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Edouce aims a long shot at PGGSS 4

Upcoming artiste Thaddy Erabizi, better known by his stage name Edouce, says this year he will not only contest in Primus Guma Guma Super Star season 4 but will put in all the effort needed to win! Edouce is determined to make it the last day of PGGSS 4. Courtesy photoEdouce is determined to make it the last day of PGGSS 4. Courtesy photo The Afro beat musician has released eight songs and plans to launch his first album this year. The 21-year-old is eager to join the annual Bralirwa music promotion initiative that has so far seen three musicians walking away with millions of Francs. “The most important thing is determination; I want to assure you that I will make it this year,” Erabizi says.  Who is Erabizi? Erabizi was born on July20 1991 in a small town called Kamembe in Rusizi District in the Western Province. He is the second born to Thaddy Leodonald Irabizi and Launance Mukavuganeta. He attended his primary education at Lycee de Gishenyi before joining Esir Ecole Secondaire Islamique de Ruhengeri for secondary education. He then went to Rwanda Tourism University College (RTUC) and he now holds a Diploma in Tours and Travel. Having been born in a family with a strong christian background, Erabizi discovered his talent when he started singing in a church choir. Currently, he says he is a born again and goes to Zion Temple for prayers. He started his music career in 2010 when he released his first single Olusinje and in a period of two months, he released Akandikumutima, a hit that was produced by Paster P of Narrow Roads Production. Erabizi went on to release Oxygen and Ndakumbuye. The two are currently receiving massive air play on the local FM radio stations. He has faced challenges just like any other upcoming musician. Erabizi says lack of sponsors has affected many musicians without the resources to record their music. He adds that the tendency to appreciate foreign music more than our own has affected the pace at which the music industry is developing. However, he says that such and other challenges can never put him off his mission.  He is currently planning to work on videos for his three latest singles. By Susan Babijja,The New Times

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Tom Close releases new single

If you thought Tom Mayombo, best known as Tom Close, was giving up his music career for a medical profession, you are mistaken. The RnB singer is ready to take on two tasks. The 2011 Primus Guma Guma Superstar has released a new single dubbed Abantu Barahindutse. The single is already enjoying airplay on local radio stations. This song comes only a month after the release of Byararangiye which was his latest hit. “In this song, I educate and inform my fans and the public as a whole that people can easily change based on various factors; meaning that it is wise to deal with them carefully as anything can happen,” he said. He explained that although not all people act the same way, it is important to note that there is a possibility of people turning against each other. Tom Close said that the message in this song aims at bringing people to terms with the challenges they face in their day to day activities. The singer said that it takes some time to learn people’s attitudes and that their ‘true colours’ can be hidden for as long as they wish. “I want to make sure that people get to know the real world we live and the challenges involved and I am sure that this will help people peacefully deal with others,” he said. For the time the singer has been in the music industry, he has released over 20 singles that include Kuki, Mbwira and Sinarinkuzi among others. By Susan Babijja,The New Times

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Martin and Kayaga get standing ovation at Amani Festival

Mani Martin and Ras Kayaga brought the roof down during the Amani Festival held in the Democratic Republic of Congo from February 14 to 17. Ras Kayaga (top) and Mani Martin “We received a vibrant and exciting welcome from the audience and this is not what I expected,” Ras Kayaga told The New Times. Kayaga said he was proud to discover that Rwandan music is popular in other countries, a sign that the Rwandan music industry has grown. The annual festival is in line with the search of long lasting peace and security in the Great Lakes Region. The festival attracted participants from different parts of the country including renowned regional artistes like Lokua Kanza (France), Lexxus Legal (Kinshasa) and Innocent Balume (Goma) among others. The Amani Festival includes music and dance and is always held in Goma to promote peace and reconciliation. By Susan Babijja,The New Times

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Polly to sample ‘Ikosora’ album ahead of launch

Rwanda’s rap sensation Joshua Tuyishimire aka Jay Polly will sample his new album dubbed Ikosora today at the MTN centre in Nyarutarama. The 10-song album will be officially launched in May. Jay Polly Among the songs are Ikosora, DeuxFoisDeux, Kumusenyi and Menya abawe among others. The DeuxFoisDeux singer had planned the launch during the Christmas season last year but postponed it. “There were many activities during the Christmas season which my sponsors were involved in, this forced me to postpone it to a later date,” he explained. Jay Polly was raised in Gikondo, a Kigali suburb. He started his music career at the age of eight and spent some time in the church choir. The 25-year-old rapper has graced some of the most prestigious events in the country’s budding music scene and has shared a stage with regional and international superstars. Polly is a founding member of Tuff Gang, a group of three rappers formed in 2008. By Susan Babijja, The New Times

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Chameleon to grace Mt Kenya beauty pageant

Ugandan Afrobeat maestro Joseph Mayanja, better known by his stage name Dr. Jose Chameleon, will perform in Rwanda at Mr and Miss Mt Kenya University 2014. Dr. Jose Chameleon Purity Phuo, one of the organisers, said that Mr and Miss Mt Kenya beauty pageant will be held at the Expo Grounds, Gikondo on March 1. Chameleon will perform alongside Knowles and Riderman. “We wanted something that will excite the students and that is why we called Chameleon because our students love him,” she said. Currently, the finalists including 10 boys and 10 girls are in the boot camp. During the boot camp they will be trained in modelling, self expression and culture among others. The event will start at 6pm and entrance fee will be Rwf1500 for students, Rwf3000 for the general seats and Rwf5000 for VIP. By Susan Babijja, The New Times

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Mugabo to release second movie

After a successful debut of Gibralter –iherezo ry’rugendo, his first movie, local film maker and producer, Jerome Mugabo is working his second movie titled-The First Born. Jerome Mugabo prepares for shooting work with other youths. The movie is about how ancient Rwanda treated young girls after giving birth out of the wedlock. “The reason I’m working on this movie is to educate the population that although it’s not good to have children out of wedlock, the child should still be treated like any other child,” he said. Mugabo is currently writing the script of the movie. However, he could not confirm when the movie will be released to the public. According to Mugabo, his movie features a child born out of wedlock but turned out to be a liberator of the community. Mugabo, who is also the Production Manager of TV 10, says that his movie will comprise of many local film actors to promote the movie industry. By Susan Babijja, The New Times

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Mani Martin, Ras Kayaga for Amani Festival

Ras Kayagaand Mani Martin will be the only artistes representing Rwanda at this year’s Amani Festival in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The two musicians are expected to travel today ahead of the annual festival that starts on Sunday.  Unlike Mani Martin, this is the first time Kayaga is taking part in the event. The week-long festival will bring together different artistes including Lokua Kanza (France), Lexxus Legal (Kinshasa) and Innocent Balume (Goma) among others. The festival is in line with the search of long lasting peace and security in the Great Lakes Region. In an interview, Martin said the festival offers an opportunity to Rwandan artistes and other musicians from the region to work alongside world-class musicians. “Amani festival helps young artistes to share the stage and gain experience from Africa’s renowned artistes who participate in this gala,” said Martin. By Susan Babijja,The New Times

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