Atome holds comedy fans spellbound at Kwirekura 20 show

Atome’s latest comedy gig entitled, Kwirekura 20, went down a treat with local comedy fans. The comedy star won himself many new fans at the well attended stand-up comedy gig which took place at the Rwanda Revenue Authority‘s conference hall, last Friday.
Atome thrilled the crowd with rib-cracking jokes.
Atome thrilled the crowd with rib-cracking jokes.

Atome’s latest comedy gig entitled, Kwirekura 20, went down a treat with local comedy fans. The comedy star won himself many new fans at the well attended stand-up comedy gig which took place at the Rwanda Revenue Authority‘s conference hall, last Friday.

You may not need to have heard about this man because he is simply hilarious. He has been cracking people’s ribs since 2001.

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Legendary artiste Cécile Kayirebwa(C) fascinated at how Atome made a joke about her music.

Talking about Rwanda 20 years since the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi with his comic delivery, Atome held the audience in the palm of his hand as he rolled out all the comedy stops to showcase his inimitable brand of humour.

The topics that had the audience laughing until some wept were his hilarious comments on Amb. Joseph Habineza, the Minister for Sports and culture, whom he said has become a reggae singer, and musicians who composed and sang liberation struggle, such as Cécile Kayirebwa.

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Hope Irakoze entertains fans during a cocktail prior to the Kwirekura 20 show.

Atome joked that such songs should have been composed in a rough tone to emphasise the message.

The show kicked off with a music performance by Hope Irakoze, the Tusker Project Fame season 8 winner and his band. The jazz singer entertained revelers as they enjoyed a cocktail before the comedy gig started. 

“Atome is a talented comedian,” Sarah Uwitonze, one of the attendees told The New Times. “I get roared with laughter by every single joke he cracks.”

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A cross section of fans enjoying the show.

Atome yet again proved to be one of the best comedians in the country at the moment. In a two-hour stand-up comedy show, Atome portrayed his experience in the struggle to liberate the country in a lighter way.

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Atome calls on a fan to spice up the show.

The comedian said that Kinyarwanda is the best way to convey the seriousness of the experiences of liberation heroes and Genocide survivors.

“The meaning and the power of the testimonies cannot be well expressed in foreign languages, so we have to use our mother language for this purpose.” Atome said during his performance.

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Atome using gestures to interact with the crowd.

In less than two hours, the spectators received a gutbuster from Atome, but they still wanted more when he left the stage.

Speaking to The New Times, Atome said that the source of his inspiration and the motive behind is his drive.

“Every once in a while I travel without a clear destination in mind; I just do so to meet people and listen to their stories, which is where I draw inspiration for my comedy,” he said.

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Kwirekura 20 was full house that some fans enjoyed the whole show while standing. (All photos by Doreen Umutesi)

The comedian promised more comedy shows as well as new TV shows this year.

Atome, real name Diogene Ntarindwa, is a graduate of Belgian Acting School Conservatoire Royal de Liege.

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