Join music schools, artists urged

Amb. Joseph Habineza in the studios of KT Radio

Amb. Joseph Habineza in the studios of KT Radio

The minister of sports and culture, Amb Joseph Habineza advised local musicians to take their careers to another step by attending music schools.

Habineza explained that the government started the only music school Ecole d’Arts de Nyundo but surprisingly established musicians never bother to step in to acquire basic music lessons despite being criticized for producing low quality music.

While appearing on KT Radio 96.7 recently, the minister of sports and culture urged musicians to join music schools in order to improve on their skills and be able to compete with the rest of the world.

“I have hope in these young people studying music at Nyundo and I urge these established artistes to join them and spice up their music skills with basic knowledge because they still produce poor quality songs despite being famous,” says Amb Joseph Habineza.

He noted that the government initiated this school to improve music standards in the industry characterized by artists’ majority of whom have very minimal or no formal training at all.

The Nyundo School of Art and music commenced in March this year, with an intake of twenty nine students. The overall objective of the school is to create professional musicians who will impact all aspects of the Rwandan music industry positively.

The school is located in Nyundo western province and offers 26 modules including vocals, instruments (drums, piano, guitar, wind instruments, percussion and local instruments), music theory, production and entrepreneurship, languages, music history.

The music school has renowned music instructors like American born Joey Blake and Rwandan-Canadian singer Mighty Popo who acts as the principle of the school.

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