On 11.11 at 11:11 this year, I released my most recent music project Alkeymie – The Slamtape. Since it’s too early to talk about it, I will let you dive into it. It’s only going to take your breath away for 22 minutes. You’ll be lively after 😉
Now that you have listened, may I suggest another way to experience the music? My idea is simple: You invite family and friends (maximum 20 people) in your sitting room and I will bring my sound/lighting/props, and mats to sit on and we all create a new experience. Here are the packages:
Simple : USD 300 (One-man show)
Semi Live : USD 450 (With one musician – modern / traditional
Full Live : USD 1,000 (With full band)
Any of the above + Deejay (two-hour set) implies an additional USD 200
PS: For people who would want me to perform for them outside Rwanda, here’s what to consider in terms of visa requirement. Our (former) colonizers do not appreciate our growth and presence in the very countries they built with wealth stolen from us, so Schengen/US visas are discouraging but sometimes worth a try.
Twenty days have never been so short, so rich in experience! Berlin has unlocked so many new senses in my being like in a game, you know? Because I felt like I was in an adventure Gameboy play. Berlin is fascinating. The people are respectful and that is great! The bonus for me was meeting various artists from across the world, going to inspiring cultural events and enjoying the amazing taste of Düners yum yum yum!!
As for the past that led to these beautiful experiences, it all started with a casual encounter with Jens Dietrich in 2017 at Rwanda Arts Initiative. He was working with Dorcy Rugamba, who is his longtime collaborator. Dorcy runs the space. I go there sometimes without any particular agenda, simply because I feel home at the home of Rugamba Cyprien, my all-time favorite poet. That afternoon, as the sun sets behind Mont Kigali, Jens told me a little bit about Planet Kigali, which he was working on with Dorcy and another storytelling project in the pipeline. Later on in time, Jens asked me if I was interested in the project? I said, “We’re on the same path, I’ve been doing the same work with La Voie De La Légende. I’m in.”
Fast forward, Feb 2019: Jens returned to Rwanda with Milena & Klaus, who are artists navigating through various formats (experimental music and sounds, theatre, performing arts…) The meeting was so on point that we dove into the work straight up. We traveled around Rwanda recording personal stories that focused on identity. Not what others say about you but what you say about yourself. At the same time, Klaus was creating music by sampling old Rwandan records. The project RWANDAN RECORDS was taking shape.
Next, I applied for a Schengen visa and for the first time, I didn’t have to scream to get. It came in about a week. Amazing!
6th March I was in Berlin. We got into rehearsals, finalized with translations and the structure of the installation.
21st-24th March, the Rwandan Records museum installation was open as a part of Find The File festival at the HKW. Klaus and I performed about every 25 minutes during the 3-hour music walkthrough installation. Here’s a glimpse.
Much love and appreciation to everyone who came through, to the crew, Goethe Institut, HKW, Iriba and the storytellers: Assumpta Mugiraneza, Natacha Muziramakenga, Karinganire Évariste, Kimenyi Hervé, Wesley Ruzibiza, Mukakimenyi Odette, Ntakirutuma Paul, Mushabizi Jean Marie Vianney, Déo Munyakazi, Prof. Mbonimana Gamaliel, Nkurikiyimfura, Mukandoli aka shongore, Yannick Kamanzi. And, the ancestors!
A week ago I learned a new word – Bagamoyo. It means “where you leave your soul.” Yesterday I toured was in Bagamoyo and had the priviledge of touring the small town that served as a slave port for slaves rounded across the East Coast of Africa by slave traders and colonial powers. From Bagamoyo, these slaves were either shipped to Arabic countries, Persia, India, South Africa, Reunion, Mauritius to work on various plantations till the end of the 19th century. It is said that about 1.5 million slaves walked on the shores of Bagamoyo. Continue reading “From Bagamoyo, with so much soul”→
Just like last year, Nyege Nyege started early and smooth, a beginning I was familiar with. I’m not going to compare the two editions – They are different in size, magnitude, performance levels, lineup, weather, duration… everything and not to mention the ending for me- a real BANG! But not the type of bang you would tell your friends who missed out, rather the type that takes to a hospital with a complete broken jaw and last thing the doctor tells you before you leave the hospital with both jaws stitched together is « Do not talk. Do not laugh. For six weeks! » Damn someone finally managed to shut my big mouth. And he did it smoothly in a space of two selfie clicks. Why? For a fuckin Tecno phone. What a world! Continue reading “My 2018 Nyege Nyege Experience”→