Mpyisi

Kagarama, Kigali

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With Pastor Mpyisi Ezra
  • Muzehe rero nifuzaga ko mwanganiriza ku mateka y’u Rwanda mbere y’ubwigenge… ubwo nukuvuga ku buzima bwanyu mbere ya 1960. Icyo nifuza kumenya cyane ni ibijyanye n’ubwiru. Ese ubundi ubwiru bisobanura iki? Umwiru ni muntu ki?
  • Ubwiru ni ijambo ry’ikinyarwanda risobanura ibanga. Umwiru ni umuntu wabikaga amabanga y’ibwami. Ntawagiraga abiru uretse umwami we nyine.
  • Nigeze kumva ko abiru bakomokaga mu bwoko bw’abatsobe, ni byo?
  • Bakomokogaga mu Bakobwa uretse ko n’abandi bashoboraga kuba abiru.
  • Abakobwa?
  • Oya Abakobwa [soma Abâkoobwa]
  • Abakobwa se ntibabaga muri ya moko numva? Abasinga, abanyiginya…
  • Oya ni igisekuruza. Ntabwo ari ubwoko.
  • Bakomoka kuri nde?
  • Kwa Ndoli, kwa Ndoba.
  • Namenye ko wabaye umwiru, uri umukobwa rero?
  • Yego.
  • Ese umuntu yahindukaga umwiru ate? Ni ibivukanwa?
  • Oya! Uretse umwami ubivukana ibindi ni imirimo.
  • Wambwira ku mirimo yanyu nk’umwiru?
  • Naragiraga inka. Umwiru yari umuntu nk’abandi. Hari igihe yabaga yaragabiwe umusozi cyangwa inka n’umwami naho ubundi yashakisha imibereho ngo atunge umuryango we nk’abandi.
  • Hari amazina y’abandi biru wambwira?
  • Ndabibuka se? Hari umutware witwaga Kayumba wigeze kuba shefu mu Kabagari… Kayumba yari yarabwiwe na Rudahigwa ko Ndahindurwa ari we uzima. Igihe kigeze bati tubwire umwami. Avuga ko ari Kigeli.
  • Kayumba ka Rubibi? Aho ntiwasanga ari sogokuruza?
  • Oya. Ni undi. Yatwaraga i Bumbogo. Yari umutsobe.
  • Hari aho nasomye ku bijyanye n’intambara yo ku Rucunshu ko babanje kwica abiru.
  • Oya. Abega n’Abayiginya baricanye. Abiru bari ku ruhande rwa Rutarindwa barapfuye. Abayobotse Musinga ntibapfa.
  • Numva ngo wabaye adiministarteri i bwami? Ese ibiro byabagamo abakozi bangahe? Imirimo yawe yari iyihe?
  • Icyo gihe twari twaraganjwe mwana wa. Abakozi bari bake. Imirimo yari nk’uko usanga inzego zitandukanye ziriho ubu. Habaga umwami, hakaba abashefu, abasushefu bikagera ku rugo aho umugabo yari ashinzwe gushakira umuryango we imibereho yaronka bikamenywa n’umugore. Erega u Rwanda rwa kera rwari rukomeye mbere y’abazungu. Rwari rufite imiyoborere yarwo nk’uko muri Kongo, Ubugande n’ahandi hose bari bafite uburyo babayeho ukwabo. Abanyarwanda bagiraga umuco umwe, bakabandwa, bagaterekera…
  • Ese kubandwa no guterekera bitandukaniye he?
  • Kubandwa ni nko kubatizwa. Guterekera ni ya migenzo yo kwambaza abakurambere, gutanga ibitambo…
  • Numva ngo Musinga yarabyemeraga cyane.
  • Musinga bamucira i Kamembe nari nkiri muto
  • Wavutse ryari?
  • Mu 1922
  • Ukomoka he?
  • Hari i Nyanza, hafi yo kwa Rudahigwa ho gatoya.
  • i Mwima?
  • Eeeh mu Rukari aho.
  • Waje kwiga?
  • Ibyo se ko byaje nyuma…
