Tagged: Art

Groupov plays Rwanda 94

Photo provided by the Embassy of Rwanda, Brussels


La Cantata Bisesero

The famous play Rwanda 94 will be represented this Saturday, January 25 at Bozar Museum in Brussels.

Rwanda 94, created in 2000 by the Liège Groupov, a collective of artists gathered around Delcuvellerie Jacques, is a tribute to the victims of the Genocide against the Tutsis, in Rwanda. Bisesero was the landmark of resistance, where nearly 50,000 Tutsi died twenty years ago, struggling for their lives. This epopee is an attempt of a symbolic redemption for the dead, represented by the living. BOZAR offers the first two parts of this show on the big screen, followed by a live interpretation of the last part La Cantata Bisesero. Based on testimonies of survivors collected by African Right, five actors, two singers, a string trio, a piano and a clarinet interpret the partition of Garrett List.


15h 00: Rwanda 94

20h 30: La Cantata Bisesero


18€ (14€ if <26)

For more information: BOZAR, BELGIQUE

See Groupov, programme diffused by  50° Nord (french) : ARTE- BELGIQUE “à revoir”

Source: Embassy of Rwanda, Brussels


Best Music Promoters Awarded

Candidates of the REMOAwards (Photo: Izuba Rirashe/ Ububiko)


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.

Read also:


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.

Our Objectives:

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 !

Miriam Makeba Tribute Film Opens 9th Rwanda Film Festival


by Moses SERUGO 23 July 2013

Opening with Mama Africa, a documentary that charts the life of celebrated South African diva, Miriam Makeba (March 4, 1932-November 9, 2008) gave the ninth edition of the Rwanda Film Festival its requisite credentials in line with the 2013 theme: Our Mothers, Our Heroes.

Makeba was widely recognised as a hero of the South African anti-apartheid struggle and while giving his pre-screening speech, the South African High Commissioner to Rwanda George Nkosinati Twala called on local filmmakers to document the contribution of women to the Rwandan liberation struggle.

Nkosinati was speaking at the festival’s opening night at Century Cinema at Kigali City Towers.

He also asked filmmakers to document the lives of the artistes that provided the soundtrack to the struggle: “Artistes are our conscience. They reflect our pain. We need to acknowledge them.”

The Minister for Gender and Family Promotion, Oda Gasinzigwa, on the other hand, urged filmmakers to portray women in film more positively.

Festival director Eric Kabera was beside himself with glee acknowledging that having a cinema as a principal screening venue was a festival first.

The festival will have additional screening venues at Kigali Public Library, New Papyrus, The Office in Kiyovu, Kimisagara Youth Centre, Club Rafiki in Nyamirambo and a special screening of the Genocide film Imbabazi at the Kigali Memorial Centre in Gisozi.

Mama Africa (German Trailer)


Mama Africa is a befitting tribute to Makeba, whose joyous songs like Pata Pata masked the agony she lived with as an exile banished from her home country South Africa.

Makeba spent the better part of her anti-apartheid struggle outside South Africa living in far-flung places like the United States. While there she built a network of musical friends that helped her push her anti-apartheid agenda whose highlight was a speech she made at the United Nations.

The documentary uses archival footage because it was shot after the death of the acclaimed African diva. Makeba died on November 9, 2008 while on tour in Italy. The bulk of the material is from interviews of people that lived and worked with Makeba, including her former lovers Hugh Masekela and Harry Belafonte and her grandchildren.

It is interspersed with excerpts from Makeba’s legendary performances including Pata Pata, a song she says she had gotten tired of performing owing to its lack of lyrical content but was quite popular with audiences globally.

The documentary also recounts sad moments in Makeba’s life including how her mother was detained for brewing and selling umquombothi beer when Makeba was only 18 days old. You cannot help but wipe a tear when Makeba sits on her mother’s grave “like I’d sit on her lap,” the first thing she does upon returning to South Africa.

Her most significant musical encounter in exile is a London meeting with Harry Belafonte that paves way for a career in the US and her famous speech at the United Nations.

Director Mika Kaurismaki does a great job weaving together black and white footage and personal tales of Makeba, who include ex-lovers, musical peers and Makeba’s two grandchildren from her daughter who takes credit for composing the Mozambiquan liberation anthem A Luta Continua.

Mama Africa will show again at Century Cinema on Thursday May 25, at 9pm.



