Young and talented artistes made their debuts on the Rwandan music industry in , making the year an exciting one. This new crop of talent is leveraging on the use of streaming services and social media. Artistes like Nel Ngabo, Kevin Skaa, Kivumbi King, and music groups, such as Symphony band already had a footing in the industry, might just be a year of no limit for them and some other rising stars. The New Times brings you a list of Rwandan artistes to look out for in in no particular order. The track went on to be played on several radio and TV stations in Rwanda.
They put in remarkable effort, spending days and nights in recording studios working on big music projects that earned them unrivaled admiration from music fans who were always eager to have them on their playlists. Our top ten list is dominated by established artistes with few new faces that earned them exposure in The song has become a hit since its release and has gone on to become one of the best hits of The song hit local airwaves since the singer released it in August and its huge power play gives it credit to make to the top 10 of The song is increasingly becoming a club banger and is earning an unrivaled competition when it comes to local radio and TV play. From the look of things, people had little interest when Meddy worked on the music project with Burundian singer Thierry Nish and a few believed it would become a hit.
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Or browse results titled :. Twenty-six years after the genocide that claimed the lives of more than , people, Rwanda is a peaceful country with progressive ideals. Underneath these achievements, however, is a nation of people who are still healing. Born in Kenya to Rwandan parents, Diana grew up in neighboring Uganda, before returning to Rwanda after the genocide. Her experiences in exile are all too common for Rwandan people, including many musicians, and have been for decades. In , during a violent declaration of independence from Belgium, many traditional Rwandan musicians were forced to flee to refugee camps in Burundi or Uganda, never to return. In their absence, pop music from other countries began to infiltrate the local airwaves, and in , this music was used as propaganda in the genocide, to devastating effect. Over the last few years, as more and more people begin to move back home to a peaceful and prosperous country, Rwandan music is at somewhat of a crossroads.
See all posts by Thomas Mollernielsen Teta Diana is, most definitely, a special artist — and a special person. Born in Kenya to Rwandan refugee parents, she only moved back to Rwanda when she was 5 years old. As a professional musician, she has travelled around the world, performing in Mexico, the USA, the Netherlands, Senegal, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and many other places besides. In addition to Rwanda and Kenya, she has lived in Belgium, and is currently a resident of Sweden. She speaks fluent French, English, and Kinyarwanda her native language. All this, and yet she is still, amazingly, only in her 20s. It is an album that has been recognisably influenced by an array of different cultures, themes and musical traditions: some of the songs are in English, others are in Kinyarwanda, others are in both some are also partially in French ; some of the tracks are upbeat, others are melancholic, and a few are somehow able to blend both sentiments simultaneously; some of the songs have a distinctively African feel to them, others are more overtly Western and mainstream, and some are, again, a strange and beautiful fusion of the two.