Susan Babijja

Registration for DOA DOA festival on

Rwandan musicians have been called on to register for the annual East African festival dubbed, DOA DOA. The festival that takes place in Uganda aims at bringing together musicians to promote their music beyond borders. Previously, Mani Martin is the only Rwandan musician who has been taking part...

Thursday, February 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

Melodie to launch album on Women’s Day

Bruce Itahiwaco aka Melodie is set to launch his debut album-Ndumiwe on International Women’s Day on March 8, at Kigali Serena Hotel. The 24-year-old singer who shot to fame in 2010 with his hit singles Tubivemo and Telephone says his album is a dedication to Rwandan women and to all women...

Friday, February 7, 2014, 12:00 AM

Ingabire reflects on her reign as Miss Gender

IN March last year, Jacqueline Ingabire was crowned Miss Gender in the first ever Miss Gender pageant organised in Rwanda. The then second year student of Umutara Polytechnic University beat 14 other contestants to the title.  A year after she was crowned, the 23-year-old talked to The New...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 12:00 AM

Meet Caleb, the rising star of traditional music

From being a backup singer to owning a band and later joining Gakondo; a traditional music group, one can easily say Bientot Caleb was born to be a musician. He worked with various musicians before he joined Gakondo Group headed by renowned traditional musician Intore Masamba. The New...

Sunday, February 2, 2014, 12:00 AM

China committed to good relations with Rwanda – envoy

China is committed to strengthening the cordial relationship with Rwanda, the Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda, Shen Yongxiang, has said. Yongxiang was speaking at a function organised by the  Chinese Community in Rwanda to celebrate  the Chinese New Year on Monday. The event was held at...

Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 12:00 AM

Gakondo Group set for country tour

Local traditional music group, Gakondo, will kick off their country tour on February 6. The one month tour will feature performances of traditional Rwandan music and dance.  Intore Masamba, the leader of the group said the tour is in line with the group’s mission to promote traditional...

Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 12:00 AM

Catholic church builds Rwf700m vocational school in Gicumbi

A Technical and Vocational school worth Rwf 700 million is to be constructed in Rushaki sector, Gicumbi District. This was revealed by Bishop Servilian Nzakamwita, the head of Regina Mundi Catholic Parish at the ground breaking ceremony on Saturday. The ceremony was presided over by the Northern...

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 12:00 AM

Rema banks on youth for environmental protection

INVESTING in the young generation as agents of change is the easiest way to build a culture of environment protection, the Deputy Director-General of Rwanda Environment Management Authority (Rema), Eng. Colletha Ruhamya, has said.Eng. Ruhamya made the call during the launch of a greening programme...

Monday, January 27, 2014, 12:00 AM

MPs join Jabana residents to build houses for returnees

MPs yesterday joined residents of Jabana Sector in Gasabo District for the monthly community work, Umuganda, where they participated in clearing land for the construction of houses for Rwandans recently expelled from Tanzania. Officials from the local government, police, army, public and private...

Sunday, January 26, 2014, 12:00 AM

Transparent process attracting more girls to beauty pageants

Mike Karangwa is a local musician, journalist and radio programme presenter. He has featured in a panel of judges for several university beauty pageants and is also expected to be one of those to adjudicate in the Miss Rwanda 2014 contest slated for next month. When did you start being involved in...

Saturday, January 25, 2014, 12:00 AM

Mani Martin, Senegalese singer release collabo

Afrobeat singer, Mani Martin and Senegalese Hip-hop star Baay Bia have released their first collabo.Mama Africa was produced by local music producer Nicola and it is enjoying massive airplay on radio stations across the country.Speaking to The New Times, the Urukumbuzi star said he has realised the...

Friday, January 24, 2014, 12:00 AM

Urban Boys for European tour

Urban Boys have staged shows across the region. They have shared the stage with regional and international music stars. But as things stand, they are spreading their wings far and beyond as they kick off the European tour which will see them perform in several countries. The group leaves the...

Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 12:00 AM

Melodie to launch debut album

DESPITE being on the music scene for the past three years, he has largely been curtain raising for the country’s big musicians.However, the promising star has now declared its time to step out of the shadows of other artistes’ and claim his spotlight. Singer-songwriter Bruce Melodie is...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 12:00 AM

Plan International Rwanda to spend Rwf39 bn

Plan International Rwanda has put aside over Rwf39 bn for the organisation’s main projects over the next five years.This was announced last week as the NGO unveiled its five-year strategic plan.The organisation is set to intensify its activities in programmes, including girls’ education...

Monday, January 20, 2014, 12:00 AM

Regional Muslim leaders agree to strengthen ties

Muslim leaders from around the region have agreed to strengthen ties as one of the ways to spread the Islamic faith.This was one of the resolutions made during a five-day regional conference that attracted Muslim leaders from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, Democratic Republic of...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 12:00 AM

Mentors to get net books and projectors

Approximately 1000 net books and projectors will be distributed to senior and school-based mentors to support high quality teacher training in English language and teaching methods.The five week national distribution and training kicked off on January 13 at Club House La Palisse Hotel,...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 12:00 AM

Mentors to get net books and projectors

Approximately 1000 net books and projectors will be distributed to senior and school-based mentors to support high quality teacher training in English language and teaching methods.The five week national distribution and training kicked off on January 13 at Club House La Palisse Hotel,...

Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 12:00 AM

Why ignoring hypertension is like playing Russian Roulette

Russian Roulette is a stunt in which you spin the cylinder of a revolver that is loaded with only one bullet and then point the muzzle at your head and pull the trigger. If the bullet had spun to the firing chamber, your brain would be blown off. It is a deadly game. Before you ignore blood...

Sunday, January 12, 2014, 12:00 AM

Serena Hotel donates scholastic materials to vulnerable children

While others were decorating Christmas trees and lighting up candles, Kigali Serena Hotel decided to light up the future of 150 vulnerable children.Children were called on to write their wishes and those who wrote what matches with education were given what they requested for.Among the things given...

Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 12:00 AM

Schools to receive 50,000 books

Isaro foundation a local organisation that among others aims at contributing to the promotion of the reading culture and quality of education will this year give out 50,000 books to various schools around the country. Both primary and secondary schools will benefit from the initiative, according to...

Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 12:00 AM