Rwanda Film Festival, also known as “Hillywood,” has established itself not only as the country’s most important cultural event, but is fast becoming one of Africa’s most prestigious film festival.  For 7 days, film lovers, filmmakers, industry professionals and the media will experience the best in local and international cinema from established masters and new talent.

Our principal objective is to promote and encourage awareness, appreciation and understanding of the art of cinema in Rwanda. Our mandate is to present the most outstanding films produced in every part of the world. Films are selected on the basis of quality and originality. The Festival also promotes contacts between industry professionals to assist in the development of the Rwandan motion picture industry. … See the Movie Guide 2013




Source: allafrica.com, rwandafilmfestival.net

HATE RADIO: A return to the airways of the RTLM in 1994

If someone were looking for simple and effective means to prevent the genocide in Rwanda, wrote the US-American journalist Philip Gourevitch, the radio station “Radio Télévision Libre des Milles Collines” (RTLM) would have been a good place to start.

Photo: gogo power

In the months of April, May and June 1994, an estimated 800,000 to 1,000,000 of its Tutsi minority and thousands of moderate Hutus were killed in only 100 days. The tools used to humiliate and kill people of all ages and genders were simple: machetes, sticks, and a few guns. Indeed, the most powerful instrument of the genocide was the “Radio-Télévision Libre des Mille Collines” (RTLM).

With unspeakable cynicism, the staff of the popular station had been preparing the genocide like an election campaign for months. The program consisted of pop music, riveting sports coverage, political communiqués, and remarkably hateful calls to murder. The newest Congolese music and the most aggressive racial analyses were combined into a dreary few square meter laboratory of racist ideology.

HATE RADIO is a project launched by the International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM). In its artistic reenactments, the IIPM pays utmost attention to factual accuracy of an RTLM show. Extensive archival research and interviews with witnesses and survivors provide the foundation upon which the institute develops its projects. Run by its hosts : Three Hutu extremists and the white Italian-Belgian Georges Ruggiu, HATE RADIO returns RTLM to the airways in a reconstructed backdrop that remains faithful to the original survivors of the genocide are standing on stage.
With this approach the project shows how racism functions, how human beings are “talked out of” their humanity an instillation reconstructed from documents and witness statements provides the answers to these questions so that people can feel and experience these happenings for themselves.

An extensive volume of material, and various events accompanying the exhibit, help to expand HATE RADIO into a broad, interdisciplinary intervention examining the current forms and manifestations of racist violence in Europe and Africa, as well as the ability to represent racist violence as a work of art.

See Press Kit: Press-Kit_Hate-Radio_11_08_02


The International Institute of Political Murder was founded at the end of 2007 by writer and director Milo Rau, to strengthen exchange between theater, the fine arts, film and research about reenactment – the reproduction of historical events – as well as to reflect upon the theoretical aspects of this exchange.

The previous productions of IIPM, which were shown at numerous theaters in Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Africa, Austria, the USA and Romania, met international response and represent a new, documentary and aesthetic compressed form of political art.

The IIPM has its Headquarters in Switzerland and Germany.

For more information about the institute like project, lectures etc., please visit the site:

Website International Institue of Political Murder

Upcoming Performances of HATE RADIO:

18 May 2013, Halle Kalk Köln (Germany) Sommerblut

23 May 2013, CaféTeatret Kopenhagen (Denmark) Cafeteatret

Related links:


Sources: IIPM, gogo power

Artist of the week: ♚ Meet NaNa Kofi Acquah ♚

Nana is a young Ghanaian photoblogger who’s studying at the University of Cape coast in Accra, Ghana.


There are many things I pray for 2013. One of the most important among them is that in such a rich world, may no child go to be hungry; and may no mother ever have to sell her self for food this year….(Nana Kofi Aquah)


Photos from: A window to Ghana and Africa. No hungy child and other prayers for 2013…







Go to Nana’s Photoblog

The Spoken Word Thrills Attendees

For any poetry lover or art in general, all roads lead to the Manor Hotel in Nyarutarama yesterday  for the Spoken Word monthly episode organised by Spoken Word Rwanda.  The event, which ran with the theme Guilty Pleasures, started at 7.30pm and ended at 10.30pm.

“Spoken Word”, a monthly session that brings together poetry, art and live band music, took place on Wednesday night at exclusive The Manor Hotel in Nyarutarama.

