Tribute to Orchestre Impala and what young musicians can learn from them

Editor, Refer to the story, “Down memory lane with Orchestre Impala” (The New Times, April 21). Reading the article, the memory of Orchestre Impala loomed over me in a way I felt like I am watching them right now.
Members of Orchestre Impala, the celebrated ‘Kings of old school’ music. Some of them were killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Courtesy
Members of Orchestre Impala, the celebrated ‘Kings of old school’ music. Some of them were killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Courtesy

Editor,

Refer to the story, “Down memory lane with Orchestre Impala” (The New Times, April 21). Reading the article, the memory of Orchestre Impala loomed over me in a way I felt like I am watching them right now. Those men had a distinct touch when it comes to music. Theirs were original songs that we still play up to this day. Their legendary songs will always be with us.

I also want to take this opportunity to call on the current young generation of musicians and artists to follow in the steps of Orchestre Impala (the kings of old school) to release touching souls that will last for decades.

What most of them sing today is not music, at least according to me. If they don't copycat, steal others' songs, they will compose lyrics that make you wonder whether we have artists or not.

I advise them to learn from old school musicians – there are many of them to learn from. For instance, how many musicians around here who know how to play guitar?

That's the one reason they should learn from the masters of music such as Orchestre Impala.

Shema Mukunzi, Liège, Belgium

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