Media owners threaten to stop playing local music amid royalties saga

Several local broadcasters have threatened to stop playing songs of local musicians if they are required to pay royalties.   The move follows a complaint raised by Rwanda Society of Authors (RSAU) in August denouncing unlawful exploitation of copyrighted art works by media houses....

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 11:00 AM

Rusesabagina’s rights are fully respected, says rights watchdog

The National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) has said that terror suspect Paul Rusesabagina is getting treatment he is entitled to under the Rwandan laws and that his rights are being respected accordingly. The observations follow the commission's visit to Rusesabagina, on...

Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 11:55 PM

Impact of Covid-19 pandemic on local basket-weaving industry

Rwandan basket weavers are urging Rwandans to buy locally produced baskets since most of the products were previously exported.  ‘Agaseke’, or Rwandan traditional basket has been a very essential part of everyday Rwandan life that started many years back in Ruhango District and...

Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 12:00 AM

Hundreds throng Kigali streets as Car Free Day returns

After a six-month wait, people of all ages ushered into streets across Kigali as the Car Free Day finally returned on Sunday, September 20 following the Ministry of Sports’ announcement a week before. The bi-monthly physical mass sports exercise was among Sports activities which...

Sunday, September 20, 2020, 3:26 PM

PSG Academy in Rwanda to start operations next month

French club Paris Saint-Germain’s football academy will start operations in Rwanda in October ‘if things go according to plan’, the Ministry of Sports has said. The academy is part of a three-year sponsorship deal that was signed last December between Rwanda and the...

Saturday, September 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

Upgrade works of Amahoro stadium to start in December

The Ministry of Sports has announced that activities to renovate the Amahoro National Stadium, Amahoro Indoor Stadium and the Paralympic Games Gymnasium will commence in December and end next year. The upgrade, which could reportedly cost over Rwf2 billion, will see the stadium’s capacity...

Saturday, September 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

Rapper Jay Polly performing in Dubai

Rwandan rapper Jay Polly will entertain East Africans in Dubai today, September 19. The show, dubbed ‘East African Night’, is organised by Royal al Emaral General Trading LLC, and will be held at Venom Deira Club & Lounge. Speaking about the performance, Jay Polly said this...

Saturday, September 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

There are fake construction permits on the market, City of Kigali warns

When Joyce, a US-based Rwandan national, wanted to build commercial residential apartments in her home country, she entrusted her brother, Innocent Kimenyi to see through the process, right from the procurement of the construction permit, to supervising the works. The multi-storied house was set...

Friday, September 18, 2020, 9:45 AM

I have not quit Active, says Derek Sano

Singer Derek Sano has dismissed rumours that he could have quit all boy group Active to start a solo music career.  The day the singer released his own Extended Play (EP), came as a signal to many that his journey with Active might be coming to an end to follow the likes of Urban Boys,...

Thursday, September 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

Alyn Sano dedicates new love song to lovers

Afro-pop singer Alyn Sano has finally released her long-awaited song 'Perimana'.  Her hoarse voice and great dance skills give you such a great feeling when you listen to it. Somewhere in between the song, the lyrics get stuck in your head all too easily—and you won't...

Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 12:28 AM

The Ben, Sherrie Silver nominated for AFRIMMA 2020

Nominations for the African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) 2020, which celebrates musical works, talents, and creativity around the African continent, were revealed recently. Representing Rwanda on the nominees’ list this year are The Ben and Sherrie Silver, who were nominated for Best...

Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

Seven Rwandans shortlisted for Miss Career Africa pre-selections

Seven Rwandan women have been nominated among fifteen East African participants contesting for selection in the top ten that will represent the region at the second edition of Miss Career Africa competition. The Miss Career Africa program empowers young women professionals and entrepreneurs and...

Monday, September 14, 2020, 11:58 AM

Who won what in Kiss Summer Awards 2020?

The winners for the third edition of Kiss Summer Awards were finally announced during an event held on September 12, at Kiss FM headquarters. The annual awards are organised by Kiss FM, a local entertainment radio station, to recognize artistes whose music made the difference through the summer...

Monday, September 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

Second group of Burundian refugees to be repatriated on Thursday

The second group of around 500 Burundian refugees will on Thursday, September 10, be repatriated from Mahama Refugee Camp to their home country, the Ministry of Emergency Management has said. The ongoing repatriation exercise comes into force after over 330 Burundian refugees...

Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 3:22 PM

Actress Kabano speaks out on her first international award

When the novel Petit Pays, by Rwandan-French rapper and author Gael Faye, was first launched in Rwanda, Isabelle Kabano was among the first people to read it.  “I was among the first people to read Petit Pays when it was first introduced in the country, and the story touched my...

Saturday, September 5, 2020, 12:00 AM

Journalists are accepting payments as influencers, sparking an ethical debate

In the digital era, the rise of social media has created influencers who have increasingly become a priority target for companies and PR professionals. Brands use influencers to push their products or raise awareness on their work, and with research showing that consumers are more likely to buy...

Friday, September 4, 2020, 7:00 AM

Covid-19: Recoveries surpass active cases again as one dies

Rwanda's Covid-19 recoveries have once again surpassed the number of active cases for the first time in days after 92 patients recovered from the pandemic on Thursday.  According to a daily status update from the ministry of health, the country recorded 37 new cases on the same day....

Friday, September 4, 2020, 12:14 AM

Road World Championships: Team Rwanda wary over visa restrictions

Sept. 24: Women Elite individual Time Trial Sept. 25: Men Elite individual Time Trial Sept. 26: Women Elite road race Sept. 27: Men Elite road race Travel restrictions in the European Schengen area could hammer Team Rwanda’s chances of participating at the...

Friday, September 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

Kabano wins Best Actress prize for role in Petit Pays

The Film Francophone d’Angoulême, an annual French film festival, on Wednesday, September 2 awarded Isabelle Kabano as the Best Actress for her role in the movie “Petit Pays” by a Rwandan-French rapper and author, Gael Faye. Founded by Dominique Besnehard in 2008, the annual...

Thursday, September 3, 2020, 1:26 PM

Meddy offers to pay school fees for 7-year-old in viral video

US-based Rwandan singer Medard Jobert Ngabo, commonly known by stage name Meddy, has offered to pay school fees for a seven-year-old boy Bright Karyugahawe, whose video dancing the singer’s new song “We Don’t Care” went viral on social media.  The talented dancer,...

Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 12:00 AM

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