Umurage returns for second edition

Monday August 27 2018


A previous Umurage Nyawo Concert. This year’s event will celebrate Minani Rwema. PHOTO | ANDREW I KAZIBWE 

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Umurage Nyawo Concert returns for its second edition and is still dedicated to paying tribute to the country’s legendary musicians.

This year’s event, which takes place on August 25 at Kigali Serena hotel, seeks to honour and celebrate Minani Rwema, also known as “Sur La Terre,” a title derived from her famous song.

Started last year by Sylvain Dejoie Ifashabayo and Derrick Murekezi — both university students — the Umurage Nyawo Concert features live performances from young artistes who pay tribute to the chosen icon.

Its first edition was a live concert that paid tribute to Annonciata Mutamuriza, better known as Kamaliza — a musical hero who died 22 years ago.

“The concert was in support to Kamaliza’s family, while also giving young people a chance to hear her music,” Ifashabayo said.

Minani Rwema was a Rwandan artiste and freedom fighter who died 10 years ago and is known for songs like Rubera, Malayika Ange, Intimba.

Minani was a public servant and patriot as part of the “Indahemuka” a troupe that used its music to support the struggle for liberating Rwanda.

“I believe that his songs and wisdom must continue to guide our generation and that of the next generation. His songs must keep spreading the truth across the country,” said Ifashabayo.