Music

The return of Safi Madiba

Last year, R&B singer Safi Niyibikora, aka Safi Madiba, made waves in the local media following his highly publicised civil and traditional marriage to then fiancée Judith Niyonizera. The former Urban Boys frontman is now husband to Canada-based Niyonizera, who is the subject of the...

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 8:15pm

K-Rollz on rebranding Rwanda using music

In a world where branding is increasingly becoming very important, countries, individuals and corporations are capitalising on it to market themselves. The press, social media users, storytellers, filmmakers, fashonistas, and musicians, are all stepping up efforts to change the way their countries...

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 1:26am

Rwandans can now differentiate between good DJs and fake ones, says DJ Sharif

DJ Sharif, real name Sharif Amin Kalisa, is a Rwandan DJ and member of the SMA DJs. He is also the founder of Scratch Music Academy, a school for individuals interested in the art of deejaying. Sunday Magazine’s Sharon Kantengwa caught up with the 32-year-old DJ, who shared his experience...

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 12:38am

Is there lack of creativity in Rwandan music?

Of late social media has been awash with complaints from local music fans, about a list of Rwandan artistes who are plagiarising songs and melodies. Many complain that the Rwandan music scene is slowly losing its identity as many songs can be identified with Nigerian, Tanzanian and Jamaican beats...

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 11:57pm

New space for artists opened in Kacyiru

Great Arts Makes All (GAMA) Art Foundation officially opened its art space at Yaya Art Gallery in a colourful event that was fairly attended by ART enthusiasts.  The new art space, launched over the weekend, will house more than 15 plus artists, with types of art ranging from drawing,...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 12:16am

Riderman responds to reports he’s quitting music

Emery Gatsinzi has responded to reports that he intends to take a break or quit music before the end this year. Recently, reports emerged that the rapper and PGGSS 3 winner, known professionally as Riderman, was taking teensy break from music to concentrate on other business ventures. However,...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 10:28pm

Gospel concert attracts huge crowd

‘Ibyo Ntunze’ concert was a success in turnout and quality performances, attracting a full house at Kigali Serena Hotel. The night was filled with exciting musical performances from New Melody, Clever Papy, Siloam choir and other local performers, as well as motivational speakers who...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 12:00am

Gospel artistes set for ‘One Spirit’ concert

Renowned gospel artistes will on Sunday hold a concert dubbed “One Spirit Worship Concert”. The event will be attended by popular gospel artistes Appolinaire Habonimana from Burundi, Patient Bizimana, Arsene Tuyi, and Jean Christian Irimbere, among others. True Promises and Gisubizo...

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 11:16pm

Rumariza gears up for maiden solo art exhibition

Brave Rumariza’s first solo visual art exhibition comes after years of honing his artistic skills under unpaid apprenticeship. Born in Kigali 20 years ago, Rumariza, who goes by the artistic moniker of Brave Tangz, will stage the exhibition between August 31 and September 7 at the Buregeya...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 10:16pm

Lil P on making a comeback in the music industry

After two inactive years, rapper Papias Nduwayo, commonly known by his stage name Lil P, is back on the music scene with his latest song dubbed Babiri. The rapper, who has not dropped a single since his hip hop song Tsindagira in 2016, has been a stranger to the studio. Lil P, who is now working...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 10:09pm

Igor Mabano on how Nyundo School of Music shaped his career

In 2013, Igor Mabano got a scholarship to study music at Nyundo School of Music, where he formed a music band, Sebeya Band, together with other students. Five years later, he is a teacher at the same school, a singer, song writer, producer and drummer. He had a chat with Sunday Magazine’s...

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 8:47pm

Marina on crossing borders with her music

Marina is one of the three artistes currently signed to The Mane Music, a new music record label in Kigali. The other two are cousins, Queen Cha and Safi Madiba, formerly of Urban Boys. Unlike her label mates, Marina, real name Marine Uwase Ingabire, is relatively new to the music scene, having...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 9:57am

Davy Ranks on his musical comeback

“Call the police” is the latest single off Davy Rank’s yet-to-be-titled upcoming debut album. The dancehall artiste hopes to drop the 12-15 track album later in the year. And Ranks, real name David Kamurasi, hopes to use this latest project to officially launch his musical...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 11:44pm

Five Rwandan singles that rocked in June

Gone are the days when Rwandan music lovers had to wait for months on end before their favorite artist dropped the next hit. With the proliferation of music production houses and a surge in the number of rising musical talent, more material is being put out than ever before, sometimes leaving fans...

Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 1:07am

Bonhomme launches ‘Inkotanyi ni ubuzima’ album

It was an early Liberation Day for music lovers that turned up for Jean de Dieu Bonhomme Rwamihare’s album launch on Tuesday night, on the eve of the 24th Liberation Day. Staged at Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village (KCEV), the concert was packed with great performances. Dubbed...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 12:47am

Play your way to smartness

You have seen young children play the piano or flute or other instruments.  Your reaction could have been that of wonder, indifference or, longing for such a golden opportunity. You probably enjoyed the music but did you also know that their ability to think and use their brains was improving...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 8:34pm

International artistes to headline ‘Fragrance of Worship’ concert

When Burundian gospel artiste, Fortran Bigirimana, performed in Rwanda, in 2016 during his ‘Ntacyo nzoba’ concert, he was overwhelmed by the love and support he received from his local fans. The France-based Burundian musician has travelled the world, spreading God’s gospel...

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 8:55pm

 I cannot wait to perform in Kigali- SA music legend Ringo

South African musician, Ringo Madlingozi, arrived in Kigali on Wednesday, promising a grand performance when he headlines the highly-anticipated Kigali Jazz Junction’s three-year anniversary concert at Camp Kigali, today, June 29. The “Sondela” hitmaker was accompanied by...

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 8:40am

All set for Kigali Jazz Junction 3-year anniversary concert

Kigali’s premiere monthly music gathering, the Kigali Jazz Junction is three years old. To celebrate this milestone, organisers are putting together an anniversary gig that will unfold Friday, at Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village (Camp Kigali). Previous jazz junction concerts have all...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 9:59pm

Dream Team DJs take two-year anniversary celebrations to Rubavu

Rwanda’s finest DJs, known as Dream Team DJs, are in preparations to entertain party goers in Rubavu District, Western Province, as they celebrate a two-year spinning disc experience. The three-day bash will start June 29 to July 1 at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel. Dream Team DJs comprise of four...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 8:33pm