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NEW MUSIC: Stromae - “Ave Maria”.

Never one to waste a second of video on anything less than amazing, Stromae’s fifth single of his album Racine Carée is a nostalgic decleration of love and a celebration of the late Cape Verdean singing legend Cesaria Evora.

In case the gorgeous photographs of Kigali’s ‘Diner en Blanc’ soiree wasn’t enough, here’s a video of the fabulous event that includes a proposal and over 500 guests dining at the beautiful Acacia Gardens having what looks to be an incredibly lovely time.

Photo Series: “Diner en Blanc Kigali - 2014 Edition”.

On August 10th this year, Kigali’s scenic Acacia Gardens was a sea of crisp white as it played host to the city’s annual ‘Diner en Blanc’ event.

Currently in its third year, Rwanda became the first country in Africa to take part in this global event in 2012. Global Diner en Blanc events were put together to foster friendship, elegance and sense of community amongst those who attend. This year, as it seeks to be integrated into Rwanda’s broader tourism agenda, the event attracted over 500 people hailing from both African countries and other foreign states.

See more amazing photographs of the event here!

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Ni Nyampinga Brand Representatives interview Ms. Geraldine Fraser- Moleketi of AfDB.

The girls at Girl Hub Rwanda have been doing some amazing things - from publishing magazines to educate girls around the country, to providing training for young role models in communities across Rwanda.

On May 23rd, the Ni Nyampinga girls attended the one of the sessions titled “Gender Dividend: The economic benefits of investing in women”, as part of the African Development Bank Annual Meetings that took place in Kigali, Rwanda.

After the event, they interviewed Ms. Geraldine Fraser- Moleketi, former Director at UNDP and currently the Special Envoy for Gender at the African Development Bank. Ms. Fraser-Moleketi was interviewed on her role as an envoy and her hopes for women across the African continent.

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Ni Nyampinga Rwanda: How to be a Role Model.

"Made by girls for girls", that’s the phrase that echoes throughout this grassroots movement in Rwanda. Starting with a magazine and a radio show, Ni Nyampinga has grown into a passionate project where local ambassadors distribute the Ni Nyampinga publication that seeks to both highlight and represent issues of the girls in their area.

Through peer-to-peer communication, Ni Nyampinga seeks to inspire and empower girls of all ages to reach greater heights and not see them as limited in any way, no matter their circumstance.

Hugo, in the article accompanying his images, contends that forgiveness, in this context, is not merely a matter of the victims being supremely enlightened: it is a practical necessity. “These people can’t go anywhere else,” he observes.

“They have to make peace…Forgiveness is not born out of some airy-fairy sense of benevolence. It’s more out of a survival instinct.” The article then proceeds to feature the moving accounts of how these Rwandans managed to find hope amid horror.

Towards its close, there is a quote from Laurent Nsabimana, a perpetrator, who says of his victim – Beatrice Mukarwambari, whose house he raided and destroyed – that “her forgiveness proved to me that she is a person with a pure heart”. For her part, Mukarwambari is the model of grace. “If I am not stubborn,” she says, “life moves forward. When someone comes close to you without hatred, although horrible things happened, you welcome him and grant what he is looking for from you. Forgiveness equals mercy.” (My italics.)

Twenty years after the genocide, Rwandans are finding ways to reconciliation. But it’s too soon for the nations and institutions that failed to help to forgive themselves.


"I lost my husband on a Monday afternoon of April 1994, killed by a group of people that were our neighbors. I started running with my two children towards the West of the country. At each checkpoint, I was raped by soldiers. Now, I live with HIV and must raise my kids alone.” — Martha

Image by Tomaso Clavarino. Rwanda, 2014.

Forthcoming Pulitzer Center-sponsored project “We Are the Past.”

Released in 2005, “Sometimes in April” is an Idris Elba-starring made-for-television film that tells story of the 1994 Rwandan genocide through the lives of two brothers on opposing sides of the conflict.

The film was directed by Raoul Peck, who also developed the screenplay. Peck is an award-winning Haitian filmmaker who also brought to life the story of Congo’s Patrice Lumumba first in the 1990 documentary “Lumumba: La mort d’un prophete”, and later in “Lumumba”, a feature film biopic.

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All Africa, All the time.

Rwanda documentary aims to use radio as a tool for social change.

April 7th 2014 will mark exactly 20 years since the beginning of the Rwandan Genocide that left 100,000s of innocent people dead.

