Candidates of the REMOAwards (Photo: Izuba Rirashe/ Ububiko)
THE NEW TIMES
06. August 2013
by Jean d’Amour MBONYINSHUTI
Rwandan Entertainers and Musicians Organisation (REMO), has awarded artistes and people who promote music in the Northern Province.
Musanze-based famous artiste, Franc Kay led the nominees going into the inaugural REMO Awards, with nods and he was all smiles on Saturday evening, after emerging the Best Male artiste.
Sister Jamy had a teary moment when she took home the award for the Best Female Artiste. Twelve-year Mucyo Gloire, also had a reason to celebrate after beating several young artistes in Musanze district to emerge the Best Popular Teen Artiste.
The Award for Best Modern Dancing group went to Jaba Workers and the Best Popular Song was “Ikibazo” by The Bless.
“I am so honored to receive this award. This has motivated me to even work harder to improve my career in music,” the excited The Bless told the crowd upon receiving the trophy.
Theogene Ntamukunzi won the Best Traditional Artiste and Impete y’umuco as the overall Best Traditional Dancing Group. The 1st annual awards ceremony also recognised journalists, music producers and film producers, among others. Some officials in the Northern Province were also awarded during the event for promoting and supporting the artistes.
Present were officials from various government institutions, including the Rwanda Governance Board, National Youth Council and senior police officials. The Governor of Northern Province Aime Bosenibamwe, said the government supports and encourages the youth to be creative and innovative. “Artistes are among creative and innovative people that the government recognises and pledge to support their projects as longer as they are in line with the government policy,” he said.
According to Francine Umutoni, the president of REMO, the event aims to promote artistes and musicians.
Gahunda yo guhemba abahanzi muri “REMO Award ” yarahindutse (Kinyarwanda)
Ishyirahamwe ry’abahanzi n’abateza muzika imbere mu Rwanda (REMO) ku nshuro ya mbere ryateguye amarushanwa y’abahanzi bo mu Karere ka Musanze, gahunda y’igitaramo cyo guhemba abatsinze ikaba yarahindutse.
Mu kiganiro Umutoni Francine ukuriye Rwandan Entertainers & Musicians Organisation (REMO) yagiranye n’ikinyamakuru Izuba Rirashe, yavuze ko igikorwa cyo guhemba abahanzi bazatsinda amarushanwa yateguye cyari giteganyijwe ku wa 8, cyimuriwe ku itariki ya 29 Kamena 2013 kubera impamvu zitandukanye. [read all…]
The Rwandan Entertainers & Musician Organisation:
REMO (Rwandan Entertainers & Musician Organisation) is an annual award ceremony to acknowledge and honor musical excellence and entertainers creativity as well as provide a high profile and multi faceted celebration of the rich cultural diversity of Rwandan Music.
Celebrating musical achievements through the establishments of an institutional framework that follows, records and relays musical success stories on an ongoing basis (REMO).
Utilizing music as a vehicle for cultural expression i.e. customs food and critical component in attracting tourism inflows to the country.
Selecting a team of industry specialists to act as adjudicators in the process of identifying and selecting musicians who must be acknowledged and honored :
Organizing an annual musical awards that effectively competes at country level,
For its first time we are gong to acknowledge and honor musicians & partners in the northern province of Rwanda for their achievements since 2010 to 2013. LIKE THEM ON FACEBOOK !
HUNDREDS of fans continue to pay tribute to the late Henry Hirwa of the KGB (Kigali Boys) music group, who drowned in Lake Muhazi last Saturday.
The singer, who died on a day he had gone on a picnic with friends, will be laid to rest tomorrow at Rusororo public cemetery after a requiem mass at Regina Pacis in Remera at 1p.m.
Fans, friends and celebrities alike have taken to Facebook and Twitter to honour the 27-year-old artiste.
Emotional tributes continue to pour in on Hirwa’s official Facebook fan page.
On Sunday, Miss Rwanda 2012 Aurore Kayibanda Mutesi, the sister to the deceased, wrote, “There is always a reason for everything. I thank you Lord Father for everything and especially for giving me a special brother, Henry. Cherie, as you always said, Rasta never dies.
“I know you will always be there for me as you promised and I will do my best to do everything you wanted me to do. I love you and for me you’re still alive”.
Austin Tosh Luwano, a local singer, wrote, “I don’t know want to say…Henry I even don’t want to say R.I.P because I don’t want to believe it.”
Jean de Dieu Ndahiriwe, a fan, posted, “RIP Henry Hirwa, praying for strengths to those left behind.”
Gaston Rurangwa, a.k.a Skizzy, a member of KGB, the R&B group, which Hirwa joined in 2003, wrote, “Henry, my young brother, you were always there for me, fed me when I was hungry, gave me water when I was thirsty, you clothed me in the cold. There is nothing you ever failed to provide me with when you could.”
You were there for me when I was admitted at King Faysal Hospital after I had an accident and you made sure I received the best treatment and attention from the doctors.
“You’ve left too soon. Your family was expecting a lot from you and I’ll never forget all the good things you did for me.”
R&B sensation Tom Close, wrote, “Rest in Peace brother. We’ll all take that journey one day, may the Almighty receive you among His own children.”
Music producer Davydenko, also posted, “H-Wow, you’ve left us. It’s really sad because I had plans of working on a song with KGB. Now we’re going to do it without you. R.I.P”
The singer, known by his stage name H-Wow, had travelled to the Eastern Province for a picnic with his friends but hell broke loose when they decided to play volleyball in the lake.
“Initially our plan was to play volleyball in the playing field but we ended up taking the game to the shores of the lake,” said one of the 17 colleagues who had gone for the picnic with the deceased.
“When we went to pick up some drinks, Hirwa stayed behind and we didn’t realise he was missing, until someone asked where he’d gone,” added another.
When his friends noticed he was missing, they embarked on a search and later discovered that he had already drowned in the lake. They tried to save him but with little success. He was then rushed to Rwamagana Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Shortly, news of his death spread on the social networking sites, as tributes to the fallen singer flooded Twitter and Facebook.
Source: BRYAN KIMENYI, 4 DECEMBER 2012 for THE NEW TIMES
well I missed that one..
She died at the age of 92!
R. I. P.
Who’s Lena Horne?
Lena Horne, who was the first black performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio and who went on to achieve international fame as a singer, died on Sunday night at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, Manhattan.
Her death was announced by her son-in-law, Kevin Buckley.
Ms. Horne might have become a major movie star, but she was born 50 years too early, and languished at MGM in the 1940s because of the color of her skin, although she was so light-skinned that, when she was a child, other black children had taunted her, accusing her of having a “white daddy.”
Ms. Horne was stuffed into one “all-star” musical after another — “Thousands Cheer” (1943), “Broadway Rhythm” (1944), “Two Girls and a Sailor” (1944), “Ziegfeld Follies” (1946), “Words and Music” (1948) — to sing a song or two that could easily be snipped from the movie when it played in the South, where the idea of an African-American performer in anything but a subservient role in a movie with an otherwise all-white cast was unthinkable. (Rest in Peace Ms. Horne!)