am

WORD HAS IT...

Who’s next in the ‘vanish abroad’ pattern? Dancers of Urukerereza, a popular traditional troupe, ‘disappeared’ at a show in Brussels, Belgium, where they were invited along with famous rhythm and blues singer, Yvan Buravan. We are told that the troupe performed at...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 12:01am

Media watchdog orders website to apologise to singer Safi and wife

Ever since he launched his solo career and tied the knot with Judith Niyonizera last year, singer Safi Niyibikora, who prefers to call himself Safi Madiba, has been a subject of endless stories in the local media lately. If it is not about his music and parting ways with Urban Boys, it is about...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 2:03am

KigaliUp kicks off tomorrow

Unlike previous editions that have always been scheduled over the weekend (Friday-Sunday), this year’s KigaliUp music festival kicks off on Thursday, July 26, at Amahoro National Stadium and runs till Sunday, July 28. This may prove to be good and bad. The bad part is that a Thursday launch...

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 10:56pm

‘Fashion Experience’ to showcase local designs

Fashion lovers in Kigali will be treated to a dazzling event at Hotel Villa Portofino, Nyarutarama, on July 28, as designers showcase their garments. Dubbed ‘Fashion Experience’, the event was organised by Cretos Creations, a textile wholesale start-up that produces brand new ‘...

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 8:39pm