Entertainment

Meet Mulisa, the 11-year-old upcoming traditional musician

It is not common in Rwanda for modern artistes to consider going into traditional music or ‘Gakondo’ given its complexity, with many opting for modern genres like Afrobeat and R&B. But that is not the case of Jimmy Mulisa, the 11-year-old who is undoubtedly one of few young and...

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 9:27pm

Danny Vumbi announces virtual album launch

After more than five years without releasing an album, Rwandan afrobeat artiste Daniel Semivumbi, popularly known by the stage name Danny Vumbi, has announced details of a virtual album launch for his third collection dubbed, ‘Inkuru Nziza’. The event, which will be broadcast via...

Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 12:01am

Revolution workshop: Telling Rwanda’s story through fashion

A small calabash hangs in the corner of his shop, located in one of the show rooms of Envision Workshop, an arts collective and social collective. This, however, does not just serve as décor, but tells the story behind the workshop. “My journey into design started with a broken calabash...

Friday, May 22, 2020 - 12:26am

Meet Linda Montez, one of Rwanda’s representatives in The Voice Afrique

Her vocals are unquestionably good to listen to. And when she goes low, you think she can’t do the highs, until she proves you wrong. A mixture of high and low octaves has taken her places.  “I love music because it makes me feel so safe and that is who I am.” Linda...

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 1:19am

Tuff Gang members led by Jay Polly set for virtual reunion

They were popular during their days but they could not stand the test of time, each member taking his own path but the once much-loved Tuff Gang hip-hop group is coming together for a virtual show.  The rappers Bull Dogg, Fireman, Jay Polly and Green are plotting to reunite and entertain...

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 12:08am

Rapper Babou back after 4-year hiatus

Remember the "baby rapper" Babou who rose to fame around 2010? Well, he is back after completing his secondary studies.  The rapper, real name, Arnold Shema, aka Babou has all his eyes on picking up where he stopped in music about four years ago. The 19-year old last week...

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 4:15pm

Symphony band sets eyes on producing own music

From singing other people’s songs to backing up artistes on the big stage, Symphony Band has done it all in the short time the band which is made up of Nyundo School of Art and Music has been around. Today, Symphony band is arguably one of the best bands in town, if not the best, given how...

Monday, May 18, 2020 - 12:05am

Poets on the therapeutic benefits of poetry

For many, poems are just simple, boring compositions that rhyme but for others, poetry is not just an art and talent but also a form of therapy.  Ritah Umutoni recalls falling in love with poetry, before she even noticed. One Thursday evening she was bored at home. A close friend proposed...

Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 12:27am

Tonzi: From choir girl to a force in gospel music

Clementine Uwitonze, commonly known as Tonzi, is considered a pioneer of modern gospel music in the country. Her gospel songs such as ‘Humura’, ‘Sijamuvako’ and ‘Nzajya ngusingiza’, among others, turned her into a household name. Having grown up in a...

Friday, May 15, 2020 - 12:04am

How Sezerano stumbled into the world of art and fell in love

He may be regarded as one of Rwanda’s established visual artists but Onesime Sezerano never saw himself pursuing art as profession, having grown up aspiring to be a scientist.  The 30-year-old, despite being talent with drawing skills since childhood, wanted to pursue sciences....

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 3:22am

Ruti drops new song

As the country was under a lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19, some artistes never halted their activities, with some even implementing their ideas faster than they used to in normal times. Joel Rumata, aka Ruti Joel, is one of the few ‘Gakondo’ artistes, who continued to...

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 9:14am

Cyusa's new song, 'Umubabaro' based on true story

Ibrahim Cyusa, a traditional singer and dancer, on Tuesday, May 12, released a new song titled, 'Umubabaro', which he says is based on a true story. According to the singer, the song was inspired by a friend's heartbreak experience. "The song is based on a true story; it'...

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 12:16am

Ubumuntu Festival 2020 to go virtual

Just like other sectors, entertainment and art were equally affected by the global pandemic, COVID-19. In Rwanda, public and social gatherings that include entertainment activities have been banned. Among the affected is Mashirika Performing Arts and Media Company, the theatre company...

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 12:33pm

Igor Mabano to release debut album online

After a cancelled concert for his debut album launch in March, singer Igor Mabano has decided to release his latest album, ‘Urakunzwe’ via different online platforms. The 25-year-old singer has spent enough time preparing for a concert for his album on March 21, at Kigali Serena...

Monday, May 11, 2020 - 12:31am

Mighty Popo releases new single “Rwagasabo”

Gakondo music lovers, have been blessed with a new single “Rwagasabo” by Jacques Muligande, known by stage name Mighty Popo, produced by Kina Music. According to Mighty Popo, the song calls on all Rwandans to be humble and practice gratitude while helping each other and contributing...

Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 12:25am

Jules Sentore counting losses as he postpones double-album launch

Traditional singer Jules Sentore says he has shelved plans to launch his planned album due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The singer had scheduled his concert to launch his album “Inganzo yaratabaye” for July 2020 but now it seems unlikely as the country continues to observe measures to...

Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 12:24am

How do musicians build a fan base?

Imagine showing up on stage for a performance, and unfortunately, the audience remains ‘cold’ and dull, with no cheer — or even worse, they start booing you. These are situations musicians have to put up with, especially when an upcoming artiste yet to make an impression. It...

Friday, May 8, 2020 - 12:25am

Bonds & Brooms: Acknowledging the women behind the clean streets of Kigali through photography

Eric Murinzi is many things in one. The 26-year old freelance photographer and videographer describes himself as a music lover and storyteller, among the many things that define him. He is also the brain behind Bonds & Brooms, an artistic project that celebrates people whose job is to sweep...

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 7:47am

Ngarambe to represent Rwanda at Miss Face of Humanity

Twenty-three-year-old Rita Laurence Ngarambe is set to represent Rwanda at Miss Face of Humanity 2020 slated from September 26 to October 10 in Toronto, Canada, if all goes according to plan.  The competition is a project of The Face of Humanity, a global platform for young female...

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 12:27am

Meet Ireney Mercy, the gospel singer weathering the storm

The gospel music industry, unlike the mainstream secular music industry in Rwanda, remains a difficult one to manoeuvre and requires resilience to remain relevant, but  Ireney Mercy Safari has proved that he can weather the storm.  The 27-year-old didn’t know that he could become...

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 12:26am

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