Yvan Buravan’s Love Lab launch concert made a mark and cemented him as one of the youngest, talented and established acts.
The concert took place on December 1, at the Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village (KCEV), and was crowned the “Sold Out Concert Of the Year.”
The launch’s programme made the event even more unique. It provided a platform for talented rising acts and live collaborations.
Zimbabwean saxophonist Osborne Matengenzara was the curtain raiser of the event. He is popularly known as iam kingz and he thrilled many as he performed several African song covers Buravan’s performances were backed by live contemporary dances and a full band.
Similar to a musical, he integrated music, with short stage skits, which took many by surprise. The artiste, back up dancers and band were all fully dressed in lab coats and costumes, with a table full of apparatuses at the far end of the stage.
Love Lab is his debut album and is a compilation of 18 songs, with collaborations with artists like Gaby Umutare, Uncle Austin, Michael Burabyo Active Again, Charly and Nina.
The album also features regional musicians like Uganda’s A Pass, Tanzania’s AY among other acts. The album was produced by Bob Pro and Pastor P, and features afro R & B with a fusion of Zouke, afro pop genres and live instruments.
The launch coincided with Buravan’s celebration of winning the Radio France International Prix Découvertes, a 10,000 euros award he won last month.
Buravan ushered in other talented acts like Amalon, Active Again, Uncle Austin, Charly and Nina, with whom he performed songs from his new album.
Buravan and Michael Burabyo, his father, recorded with him Garagaza, a song in which he played the harmonica.
The 22-year old singer and songwriter has steadily risen to fame since 2015, through afro R & B songs in Ikinyarwanda, French and English.