Rapper Grace DaQueen bounces back to music

Rwandan hip-hop artiste, Grace DaQueen has been off the music scene for quite some years now.  The singer, real name Grace Muhawenimana, who had launched her music career in 2010 threw in the towel to focus on raising her family and venture into farming in Zambia where she is currently...

Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 12:00 AM

Podcast sharing experience of Rwandans from the Diaspora

In recent years, there’s been a surge in what some have termed the reverse-brain drain in Africa. That is, Africans living abroad, including the well-educated and wealthy, are choosing to live and work on the continent.  The reasons and motivations for this are many, including: better...

Friday, July 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

There’s more to dance than entertainment - contemporary performer

From childhood, Grace Ingabire, a contemporary dancer, loved to dance. However, there were no dance schools at the time to help her explore her passion, until high school when she began showcasing her skills. “As a child, I danced at every opportunity at home, I danced all day but then it...

Thursday, July 2, 2020, 12:00 AM

#Kwibohora26: Muyango on how RPF inspired the lyrics of their songs

When the Genocide against the Tutsi broke out in 1994, Rwandan cultural music icon Jean-Marie Muyango was in his early 20s and living in Belgium.  We met the legendary singer at his home, where in a calm tone, he narrated how his career into music unfolded and how their songs contributed in...

Thursday, July 2, 2020, 12:00 AM

Origin of ordinary things: The thermometer

Hundreds of years ago scientists realised they could measure changes in temperature by using primitive glass devices filled with liquids that expanded when they were warm and contracted when they cooled. Alcohol and mercury were the liquids most commonly used. According to Jamaica.org,...

Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 12:00 AM

Reggae music lovers in for a treat today

Every July 1, the world celebrates the International Reggae Day, also known as, “July One” that celebrates the great Jamaican music and global reggae fraternity. RG Consult, an event management company, is organising a four-hour virtual show in honour of reggae music that has for...

Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 12:00 AM

Hope for artistes as new deal on royalties is signed

For nearly two decades, the music industry has grappled the idea of royalties. Even with the copyright law stipulating that intellectual property must be given value already in place, implementation has been a challenge for artistes, that some have even gone as far as suing media outlets for...

Saturday, June 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

Local NGO on serving nutritious meals to vulnerable patients

When Isabelle Kamariza founded Solid Africa in 2010, her dreams of feeding 5000 patients from the 20 that she started with seemed too wild to be true. Today, however, the organisation provides three nutritious meals to 800 vulnerable patients daily across six public hospitals in Kigali, namely:...

Thursday, June 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

Origin of ordinary things: Deodorant

Most people are introduced to deodorants in their pre or early teens, when puberty starts to kick in. Deodorants come in form of aerosols (in spray bottles), roll on, gel, wipes, and solid that helps remove or conceal bodily odour that for many, it has become a basic hygienic item. Even before...

Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

Rwanda is spurring a generation of women in technology, AFDB official says

Last year, Rwanda was the only African country ranked in the top 10 of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2020. It was ranked ninth in the Report’s political empowerment category, in recognition of the high proportion of Rwandan female lawmakers and ministers...

Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 8:35 PM

Gahongayire on inspiration behind latest songs

A few days after it was released on YouTube, “Nzakomeza”, Aline Gahongayire’s latest single, has already garnered more than 36,465 views. The song, however, is not the first to attract attention from gospel lovers, as her previous songs, “Ndanyuzwe” and “...

Friday, June 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

What will weddings be like post Covid-19?

When the lockdown, and consequent ban on mass gatherings was announced in March, people on social media joked about how there has never been a better time to get married. To some, however, it wasn’t just a joke. Donn Kwizera (not real name) proposed to his girlfriend last year and was set...

Friday, June 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

How media arts collective is giving Rwandan artists a boost

An art gallery, digital production studio, media lab, co-working space, and artist’s community, all in one, is what would describe Envision Media Arts Collective. Founded in 2018, the collective has been a hub for creative minds to work amongst each other, be inspired by one another, share...

Thursday, June 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

Origin of ordinary things: Perfumes

Smell can evoke feelings and bring back memories that we forgot we had. Perfume is, quite simply, a mastery of some of the most frequent scents, and the artful combination thereof to produce a unique smell for an individual person. According to fragrance.com, Egyptians were responsible for the...

Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

How Covid-19 has affected the entertainment industry

As has been the case with many sectors in the country that were greatly affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Rwanda’s entertainment sector has not been spared. The outbreak of the virus which saw the cancellation of all shows has since put artists’ creativity, to entertain and earn to...

Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

Origin of ordinary things: Graphs

Data is presented in graphs as information is easier to retain visually than as numbers or tables. Graph theory is a branch of mathematics concerned with networks of points connected by lines. The subject of graph theory had its beginnings in recreational math problems, but it has grown into a...

Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

Visual illustrator on using art to drive social change

In 2016, Shemsa Neza, ventured into art, a talent she knew she had from a young age. Since then she has been using her talent to bring about social change. She had a chat with Sharon Kantengwa about her work and plans for her career. How did you become a visual artist? Is there a particular...

Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 10:10 PM

Origin of ordinary things: The atlas

In atlas is a collection of various maps of the earth or a specific region of the earth. Maps that make up atlases are traditionally bound as books. These are either hardcover for reference atlases, or softcover for atlases that are meant to serve as travel guides.  According to ThoughtCo,...

Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

Tom Close, African artistes hail Covid-19 doctors in new song

As the world still grapples with the effects of Covid-19, 11 artistes from 11 African countries have come together to show support and appreciation for the medical workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus battle around the world during this difficult time, through a song dubbed, ‘My White...

Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

Rwanda’s vaccination programmes not affected by Covid-19, health ministry says

The World Health Organisation (WHO) in April expressed concerns about the Covid-19 epidemic’s impact on routine immunisation programmes for children, as they cited that 21 low and middle income countries were already reporting vaccine shortages due to travel disruptions and border closures...

Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 12:03 AM

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