Mukabuzizi

Mushubati i Muhanga, Amajyepfo

Mukabuzizi.jpg– Nari ngiye kubabaza uko mumeze ino ariko ndabona bikomeye. Sinari nzi ko abantu baba mu kiraro nk’inka… Turahera he se? Witwa nde, wavutse ryari?
– Nitwa Mukabuzizi Marie-José. Nkubwire ko navutse ryari se? Ntabyo nzi.
– Wenda wagerageza kumbwira hari ku ngoma ya nde? Hari amapfa akomeye waciyemo?
– Ndibuka ko hari ku ngoma ya Rudahigwa. Inzara yo ndayibuka ariko nari nkiri muto.
– Ubwo ushobora kuba waravutse mu mpera ya za mirongo itatu cyangwa mu ntangiriro ya za mirongo ine.
– Ndabona abandi bari kubumba. Abatwa baje kuba ababumbyi bate?
– Reka nkubwire uko nabibwiwe na data. Ngo kera habayeho umutwa abona inka zikama amata aboga nuko aheraho abumba atereka munsi ya ya nka. Nuko nabamukomotseho twabaye ababumbyi. Tukabumba inkono tukajyana kw’isoko bakatuguranira n’imyaka.
– Ubwo nyuma mutangira gucuruza.
– Yego.
– Inkono muyigurisha angahe?
– Ni nkaho ntayo. Iyo ugize amahirwe bayigura 250Frw uretse ko nta ukigura. Keretse amavaze iyo hari abantu babisabye.
– Kandi ubwo muba mwavunitse…
– Gusa se? Hari izipfuba, izimeneka… kuzotsa bisaba umwanya n’ubushishozi. Iyo ubumbye ukibagirirwamo akatsi inkono irameneka ugahomba.
– Kariya keru musiga inyuma ni irangi?
– Ni ingwa. Ni igitaka cy’igitare tuvana hepfo iyo mu gishanga.
– Nuko muba abasigajwinyumanamateka. Uretse ko bigaragara, ubundi iyo nyito uyumva ute?
– Byaranshobeye! Nibaza nti ese ni uko turi bake? Nuko nta bwenge se? Uretse ko atari iby’ubu. Kuva na kera iyo habaga ibirori abatwa twaheraga hanze kure y’amarembo iyo tukinjira ari uko baduhamagaye ngo tuze kubyina no kuririmba.
– Urabizi byombi?
– Ubu narashaje ariko kera nari mbizi.
– Imbyino z’ubu uzibona ute?
– Barabivangavanze. Hari igihe numva uko baririmba n’uko babyina nkisekera. Ni imbyino n’indirimbo tuba twarahimbye kera bakaziyitirira bakanabikora nabi.
– Muracyatarama se?
– Yego rwose iyo twaguwe neza ducinya akadiho.
– Kuba babitaga abasangwabutaka byo byaje bite?
– Mbese ngo kera umutwa yatemaga ishyamba cyangwa igihuru agatura bwacya akimukira ahandi bityo bityo. Hari n’imvugo ya kera bavugaga ngo “Gatwa atema ishyamba, gahutu akahahinga, Gatutsi akonesha.”
– Warabyiyumviye?
– Yego
– Ko numva se ngo ahabaga abatutsi bakomeye ntihaburaga abatwa.
– Nibyo. Abatwa bari bazi gutarama no gukina igisoro. Nuko bakicara bakabuguza n’abatutsi bagaterana ubuse ntihagire urakara.
– Hari urwenya rwinshi ku batwa. Ibyo urabizi? Ubona ari ku yihe mpamvu?
– Ni ukutubonerana. Ubona tutari abantu nk’abandi se?
– Cyangwa nuko muri bagufi?
– Ni ibyo.
– Hari ukuntu iyo abantu bigana abatwa basa nkabagoreka ikinyarwanda. Ni byo se mugira uburyo muvuga?
– None se hari aho wumvise nica ururimi? Ibyo ni nka kwa kundi mushobora kuba muri benshi hakavamo umwe urandaga wenda bagahita babitirira bose. Ni nkuko twaseka uko abahutu bamwe bavuga.
– Hari n’ibindi numva ngo muvura umugongo…
– Ibyo ni iby’abatwononera abana baba bashaka kudutesha isaro. Umugongo se abagabo bacu ntibawurwara? Hari umuti aguha se? Ni mubiri-na-mubiri nta kindi baba bavuga.
– Iyo umuntu bamwise umutwa usanga ari nk’igisebo. Iyo muri hanze abantu ntibbaavuga ?
– Ubu urasokoza, ukisiga, ukambara agakweto, haba ikirori nawe ugaseruka usa neza nta guhezwa. Abavuga ntibabura ariko babikora bongorerana.
– Ese usanga ari iyihe mpamvu umuryango w’avarwa utari mugari?
– Bakomeje kutwicisha uburozi. Bagaha umwana akajumba bugacya byarangiye. Umugabo yasogongera ku kayoga ahantu nawe agapfa bityo bityo.
– Impamvu ni iyihe?
– Simbizi.
– Ufite abana?
– Yego ndetse n’avuzukuruza.
– Abana bariga?
– Yego rwose. Dufite mitweli, Kagame yaduhaye inka ubu natwe turi abatunzi.
– Ubona umuryango wanyu nk’abatwa uzaba ukiriho mu myaka nka 50 cyangwa 100?
– Sinamenya iby’ejo mwana wa.