  • Iyo umwiru yamenaga amabanga y’ibwami byangenda bite?
  • Yaricwaga! None se ko yabaga yaranyohe igihango arahira ko atazigera amena ibanga keretse umwami amuhaye uruhushya akanamubwira uwo azaribwira. Uwo akitwa umwiru w’ibwami.
  • Ese ubundi igihango ni iki?
  • Ni ibintu by’imiti bavugutaga umuntu akanywa akavuga ko namena ibanga kizamwica.
  • Nari nzi ko ari kwa kundi abantu bikebaga bakanywa amaraso…
  • Ibyo ni ukunywana.
  • Abantu bamenyaga ko kanaka ari umwiru se?
  • Yego.
  • Ubwo se nta bantu wenda bamushakishaga bashaka amabanga wenda…
  • Umva re! Cyane. Siyo mpamvu yanywaga igihango se!
  • Hari uwo cyishe se?
  • Ni nka kwa kundi abantu bizera Imana bakumva ko nibakora nabi bazajya i kuzimu.
  • Ko wabaye umugaragu wa Rudahigwa na Kigeli, ubona ari nde wari ufite ubwenge kurusha undi?
  • Bose bari babufite. Ntibari abami b’u Rwanda se?
  • Hari amabanga bagusigiye ngo uzatubwire se?
  • Nyakubwire ngo bazuke se? Barapfuye. Ngiryo ibanga! Umva Kigeli twarabanye mujyana muri Amerika muri 1992, tuba i Burayi turazenguruka ejo bundi njya gucyura umugogo. Ibyabo byajyanye nabo.
  • Nta bandi biru bariho se?
  • Simbizi. Ubwiru se barabuzi? Babanye n’umwami se?
  •  Hanyuma wambwira uko amadini yadutse mu Rwanda, nuko wahisemo kuba umudive aho kuba umugaturika?
  • Keretse uje ukamara icyumweru ni bwo wabyumva neza. Ngo mpitamo? Ntacyo twahisemo, twaraganjwe, turategekwa turayoboka umuco ucika utyo. Abazungu baje ku bwa Rwabugili. Baza bakuraho ibyacu bashyiraho ibyabo. Abanyarwanda bacaga umugani ngo “Mwimuke cyangwa umuyoboke!” naho ubundi arakwica. Ntitwari tuzi guhunga. Ubwo twarayobotse.
  • Ntabakomeje kubikora bwihishwa se?
  • Ntabo. None ko uwabikomezaga abazungu bamufungaga, bakamwica urumva ari nde wari kubikomeza?
  • Rudahigwa atanga u Rwanda akaruha Kristu, ngo abanyarwanda bakoze ibirori by’iminsi itatu. Numva ari nkaho bishimiye kuba akirisitu.
  • Umva! Twari twaraganjwe. Rudahigwa aha u Rwanda Kristu yabikoze abitegetswe n’abazungu. Ntacyo twahisemo. Duheruka ubwigenge abazungu bataraza. Bagira batya bashyiraho Kayibanda, abatutsi batangira kuvuga igikiga kandi mbere yaho abahutu bifuzaga kuvuga nk’abatutsi. Abantu batangira kwiga igifaransa, ubu ni icyongereza none byose byarivanze. Ugasanga uriya Rucagu… hari imipira mbona yanditseho ngo intore zatojwe… intore ntitozwa irigishwa. Hatozwa inka, inkoko, ingagi. Waje umbaza iby’u Rwanda rwa kera, byari ibihimbano! Kubandwa no guterekera byari ukwihimbira ariko icyo nshimira abakera nuko bavugashaga ukuri. Mu byo bakoraga byose bageraga aho bavuga bati “Ni ah’Imana.” Umuntu akarwara, bagakora ibyo bakora babona agiye gupfa bati “Ni ah’Imana.” Abanyarwanda bageze aho iy mana bayita abana babo. Ngo “Hatangimana, Harerimana…”
  • Nari nzi ko ari abahutu bayitaga abana babo gusa
