Moses Opobo

Nkubi site, a hidden historical gem in Ruhango District

Deep in Bweramana sector, Ruhango district in Southern Province is Nkubi, a yet-to-be-gazetted cultural site that is much revered by the locals.  Ruhango is one of the eight districts that make up Southern Province, with a population of slightly over 300,000 people.  I recently...

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 12:00 AM

Zouk, Kizomba, love at Slai’s Zouk Love Party

It was all Zouk and Kizomba dance moves, and love in the air as French crooner Slai (Patrice Sylvester) returned to Kigali Friday night, for a concert dubbed Zouk Love Party at the Cadillac Nightclub. Like was the case when he headlined the Kigali Jazz Junction’s February edition (it was...

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 4:29 PM

Cadillac to host Zouk Love Party with Slaï

This Friday night, French Zouk sensation, Slaï, real name Patrice Sylvestre returns to Kigali for a concert dubbed Zouk Love Party, at Cadillac night club.  The Zouk Love Party is the first live music concert featuring an international act since the club opened its doors to the public...

Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 12:00 AM

One Voice Rwanda, Hope Irakoze in social impact collaboration

Wowe, is a new Rwandan all-star song, with a gripping social impact message. The project is the brainchild of fast-rising local video producer Louis Udahemuka, the owner of Fine Productions, an audio and video production company based in Kiyovu, a city suburb. Wowe,  meaningYou),  is...

Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

Cadillac introduces Gakondo theme nights

As Kigali nightlife business gets more competitive by the day, it is innovate or die for most operators. For nightclub owners, the challenge posed by the proliferation of neighborhood bars and lounges has seen many lose out on a chunk of their clientele, or close shop all together. For Cadillac...

Monday, August 5, 2019, 5:17 PM

Cultural awareness training comes to Rwanda

Impact Route is a new Rwandan social enterprise that provides cultural awareness and cultural intelligence training to bridge cultural gaps and facilitate cross cultural interaction. It is the brainchild of Justin Ngoga, a certified Cultural Intelligence trainer and the first Rwandan to be...

Monday, August 5, 2019, 1:41 AM

Ubumuntu Arts Festival 2019 was a call to break down barriers to humanity

Curtains fell on the Ubumuntu Arts Festival at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Amphitheater, Sunday night, with a call for all citizens of the world to actively take part in breaking down barriers to human progress. From Friday July 12, artistes and performance troupes from 16 countries across the...

Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

Ikaze Night Party ushers in Ubumuntu Arts Festival

Ikaze Night is a precursor to the annual Ubumuntu Arts Festival, whose 2019 edition kicks off today, July 12, at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Amphitheater. The event is organised primarily to celebrate artistic talent, and raise funds towards the cause of the festival, which is free entrance. The...

Thursday, July 11, 2019, 12:32 PM

When Belgium’s iconic sculpture was draped with Rwandan attire again

Manneken Pis, the landmark bronze sculpture in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, received a Rwandan fashion makeover recently, as part of activities to mark 25 years of Rwanda’s liberation. The sculpture, which depicts a naked boy urinating into a fountain’s basin, was first put in...

Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 12:00 AM

5th edition of Ubumuntu Arts Festival launched

The 5th edition of the annual Ubumuntu Arts Festival kicks off this Friday, at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Amphitheater. The festival, which closes on Sunday, July 14, brings together artists and performance troupes from 16 countries across the globe. Participating countries at this year’s...

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 12:00 AM

The evolution of Kigali’s night time economy

Rudy Ghirini had been visiting Rwanda from Burundi periodically even before the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi unfolded. Every once or twice a year, he travelled to Rwanda from Bujumbura, mostly to visit the Akagera National Park. Ghirini was among the first crop of people to venture into Rwanda...

Saturday, July 6, 2019, 12:01 AM

Five years on, Ubumuntu Arts Festival is now a global script

In less than two weeks’ time, the annual Ubumuntu Arts Festival returns to Kigali Genocide Memorial in Gisozi for its 5th staging. The four-day festival is slated for July 12-15 at the memorial’s outdoor amphitheater, which has played host to the event since its inception in July 2015...

Sunday, June 30, 2019, 12:29 AM

Not just wine at Flute Wine Bar and Kitchen

An open, airy, and fresh aura is what hits you first once you set foot at the Flute Wine Bar and Kitchen, in Gishushu. The spanking new facility is located in the same building that once housed the former Trophy’s Sports Lounge, down the road below RDB and slightly past Question Coffee. From...

Saturday, June 29, 2019, 12:00 AM

The return of Kabana Bar, Resto and Pizzeria

The Kacyiru-based bar, resto and pizzeria re-opens its doors to the public this evening, after a nearly six-week hiatus. The event will feature live band entertainment by the Neptunez Band. For Kigali pizza lovers, the name Kabana needs no introduction, as the establishment has consistently...

Friday, June 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

The rise and rise of Nep DJs

Formed in March last year, Nep DJs is arguably the most visible professional DJ unit on the Kigali corporate events scene today. The unit is made up of 25-year-old Bertrand Kaysan Iyarwema, aka DJ Berto, and 22-year-old Habib Kamugisha, also known as DJ Habz. The two may not be blood brothers,...

Friday, June 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

Nzaza, an intercultural music project

Nzaza (translated to mean, ‘I will come’) is an intercultural music project that was initiated by Claudine Ndimbira, aka Shenge, a Rwandan female filmmaker and musician. It is a collaborative effort between eleven artists from nine different nationalities. Recorded at the...

Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 12:00 AM

‘Nufashwa Yafasha’: Giving back to Gatsibo

Charity, the old saying goes, begins at home, and for local radio/TV personality Bujyacera Jean Paul, that home is in Ngarama Sector of Gatsibo District, in the Eastern Province. As a journalist with Radio and TV Isango Star, Bujyacera is better known to his followers as Gutermann, German for...

Sunday, June 16, 2019, 1:50 AM

From technology to womanhood, PechaKucha comes to Kigali

When PechaKucha debuted in Kigali last night, few, with the exception of organisers, had ever heard the term. Even fewer were those that could pronounce the word right. PechaKucha describes a new style of presentation that has been on the rise since 2003, when it was formulated by Astrid Klein...

Friday, June 7, 2019, 4:56 PM

All set for inaugural Kigali Photo Festival

The inaugural Kigali Photo Festival opens to the public today, June 7, as a weeklong celebration of photography and the importance of images. The festival, to be hosted at the Kigali Centre for Photography in Kacyiru, is a collaborative initiative between youthful photographers Jacques Nkinzingabo...

Friday, June 7, 2019, 12:00 AM

Maleek Berry, Ya Levis for Sounds of Summer 2019 concert in Kigali

This month, music lovers are in for a treat, as the first Sounds of Summer Music Festival comes to town. Dubbed, “Sounds of Summer 2019”, the event is slated for June 28, at the Intare Conference and Events Arena in Rusororo. Nigerian singer Maleek Berry of the “Kontrol”...

Thursday, June 6, 2019, 12:00 AM