Bumuntu- a rising afro-soul musician to keep a watch on

Sunday November 12 2017

Afro-soul and R&B musician Andy Bumuntu

Afro-soul and R&B musician Andy Bumuntu. He was the main Rwandan act at the recent Kigali Jazz Junction, which took place at Kigali Serena hotel. PHOTO | ANDREW I KAZIBWE 

By ANDREW I KAZIBWE
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Andy Bumuntu, is an Afro-soul and R&B musician who has gradually gained prominence following the release of Ndashaje.

The song hit airwaves last year, and still tops most local radio charts. It is also frequently requested in most radio and television stations countrywide.

His recent stage performance, at the Kigali Jazz Junction, which took place on November 3, at Kigali Serena hotel, is credited as his biggest performance as he was the main Rwandan act.

The guitarist, dancer and songwriter, has also graced the first edition of Blankets and WineKigali held this year.

His genre is Afro-soul and blues, yet the soft-spoken artiste also has a captivating stage presence. His songs are a fusion of Kinyarwanda, French and English.

Bumuntu said he is inspired by great African acts like Ismael Lo, a legendary Senegalese musician. He prefers to perform cover songs and his own compositions live.

Despite only having released a few songs, Bumuntu is steadily attracting a bigger fan base due to his unique talent.

Although he started performing song covers by various African and global artistes at the early age of 15, it wasn’t until 2016 when he recorded and released his first song Ndashaje.

“The feedback I’ve been receiving since the release of my song is encouraging,” Bumuntu said.

In Ndashaje, which falls in the Afro tradition and folk genre, the artiste sings as an elder advising his young child on how to face the world.

Bumuntu, who has only released four songs, said he is in no rush when it comes to making new music as he believes in taking his time to compose a song.

“I believe in taking time to prepare a song, so that when it’s out, it is worth it,” he said.