CELEBRITY CENTRAL: MISS JOJO

Uwineza Josiane also known as Miss Jojo was born on June 30, 1982 at Nyamata, in Bugesera. She grew up in Kigali, Nyamirambo with the latter years of her life living as an orphan since her dad died when she was only 6 months and her mother left her when she was 12 during the Genocide of 1994.

Uwineza Josiane also known as Miss Jojo was born on June 30, 1982 at Nyamata, in Bugesera. She grew up in Kigali, Nyamirambo with the latter years of her life living as an orphan since her dad died when she was only 6 months and her mother left her when she was 12 during the Genocide of 1994.

She studied at APE, Camp Kigali and Bujumbura in the primary studies, and St Aloys, ESP Zaza and Ste Bernadette in the secondary schools. She graduated from the National University of Rwanda with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature last year.

Her interest for music started when she was a kid telling her mother that she would be a singer in the future. She would dance for anyone who dared to give her their attention and impressed them. It was then that her mother noticed her talents and took her to a traditional dancing troupe called Abatangampundu. She was then only 6 years old.

From then on she worked on her talents and the rest is history. Miss Jojo is one of the pioneers of the modern Rwandan music and is regarded as the top female artist in the country. She has so far released an album called Itangiriro (Genesis) which was launched in late 2008.

Her debut album contains popular hits like ‘Tukabyine’, ‘Mbwira’ and ‘Beretirida’.

Miss Jojo is working on releasing her second album which she says will come out unique from what is currently in the market because she is developing a new style which combines the international rhythms and the Rwandan lifestyle which will be in purely Rwandan language, rhythm and context.

LYRICS TO THE SONG ‘BERETIRIDA’

Beretida… Beretirida… Beretirida…
Haguruka ye, dore karabaye
Haguruka yewe, umfashe dutabare
Mwene wacu yabyaye umukobwa
Amubyara ari umwe none yanze yananiranye

Ngwino nawe banguka umperekeze,
Muze mwese, tumuhanure
Uwo mukobwa, ariwe Beretirida
Atavaho atwambika ibara bakadukwena

Njyewe yanze yanyobeye, rwose yanze byanyobeye
Beretirida, Beretirida; Ahasigaye ni ukurundarunda
Njyewe yanze yanyobeye, rwose yanze byanyobeye
Beretirida, Beretirida; Ahasigaye ni ukurundarunda

CHORUS: 
Beretirida, Ko ubabaje abakubyaye
Beretirida, Ko ukojeje isoni abawe
Beretirida, Beretirida aah
Beretirida

Beretirida ntazi gukubura
Beretirida ntazi gukaranga
Beretirida abyuka yirunga
Izuba rikarenga akigera imiringa

Abandi bana bacaho bamukwena
Nawe akagirango ni ukushima
Abasore baza akarerembura amaso
Ngo bamubwiye ko ab’ubu bakunda ikimero

Njyewe yanze yanyobeye, rwose yanze byanyobeye
Beretirida, Beretirida; Ahasigaye ni ukurundarunda
Njyewe yanze yanyobeye, rwose yanze byanyobeye
Beretirida, Beretirida; Ahasigaye ni ukurundarunda

CHORUS:
Oya mama, ntukabe intabwirwa
Oya mama, uri umwana w’I Rwanda
Oya mama, oya oya mama, oya mama
Oya mama,oya

Oya mama, njyewe sinkubeshya
Oya mama, amaboko ntawuyarera
Oya mama, oya oya mama
Oya mama, oya mama,…
Oya oya mama

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