  • Oya. Abanyarwanda baba abahutu, abatutsi, abatwa bitwaga ayo mazina nk’uko abazungu bita ababo za “Dieudonné.” Uzi ko n’abagiriki bazwi ho kuba abantu ba mbere batekerezaga… ni bo babyikaga bagatekereza bati ese ko izuba rirasira hino rikarengera hirya buri munsi amasaha adahinduka ni bite? Bageze aho bibaza ku mana, bashinga ahantu ho gusengera bati aha ni ah’Imana itazwi. Iyo mana abanyarwanda bavugaga batazi, iyo yari yarayobeye abagiriki narayimenye. Nta handi iri hatari muri Bibiriya.
  • Ariko Bibiriya yazanywe n’abo bazungu batuganje. Nibwira ko Rudahigwa aha u Rwanda Kristu Mwami hari amasezerano yashyizweho umukono na kiriziya abaha ubutaka butari buto mu gihugu dore ko batunze bwinshi muri Afurika. Nta uyobewe ko Vatican ari imbaraga za politike.
  • Umva wivanga administration n’Imana. Amasezerano y’iki? Abazungu barategekaga, tukayoboka. Icyo nkubwira ni uko n’abanyarwanda bari bazi ko hejuru y’umwami hari imbaraga zirenze. Bati “Nyakugirimana.” Bari bazi ko n’umwami abeshejweho n’iyo mana. Bamwe bati ni Mungu, abandi bayita Dieu, abanyamerika bati ni God, abagande bati ni Katonda.
  • Ese abanyarwanda ntibyababereye urujijo kuba icyo bumvaga ko ari Imana cyaje gifite indi sura?
  • Ndakubwira ko twarozwe. Twigishishwe nabi. Abazungu baraturoze natwe turarogana. Hari benshi nayobeje mu gihe cy’imywaka 60 mbabwira ibitari byo nibwira ko ari ukuri.
  • Ni iki wababwiraga?
  • Ko Imana yapfuye. Imana irapfa se? Yhuuuuu!! Ubu namenye ukuri abatega isi batazi. Ubu ndi hejuru ya ba Rudahigwa, Kigeli, Kagame, Trump… Ndi hafi y’Imana. Ubu ni ko kuri nigisha.
  • Ibyo ari byo byose imyizere ya kera yari igamije icyiza.
  • Uvuze ikintu cyiza. Yari igamije icyiza ariko harimo ikibi. Hari umukrisitu utifuza kudakora icyaha se? Hanyuma se? Ntibirangira yacumuye?
  • Ubu ntugikora icyaha?
  • Keretse iyo ngomye. Ariko namenye aho ugera kugira ngo ntukore icyaha.
  • Waje umbaza ibya kera, ariko banza umenye amateka y’isi n’ibindi byose uzabimenya. Imana yaremye adamu na Eva, satani irabashuka baracumura, babyara ibigoryi. Aho ni ho byapfiriye.
  • Satani ntiyaremwe n’Imana se?
  • Ibyo birakurenze. Ahubwo hari ukuntu yacengeye ijijisha abantu ubu bazi ko umuntu yaturutse ku mpunyu. Ariko uranyumvira abazungu di?
  • Nibwira ko niba ari uko nabo ari ho bakomoka. Uretse ko nzi ko abanyarwanda ba kera bizeraga ukundi. Hari ibyo numvise bita ibimanuka…
  • Ni ibihimbano! Ibyo bya Gihanga… byo ni ibihimbano. Ariko ibihimbano byabo nk’uko n’abandi bihimbiye ibyabo. Ukuri kuri muri Bibiliya gusa.
  • Ariko hari ibindi bitabo bitari…
  • Ni ibihimbano!! Ibindi byose ni imvange! Njye naravanguye.
  • Nganga… nakwigishije nawe genda usangize bagenzi ibyo wize.
  • Murakoze cyane.
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The Expericment Film

