Since its inception in 2012, the show has been staged at different locations towards the end of March. Last year it was held at Hotel des Mille Collines, while in 2015 the event went out of town, at Masaka Farm. In 2014, the 1st ever Inganzo Ya Kayirebwa was held at the AHAVA RIVER in Kicukiro.
For a musician that is considered a custodian of Rwandan folk music and traditional values, Kayirebwa’s event is more than just music and a quick buck to be made from it. It’s about remembrance, healing and hope – a powerful symbol of transition to the commemoration period for the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
The event format is divided in multi parts: a multi media part with screening of rare and never seen contents, a musical performance by Kayirebwa, a transmission element as younger talents step on stage to interpret one of her songs and one original composition, and an interactive part as the singer shares stories, anecdotes and breakdown songs meaning as well as answer questions from the general public.
SOUND LIKE A VERY INTIMATE EXPERIENCE. WHERE WILL INGANZO YA KAYIREBWA 2017 BE TAKING PLACE?
HOW MUCH IS IT AND WHERE CAN I PURCHASE MY TICKETS?
IT IS ALSO A FUND RAISER, WHO IS AND WHAT DOES CEKA I RWANDA DO?
The not for profit organisation aims to preserve and archive the cultural heritage of Rwanda through music, dance and poetry. An important work to be done as the new generation is increasingly influenced by global culture to the detriment of their own heritage and identity.
During the event at Marriott Hotel, Kayirebwa will be releasing three retrospective albums of songs she has arranged and sung to celebrate legendary Rwandan folk musicians, most of whom have since died. For this project, she partnered with producers from Rwanda.
The triple CD release pays tribute to the work of singer-composers Celestin Rwirangira, Ladislas Twahirwa and also an album called Inwatwa, which is folk music performed by Batwa women still living in Kigali today.
There is a lot of very urgent artistic and academic work to be done for the preservation of Rwandan traditional culture such as the collection of data & knowledge, the transcript and translation of classic folk songs & pastoral poetry, the archiving, the restauration and digitization of old recordings as well as doing new recordings as professionally as possible etc... Also desire and ambition to create cultural spaces to learn, practice and perform regularly is a very urgent aspect of CEKA I RWANDA's work. Read more here
INDEED THIS IS A MAMMOTH YET IMPORTANT WORK. IT SEEMS LIKE A TIMELY REMINDER AS AS RWANDA ENTER INTO THE REMEMBRANCE PERIOD?
Yes, it is an opportunity for remembrance, healing and hope through culture, music and dance – a powerful and symbolic vehicle of transition towards the commemoration period for the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
Watch UBUTUMWA (The Message) - A powerful and emotional remembrance song composed 15 years ago by Mrs Kayirebwa. The song was held preciously for many years and only performed during the Icynamo period at many events organised by the Rwandan diaspora across Europe and America since. In 2014, she finally decided to recorded it and shoot a video to mark the 20th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide Against The Tutsi of Rwanda.
Ni ishyirahamwe ridakurikirana inyungu (ASBL) ryashinzwe
na Cécile Kayirebwa; akaba umuririmbyi, umuhimbyi, n'umwanditsi w'indirimbo
z'ikinyarwanda, mu kinyarwanda, mu majwi no mu njyana bya kinyarwanda.
Kayirebwa yashinze iri shyirahamwe muri 1996 mu Bubirigi.
Kera abahimbyi n'abaririmbyi n'abasizi n'abahamirizi
bagiraga igihe bahabwaga n'ubutegetsi bw'icyo gihe bakajya mu
"nganzo" kwiherera kugirango bafate umwanya wo gutekereza no guhimba
nta kibahungabanya. Bakagemwurirwa, bagafatwa neza, igihe cyazagera bakanabihemberwa.
Wari umurimo w'UBWENGE ugenewe kibika umuco wacu mu bwenge nokuwukwiza.
CéKa i Rwanda
Yishakamo ibyo izi yahawe n'ababyeyi n'abakuru mu bwana. Yegera abahanga
b'ubumenyi ubwa ari bwo bwose. Ishakashaka intore, ababyinyi n'abaririmbyi,
bakigira ibintu hamwe, bakabitunganya mu majwi no mu byuma bifata amjwi
n'amashusho. Bityo ikabika mu ma CD no mu ma video no mu nyandiko.
Iyo mirimo yose ya "CéKa i Rwanda" ikomeza umuco ikigisha
abato n'abakuru, no mu mashuri yakwigisha abana, umuco ntuzacike kandi
ntuzanduzwe n'ibiva mu yandi mahanga, ahubwo ikabikoresha ihitamo ibyiza byaho.
CéKa i Rwanda irakangurira umunyarwanda uwo ari we wese kwiyumvamo icyo
gikorwa agahagurukira gufasha iri shyirahamwe gukora uwo murimo
Bank Transfer: ACCOUNT: BE22 2100 5822 8647 // BIC: GEBABEBB
Ceka I Rwanda is a non-profit (non-profit) organization founded by iconic Rwandan traditional music artist Cécile Kayirebwa. Founded in Belgium in 1996, the organization aims to protect, preserve and transmit the rich Rwandan cultural heritage and its expression through music, poetry and dance in order to keep it alive.
Why should traditional Rwandan
culture be preserved?
In Rwanda, it is not only globalization and modernity that play a role in
endangering its cultural heritage, but also Rwandan history, from colonialism
to war and genocide. When a nation loses its culture, it is like losing its
sense of unity and sense of self as the famous historian Alexis Kagame wrote in
"A nation without intellectuals is a nation without a soul, a
nation without guardians of traditions is a nation without personality of its own".
How does Ceka I Rwanda address
Ceka I Rwanda aims to collect cultural data from elders and traditional
knowledge holders to collect and preserve traditional Rwandan music and poetry
as well as dance. The intention is to work with seniors, historical knowledge
holders, and other gifted people like musicians, composers and storytellers in
the mission of preserving Rwandan culture now - for the future.
What are the benefits for the
Thanks to the work of Ceka I Rwanda, the traditional cultural treasures of
Rwanda will be kept alive, digitized and adapted for consumption in the new
digital era. This will benefit all Rwandans who have access to it, this work
promotes understanding and is also an opportunity to connect with their own
traditional cultural past and use that as cultural capital in the future. It
would also be a valuable material for research, history and education on
Rwandan culture for Africans and the rest of the world. Moreover, it will
benefit Rwandan understanding as a unified nation built on the basis of a deep and
rich cultural heritage that is beyond our imagination.
How to help make a
Today, no Rwandan organization is working intentionally
to preserve Rwandan traditional culture, especially with regard to music and it
is essential for our society to gather and unite their efforts to this end
today. The tangible commitment of Rwandan society will help ensure that the
vision and mission of Ceka I Rwanda are implemented and the Rwandan culture is
kept alive. You can also help by signing up and following our upcoming crowd funding