– Nta kuntu mwanshyiriraho se nk’akaririmbo nkereba uko mucinya akadiho? Ndagura!

Njunga

Bweramvura bwa Kinihira, Amajyepfo

njunga

– 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 – after the ‘Expericment’

Published on December 04, 2016 by Moses Opobo for the New Times

I was already familiar with Opobo’s work, which he shared on his Facebook page and we even got deeper after a few arguments related to how I view the work of entertainment journalists in Rwanda. He is absolutely right when he says;

The slam poet, rapper and blogger has cultivated another parallel reputation over the years – ranting. So much so that, day in, day out, he has to contend with the frequent question: “Eric, why do you like to criticize?”

When he asked me to meet him so we could discuss about my work, I said to myself, “I hope he did his research.” Indeed he did and we had a good couple of hours delving into the #Expericment series.

Basically it was testing the waters to see what business model could work out, and 1Key stretched his imagination and creativity to the limit. In all, he did four Expericment shows staged at different venues in Kigali, each with a different theme and concept; from politics to sex to identity.

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Thank you, Mr. Opobo for your interest in my work, and rants 🙂

All the best!

Celebrities Show with Eric 1Key

Published on Nov 1st, 2016 by the Celebrity Show for Royal TV

Usually my interviews are in English with some exceptions in French. Loukman Nzeyimana, a TV moderator, thought it would be a good idea to share the little I know with the mass that does not speak English or French. And he was totally right. So here is me in Kinyarwanda for 22 minutes.

Entre 2 album review by Ceri Whatley

Ceri Whatley

Ceri Whatley is a PhD candidate in African Studies and Anthropology at the University of Birmingham, UK. Since 2007, she has lived, worked and travelled in 15 African countries and has conducted prior research on isicathamiya music in South Africa (which won her the Fage undergraduate of the year award). Ceri was first introduced to beautiful Rwanda in 2010, when she worked for non-profit organisation One Laptop per Child (OLPC). Marrying together her interest in education and the arts, Ceri spent a second year in Kigali teaching art and music to primary school children.

Ceri’s PhD research explores “musical traffic” – both physical and digital – between Kigali, Rwanda and Kampala, Uganda, with a focus on Afro Beat, R&B, Dancehall, Hip Hop and Spoken Word. She is particularly interested in processes of music making, and in the construction of new Rwandan identities, post-1994 genocide.  

Ceri recently conducted over 12 months of ethnographic research in Rwanda and Uganda. She was based in Rwanda, but traveled with recording artists as they moved between Kigali and Kampala in order to trace and map out complex networks, exchanges and strategies for success.

Ceri became actively involved in Rwanda’s growing music scene. When she wasn’t spending her time at recording studios, she was accompanying recording artists to performances (where she was sometimes asked to MC) and to video shoots, in which she participated. While living in Kigali, Ceri undertook Kinyarwanda language training. With the help of her teacher and her friends, she was able to translate 70 selected songs. She conducted 40 in-depth interviews with Rwandan and Ugandan recording artists, audio and video producers, dancers, studio managers, music promoters, journalists, and radio/TV presenters.

After completing her fieldwork, Ceri spent a month in Belgium as an international visiting scholar. Back in Birmingham, she taught Introduction to African Culture, a first year undergraduate course. She delivered lectures on African literature, art and music, and facilitated core debates about representations of Africa.

While conducting her research, Ceri was extremely impressed by the relentless hard work of the artists she befriended. She was so inspired by Eric 1Key’s poetry that she has resumed her childhood hobby of writing poetry and songs.  While growing up, Ceri was trained in classical piano and the oboe, and in ballet, tap and modern dance.

Ceri is currently writing her thesis in the English countryside (Devon), where she is pleased to be surrounded by green hills and cows, reminding her every day of Rwanda! She looks forward to returning to her “second home” as soon as possible, and plans to continue sharing her work.

Ceri is working with Professor Karin Barber and Dr Katrien Pype, both leading experts in African popular culture. She is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC-M3C) and can be contacted on cnwhatley@gmail.com or: cnw604@bham.ac.uk.