I have been conflicted since the film was completed. My friend Isumbabyose, the brain behind this documentary, and I had many conversations regarding its release. Initially he made a 10min version hoping to raise interest about the full film and maybe generate some income from it but at the same time the purpose of the film is to educate about what it is to be an artist in a system that does not value arts. I’ve been working hard, pushing the envelope as much as I could but still it seems like we have many years to go. We need people who see the potential in the arts to make it an industry. Right now I feel it’s important that I share with the world today and the next about what I have learned as an independent artist and cultural entrepreneur in Rwanda. To be honest I am worried about the future of the arts in this country. The present is already a mess but I have hope that every blue moon generations will rise to the challenges.
This film is personal journey that I hope will shed light on issues that we do not talk about publicly as artists because we have a “reputation” to protect. So please let’s all learn together and figure out ways that may work for those kids who are talented but have no platform. If anything, tell them I tried and that I care about them.

Intore Mugemana

Mwima i Nyanza, Amajyepfo

Twaganiriye tubuguza. Nizaniye igisoro.

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– Muzehe uzi kubuguza?
– Cyane.
– Ngaho rero. Turebe aho twicara. Ese utu dusoro tuvahe?
– Hari igiti tweraho ndaza kukwereka.
– Dutangire ikiganiro rero. Witwa nde? Wavutse ryari?
– Nitwa Mugemana Felix. Navutse mu 1948.
– Hanyuma ibintu bijyanye no gutarama, ubusizi hari ibyo uzi?
– Nzi gutarama cyane. Sinzi kuririmba cyangwa kuvuga imivugo ariko nzi kubyina.
– Oh! Mbwira hari ubwoko bungahe bw’imbyino?
– Ni bwinshi. Biterwa n’akarere. Hari imbyino z’i Nyanza, za Rwamagana, z’i Gisenyi… hakabaho imihamirizo itandukanye nk’inshohozabahizi, Ruhame, Indangamyambi, Ibihogo, Ikinani… imbyino zari nyinshi.
– Ibi ni ibintu byahozeho?
– Yee niko byahozeho. Akarere n’imbyino yako, akarere n’imbyino bityo bityo.
– Gutarama byaje bite?
– Byaturutse i bwami. Hari igihe cyageraga bagatumira abantu gutaramira umwami. Ubwo tukabyina ku ndirimbo nka za Benimana, za Bagorebeza, za Mugabutema, za Mpundu…
– Ese ubwo mwaherega he muvuga muti uburyo bwo kubyina ni ubu cyangwa ubu? Mwari mufite abatoza bahimbaga imbyino?
– Cyane!
– Naganiriye n’abatwa ejo bundi bambwira ko bahimbaga imbyino n’indirimbo abandi bakazibatwara bakazigira izabo. Ese ni byo?
– Yego. Kera iyo wabonaga imbyino ahantu warayikoperaga ukayifata. Uretse ko imudiho wa Gisenyi utari nk’uwa hano i Nduga cyangwa uwa Kibungo. Mw’itorero ry’igihugu rero izo mbyino zaturukaga hose tukaziga tukazifata. Tukamara ameze arenga atatu twitoza.
– Eh! Bivuze ko ari wo murimo wari ubatunze?
– Cyane.
– Wagiye mw’itorero ry’igihugu?
– Yego guhera mu 1973 kugeza mu 2009.
– Wagiyemo ufite imyaka ingahe?
– Nari ndangije primaire. Nari mfite 13. Natojwe na Shamukiga uriya… na Bwanakweli. Nza kuba intore rero njya mu Rukerereza. Ariko mbere twabanje kuba mu ntore zo mu kabagari zitwaga Indatirwabahizi muri za 59, 60, 61.