It will also signal the beginning of Love Radio: Episodes of Love & Hate, a new transmedia documentary by Anoek Steketee and Eefje Blankevoort that aims to explore the subject of reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda.

Consisting of a web documentary, mobile tap stories for smartphone users and an exhibition in Amsterdam’s FOAM Museum (from 11th July to 7th September),Love Radio straddles the thin line between fact and fiction. At first glance it tells a linear, almost fairy-tale narrative, based around the radio soap Musekeweya (‘New Dawn’). But a closer look reveals the complex reality. While in the soap happy endings predominate, reconciliation in real life is rather more intransigent. After the gruesome killings, how can perpetrators and victims live with and love each other?

Love Radio tells the story of the soap’s creators, its actors and audience through film, photography and text. It is a story of the impact of mass media and the thin line between fact and fiction, violence and reconciliation, guilt and innocence. It’s is a transmedia documentary about the process of reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda. It consists of a web documentary, mobile Tap stories and an exhibition.


Rwanda: Twenty Years Marked in New London Photography Exhibition

After the genocide in Rwanda, twenty years ago, that led to the deaths of up to a million people, Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now brings work by Rwandan photographers to international audiences for the first time. Intimate images of everyday life in the Great Lakes communicate the complexities of survival after mass violence.

The photographs are the fruits of a workshop led by award-winning international photographers Andrew Esiebo (Nigeria) and Brendan Bannon (US and Kenya) in which photographers from Rwanda questioned the ways in which their country is portrayed internationally.

Too often the country is reduced to images of violence and death, as seen through the eyes of outsiders. For this exhibition, Rwandans have challenged this gaze and now show us their country through their own eyes.

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A heart-wrenching tune, perhaps autobiographical in nature, about a young boy growing up with an absent father, the video so perfectly captures and illustrates the angst of a frustrated son desperate to see his father ‘come alive’.

The setting, use of colour and costumes - and of course the dancing - all help to bring this video to life, and I can’t help but love all the brown people featured in it as well as the slight soukous guitar melody that is heard solidly at the end of the song.

Papaoutai”, the literal pronunciation of Papa où t’es meaning “Dad, where are you?”, was written by Stromae and was the lead single release from his sophomore album Racine Carree.

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Decided to revisit the debut album from Belgian-Rwandese artist Stromae who I was introduced by my younger sister who’s incredibly hip the Francophone popular music scene, and of course her putting me on to Cheese definitely solidified that fact.

With a unique blend of electronic and dance-pop beats, layered with a serving of French rap delivered in Stromae’s highly sensual and slightly gruff vocals loaded with character and an intense vibrancy, every single track on this collection of songs is highly addictive, commanding your full attention both lyrically and melodically.

Born Paul Van Haver, Stromae has been actively making music since 2005. But it wasn’t until 2009 with the release of his hit song Alors on Danse, that Haver managed to successfully launch himself in the music world, going on to collaborate with Kanye West on the remix of the song.

Since then, Stromae has released two successful studio albums - Cheese and Racine Carree - both reaching number 1 on Belgian charts.

Kigali. Rwanda.
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Ph: Raymond Depardon, 1994.

Kigali. Rwanda.

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Ph: Raymond Depardon, 1994.

Ingoma Nshya - Rwandan Women’s Drumming Group perform during their practice session in Butare, Rwanda on May 19, 2011.

The incredible women who are part of the Ingoma Nshya musical group - the first all-women drumming troupe in Rwanda, are of both Hutu and Tutsi origin, and all are survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Established in 2005 by Odile Gakire Katese (or Kiki as she is mostly known as), the group has around 100 members (as of 2012) and was created with the intention of forging a space and outlet through which these women, as survivors of a brutal conflict, could express themselves freely and, in the process, find ways to heal and reconcile.

Their story was documented in the documentary ‘Sweet Dreams’.

This performance gave me chills! If these beats don’t move you, I’d check my pulse if I were you.

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WorldSessions: A Day in the Life of Somi’s World

It’s a beautiful sunny day in the Big Apple, some time back in 2011, and as Rwandan-Ugandan-American singer-songwriter and musician Somi traverses the cosmopolitan streets of New York City, we get a narrated view, accompanied by her singing, of a part of her daily life as she speaks about her personal experiences and musical influences.

Somi was also featured as a STYLE ICON in Dynamic Africa.

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