The show that kicked off at 8:49pm, about an hour late from schedule, compensated for lost time with powerful poetry, interlude melodies accompanied by impressive guitar and piano performances from volunteers in the crowd and the occasional rib-cracking comedy from the MC.

What stood out the most though were the poetry recitals, done in a blend of English, French and Kinyarwanda under the theme “Guilty Pleasures”. Lines in particular poems ranged from stirring, funny, and nostalgic. After each poem, a long round of applause and ululation followed.

However, the night was brought to its climax by a “joke cracking” competition from four couples selected from the audience.

Performers at a past spoken word event. Inset Diana Mpyisi the event’s coordinator.

The winning couple earned itself a special dinner at hotel.

“I am so glad with the turn-up of this month’s event.

I only pray that a bigger number comes next time, “said Diana Mpyisi, co-founder and organiser of the Spoken Word initiative.

Source: BY IVAN NGOBOKA, 1 FEBRUARY 2013, The New Times

Tributes Pour in for Fallen R’n’B Artiste Hirwa


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.




★Good to know: Re-Emerging: The Jews of Nigeria ★

Africa is a Country presents:

10 African films to watch out for

First up this week is Re-Emerging: The Jews of Nigeria, a documentary film (trailer above) by Jeff L. Lieberman about Nigerian Igbos who have adopted Judaism. (William Miles wrote a book about the same topic: Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-Judaic Odyssey; here’s an interview with Williams about his work.) Not unrelated to the film above, I came across this headline recently: “Moroccan film on Jewish Berbers sparks debate.” The film, Tinghir-Jersusalem: Echoes from the Mellah, is a documentary by French-Moroccan director Kamal Hachkar about the history of the Jewish Berbers of the small Moroccan mountain town of Tinghir who left during the 1950s and 1960s to resettle in Israel.  … read more here

Re-Emerging: The Jews of Nigeria

And if your seeking for more information about Jews and Judaism in Africa, here are some sites that could help you… :

Judaism in Africa – Jews in Africa (Standford Education)

The History of Ethiopian Jews ( The Jewish Virtual Library)

The Jews of Africa (Mindspring.com)

Last but not least…

To close this subject, here a rather curious video in which Israeli Justice Minister Ya’akov Ne’eman speaks about what he calls the biggest problems facing the Jewish people at the Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, 2011:

Source: Africa is a Country, Google

♕Tip of the Day: Meet Obinna Makata…♕

Obinna Makata


Makata’s collages reflect a clash of traditional artistic practices and contemporary influences, of the figurative and the abstract, and of the lighthearted and the threatening. Obinna Makata’s artistic approach confronts the viewer to question their definition of contemporary African art, and, in the process, forces an understanding of art made on the Continent out of a solely assimilative paradigm and one that could proudly and distinctly be defined as “African”.

Obinana Makata is currently having her first solo exihition “Metahistories” in Ikoyi, Lagos. See Facebook Page

♕Tip of the day: KEMANG WA LUHELERE♕

Johannesburg artist Kemang Wa Lehulere has won the 2010 MTN New Contemporaries Art Award, beating shortlisted contenders Donna Kukama, Stuart Bird and Mohau Modisakeng.

Kemang wa Lehulere. Don’t steal. Government doesn’t like competition. Paint on wall. 2007

Chuma Sopotela in a performance piece by Mwenya Kabwe, Chuma Sopotela and Kemang Wa Lehulere, U nyamo alunampumlo (the foot has no nose), February 2008, at Spier Contemporary 2007

Kemang Wa Lehulere’s installation Remembering the Future of a Hole as Verb, 2010.

Born in Cape Town in 1984 and currently resident in Johannesburg, where he is completing a BA(FA) at Wits, Wa Lehulere has in the last few years worked in a range fo media (video, print, paint, installation and performance). A former member of Gugulective and current member of the Dead Revolutionaries Club – his bio on the latter’s website states that “he un-ashamedly has BEE aspirations and hopes to be a house ‘Nigger’ one day” – Wa Lehulere recently (August) attended a ten-day workshop at the Paul Klee Centre in Bern, Switzerland, where critic Jan Verwoert supervisied proceedings. Visitors to the blustery opening of Dada South? last December may also remember Wa Lehulere’s performance involving a megaphone, cheese grater and school textbooks.