Rwanda Police Spokesperson inspires #StayHome rap challenge amidst Covid-19 lockdown

Rwanda National Police spokesperson, CP John Bosco Kabera. / Photo: File.

A video posted on Twitter by Daniel Izere a.k.a Dany Beats has been trending on social media platforms. It is a short song crafted out of a recorded statement by  Rwanda National Police Spokesperson, CP John Bosco Kabera, calling for people to stay home in a rap beat. 

The tweet was calling for people involved in the music industry, rappers and anyone interested to record a 49-second video flowing with the beat. 

 

Izere, the 25-year-old music producer and songwriter, told The New Times that he saw CP Kabera's video trending and thought it could fit in a rap beat. People have already started joining the challenge on Instagram and TikTok.

 

Besides, the entertainment, the main goal of the challenge is to raise awareness, encouraging social distancing and staying at home.  

 

Replying to what inspired the challenge, Dany said: "#GumamurugoRapChallenge is more than just having fun. I am a producer and I saw how music and entertainment enthusiasts have been affected by the lockdown. This is a way to create a platform for them."

The producer added that he will offer an opportunity to work with those who come up top in the challenge.

#GumumurugoRapChallenge is just a beginning, he explains, in the coming weeks, he will introduce Afrobeat challenge and much more after, for as long as the lockdown will still be in place. 

#Gumamurugo or #Stayhome was imposed by the government, on March 21st as a preventive measure to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

The lockdown is expected to last until April 30th. 

ailiza@newtimesrwanda.com

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