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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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Catholic church builds Rwf700m vocational school in Gicumbi

A Technical and Vocational school worth Rwf 700 million is to be constructed in Rushaki sector, Gicumbi District. ...

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Urban Boys for European tour

Urban Boys have staged shows across the region. They have shared the stage with regional and international music stars. Urban Boys performing during a recent show in Rwanda. The New Times/File photo But as things stand, they are spreading their wings far and beyond as they kick off the European tour which will see them perform in several countries. The group leaves the country on March 3. The tour starts in Belgium on March 8, as the band performs at this year’s Miss and Mister Rwanda/Belgium. It is the second time the group will be performing at the event after their performance in October last year. “We are definitely ready for the tour and our fans should expect electrifying performances,” said Safi Lee. “This is certainly a busy year for us because from Europe, we shall stage another concert in Dubai,” he added. Safi Lee, the group’s front man told The New Times that they will also perform at different venues across Belgium and in France. The tour ends in Switzerland early April. The Take It Off singers are currently working on their latest single, Chagua, featuring Jay Polly. The song will be released this month with a video. Urban Boys are a Rwandan Pop/Afrobeat trio, composed of James Manzi, alias Humble Jizzo, Safi Niyibikora, aka Safi Lee and Muhammad Nshimiyimana, also known as Nizzo. By Susan Babijja,The New Times

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Plan International Rwanda to spend Rwf39 bn

Plan International Rwanda has put aside over Rwf39 bn for the organisation’s main projects over the next five years. This was announced last week as the NGO unveiled its five-year strategic plan. The organisation is set to intensify its activities in programmes, including girls’ education, early childhood care and development, youth empowerment and advocacy and child rights. The organisation’s country manager, Peter van Dommelen, while presenting the action plan highlighted issues which he said were in line with government’s priority programmes. “We are committed to work with the government to fight poverty and defend the rights of children among others,” he said. To defend children’s rights, the organisation hopes to conduct child registration in its areas of operation as part of the global campaign dubbed ‘Count Every Child’. The campaign also seeks to achieve universal birth registration in order to strengthen national Civil Registration systems and Vital Statistics (CRVS). Officials argue that it among others enables children to have inheritance rights, something they say is a challenge when children are not registered. The organisation is also conducting a five-year birth registration drive that aims at registering at least 15,000 children in Gatsibo and Bugesera districts. The launch of the strategic plan attracted various senior government officials, including the Executive Secretary of the National Children’s Commission, Zaina Nyiramatama. In her speech, Nyiramatama commended Plan International Rwanda for supplementing on government programmes, especially in supporting initiatives that empower children. She also urged parents to ensure that children’s rights are protected and promoted

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Gisa and Keko set to release collabo

Local R&B artiste James Gisacyinganzo aka Gisa and Ugandan rapper Keko are set to release their single next month. Gisa Gisa revealed the development in an interview with The New Times. According to Gisa, the title of the song will be communicated soon. “I will be traveling to Uganda on Friday to meet Keko to finalise the plan for our project,” Gisa said. The 19 -year-old said the song will be composed in versions of Kinyarwanda, Luganda and English and will be produced by Leon Island, a Ugandan music production studio. By Susan Babijja,The New Times

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Report cases of GBV – Archbishop Rwaje

Anglican Church Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje has urged the public not to shy away from reporting cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV). He made the call yesterday during an event organised to educate and sensitise the population about the need to fight GBV in Kigali City’s Bumbogo Sector of Gasabo District. The event is one of the activities the Anglican Church is conducting during its sixteen days of activism against GBV that started on November 25. In his speech, Rwaje noted that unless communities work together in bringing down GBV, it is would be difficult to fight it. “Couples should learn to respect each other; wives obey your husbands and husbands you must love your wives as the Bible says. And it is not possible that people who love one another can act against each other,” Rwaje said. He told Bumbogo residents that for families to leave in harmony, there was need for commitment from the family members to build a good family and bringing up good citizens. Rwaje warned of the negative effects of bringing up children in a poor background saying children will easily adopt characters of their parents. “If parents fight in the presence of their children, that is setting a very bad example to the young generation; and it will affect these children—meaning that even these children will not be good for peaceful families in their future,” he said. He also reminded his audience that peaceful families make up a peaceful nation, urging that it is everyone’s responsibility to fight GBV. Organisers of the event said that there have been serious cases of GBV in Bumbogo Sector; the reason they decided to have the event there. Residents who spoke to The New Times said that one of the issues frustrating the fight against GBV was fear. “You find that some women`s rights are violated and various forms of GBV occur but we are not sure or we have no guarantee to remain with our husbands in case we report them,” said one of the residents. Others said that full financial dependency on their husbands make women in the area more vulnerable to GBV.

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