Rugamba Jack a.k.a Jack B is referred to as the king of the break dance in the country due to his energetic and Michael Jackson-like performances on stage.
Jack B was born twenty three years ago in Kigali where he grew up before moving to Musanze, Northern Province for high school at Ecole Secondaire Islamic du Ruhengeri (ESIR).
Jack B started music at an early age of eight. He was in love with Michael Jackson’s music and could imitate his dance strokes. He would also dance for his friends and perform at birthday parties.
He got a lot of encouragement from his friends and elder brothers and sisters and this is when he decided to pursue music.
At fourteen, he joined the Bad Boys Crew which was based in Nyamirambo. In the 90s, this group was immensely popular among the teens. It was composed of secondary school students that used to dance to play-back songs in concerts during school holidays.
Jack B, apart from being the youngest was also one of the most popular dancers in the crew.
In 2004, the Bad Boy Crew ceased to be due to financial difficulties and many of its members leaving in search of greener pastures in Europe.
Jack B decided to go solo in his music and to concentrate more on his studies.
But in 2006, alongside Kassanova, Tata, Spikey and former members of the Bad Boy Crew and Cool Family Crew, Jack B formed the Phantoms Crew.
It was with the Phantoms Crew that Jack B hooked up with Sly B and released his first single ‘Urihe’ in 2008. It enjoyed instant success.
He has now released two more singles ‘Humura’ and ‘Ni Wowe’. He is currently working with Kilulu 9 productions on an album that he says will be released in March next year.
Aside from his stage performances, he trains young girls and boys to dance and they in turn perform with other artists.
Jack B’s plans to go international and with the support of Kassanova who is now in Canada, renew the Phantoms Crew.
He extends a passionate appeal to Rwandans especially the corporate to support the local artists and the local music industry. He says that unlike what people say, there is talent in Rwanda and that it only needs to be nurtured.
Apart from music, Jack B loves football and is a firm supporter of England’s Arsenal football club.
Lyrics to ‘Urihe?’:
Ako kanya nahise mu calling
Ambira ko ntamwanya
Afite wo kuvugana nanjye
Muri iyo minota namasaha
Ingendo itandukanye niyabandi
Umutima wanjye utera
Utemba itoto ritushye
CHORUS: Urihe urihe mukunzi
Urihe urihe ndagukunda
Urihe urihe ndagushaka
oh oh oh oh
tu est ou
tu est ou my love
tu est ou
tu est ou je t’aime
tu est ou tu me manque
Je te cherche mais je te vais pas
VERSE 2: Nyumva neza nkubwire niba unyizera
Nguhange ibyabahanzi bubu bahanga
Naragukunze ngaho nawe nkunda
Kuko urukundo nindwara itagira
Umuti benshi bavuga ko bagukunda
Ariko kunda isigaranye indryarya
Gusa ha ha
Ndagukunda nagukundiye ibyiza
Byo mubeza uri mwiza nakuvanye
Mubeza bo mukabeza niwowe
Nyirubwiza bimwe bakwita sister
VERSE 3: Sly B
Ngwino zawiruka cyane unsange
Urukondo rwanjye rugori rwera niwowe
Nahariye umutima wanjye wose buraho
Imboni mpabona ifoto yawe
Kurya kuryama singoheka
Iyo nkubonye ugenda genda
Ngaho ngwino ngukikire
Ngukinishe ngaho ngwino
Niwowe nkunda kandi nzakunda iteka
Ryose urukondo rwukuri
JACK B BREAKDANCE