– Jya numva Bwanakweli bamuvuga cyane. Ibigwi bye ni ibihe?
– Yari azi kubyina cyane. Akavuza n’amakondera kwa Rudahigwa mw’itorero ryitwaga ishyaka. Habagamo ba Bwanakweli, ba Bunungu, ba Rusengamihigo, ba Semusambi, ba Rutaganda. Uwo ni se wa perezida Kagame. Yari azi guhamiriza cyane rwose. Hakabamo na Butera bwa Nturo ya Nyirimigabo. Yarahamirizaga bimwe bya sana. Cyane! Abo nibo niganaga nkiri muto. Ubwo umwami amaze gutanga nibwo Bwanakweli yasubiye mu Kabagali akora itorero ry’igihugu ryitwaga Urukererereza muri 73.
– Mbere yaho nta torero ry’igihugu ryabagaho?
– Ndibwirako habaye irushanwa kugira ngo winjire mu Rukerereza?
– Cyane. Hari itorero ryo ku Gisenyi ryitwaga Inkomezakurinda, hakaba irindi torero ryo ku gikongoro, irindi i Butare kuri musée. Tuzaguhurira i Kigali. Turarushanwa bikomeye cyane kugira ngo hanoneke itorero rizaserukira igihugu mu mahanga. Turahamiriza itorero ryacu riba irya mbere tujya mu Butaliyani.
– Eh! Aho ni ryari?
– Muri 1972. Tujyana a Shamukiga na Bwanakweli. Tuvuyeyo nibwo bafashe ababyinnyi mu gihugu hose bakora ballet national. Ubwo tujya mu bu Biligi, tujya mu Bwongereza, mu Budage, mu Bushinwa, muri Koreya…
– Mwari bangahe?
– Twari 25. Ubundi bafataga abantu batarenze 30.
– Mwagiyeyo kangahe?
– Kenshi cyane. Nagiye mu bihugu birenze makumyabiri na…
– Ese iri torero ry’urukerereza ririho ni rya rindi rya kera bakomerejeho cyangwa ni rishyashya?
– Ni rishyashya.
– Ubona babyina bate?
– Reka nta kigenda.
– Barabura iki?
– Umuco. Ubu ubona babyina tamporene (ndakeka ko yashatse kuvuga contemporaine). Ubundi kera waramburaga amaboko ugahamiriza, bakavuza amakondera, abakobwa bakabyina bigaragara ko ari iby’i Rwanda. Ariko ubu ntiwamenya ibyo ari byo. Yewe usanga bagenda batoranya bahera ku bo baziranye cyangwa bafitanye isano. Si ubuhanga bakurikiza. Ufite mwene wabo akamuha umwanya bityo bityo. Mbere ubuhanga ni bwo bwakujyanaga aho ugiye.
– Ubundi intore yambaraga iki? Yabaga ifite iki?
– Ku mutwe yambaraga umugara. Hariho igikubwe cy’umugara.
– Ni ka kandi gatatse?
– Yee. Mu gituza akambara inkomo. Akongeraho ibihagatiro. Agafata ingabo ibumoso, icumu iburyo, agakenyera inkindi hasi akambara inzongera.
– Amacumu yari nyayo?
– Yee yari ay’ibyuma.
– Eh! Bivuze ko mwitozaga ku buryo nta ukora ibitandukanye kuko yashoboraga gukomeretsa umuntu?
– Cyane. Nyuma ni bwo twaje gukoresha ay’ibiti.
– Inkindi zabaga zikoze mu ki?
– Twe twambaraga iz’ingwe.
– Ingwe nyayo?
– Yeee nyayo. Noneho bigera igihe twambara uruhu rw’imondo.
– Aya mayugi wayaguze angahe?
– Nayaguze 15000Frw mu 1991.
– Eh!! Yari menshi cyane icyo gihe. Ni nde wayakoraga? Ndabona ari meza cyane. Ni uruhu rwiza rukomeye. Warikokoye. Ni nk’uko ubu umuririmbyi agura gitari ndakeka.
– Eeh.
– Ese ubona bizagaruka bigasubira ku murongo nka kera?
– Cyane. Bizagaruka rwose. Ubu ndigisha. Mfite itorero ry’abana bashoboye. Ariko rwose intore za kera si zo z’ubu.
– Ku myitwarire no mu mico ubona intore z’ubu zitwara zite?
– Ubundi intore wabaga ari umutwe ukundana cyane ku buryo utapfa kuzimeneramo zateranye. Intore zirakundana cyane. Zigashyira hamwe.
– Abo mwabyinanye kera baracyariho?
– Hasigaye batatu.
– Mujya muhura mugatarama? Ni gake ariko iyo bibaye turaryoshya.
– Wanshyiriraho akadiho se?
– Cyane rwose.

Kaberuka

Ku Bisoro bya Ruganzu II Ndoli i Kiyanja, Amajyepfo

Kaberuka– Ese muzehe Kaberuka wavutse ryari?
– Navutse muri 46.
– Hari amateka ya Ruganzu wandusha se?
– Yewe naba nkubeshya mwana wa!
– Ukuntu yari igihangange ntawabibabwiraga habe no mu migani? 
– None se ko nabyirutse abashaka ko amateka y’iyubwami asibangana nari kubibwirwa na nde?
– Nta basizi se mwandusha nibura ngo numve niba biri mu ndirimbo?
– Abaririmba ko baririmba iby’amadini se…
– Ubu se abana bacu tuzababwira iki?
– Yewe dore na njye mbuze icyo nkubwira.

Njunga

Bweramvura bwa Kinihira, Amajyepfo

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– Ese musaza Njunga ufite imyaka ingahe?
– Va kuri ibyo, umva! Inzara ya mbere yabaye mu Rwanda ni Rumanura hari mu 1918. Iyo narayibariwe. Iya kabiri yitwaga Gakwege. Hari mu 1928. Naragiraga inyana na sogokuruza wawe. Nyuma haza Ruzagayura. Iza ifite icyivugo. Ngo “Narishe ariko nyirabicucu yarananiye”
– Nyirabicu…??
– Uwo ni uwari ufite inka.
– Ruzagayura yo ni iya Ryari?
– Yabaye hagati y’1941 n’1945. Icyo gihe nari muri Zayire nkora mu makawa hepfo ya za Masisi.

La Voi(e)x La Légende

lvdll“My next music project. An EP perhaps.”
I posted this April last year. I am convinced now is the time. And it’s going to be an album. An album about people, cultures, traditions and more that I hope to discover on the way.
The album will come with a book or rather the music CD will be in the book’s pocket.
I have a feeling it’s going to take more than a year to complete. I’m not in a rush anymore. Entre2 was a draft. I want to spend more time on this. So if I become less present on your walls or stweets, you know I’m offline working.
I might start the first line on the book today.
Thank you my people for being part of the journey. I appreciate your generosity and attention. Take care of yourselves.
1Key, 1Love

Eric 1Key, an artist who represents a modern but complicated Rwanda

Published on 22 November 2016 by Ceri Whatley for True Africa

When Ceri and I met me in 2015 for the first time, we had about a 5-hour interview. It was so fluid that I forgot it was an interview. Ever since she has shown lots of interest in my work digging between the lines to decipher hidden messages,and shed light into the world with her beautiful quill. Here, she curated my work on True Africa.

“There isn’t a lot of live music in Rwanda. A lot of artists prefer playback as it’s an easy shortcut to performances. It costs more to organise live performances, especially when artists are so often paid in “exposure” instead of money’. Despite Kigali’s restrictive noise pollution regulations, and severe lack of investment in the arts, 1Key regularly entertains crowds at Spoken Word Rwanda. He has performed at Rwanda’s annual KigaliUp! Festival and has, more recently, organised a series of live shows: the #Expericment.

“His outlook reflects the new Kigali today, where entwined linguistic and cultural influences feed into an increasingly diverse and interesting arts scene.”

“1Key addresses subjects such as cosmopolitanism, patriotism, Pan-Africanism, Black Power, and Democracy.”

– Ceri Whatley

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