Miss Shanel plans her return with new song

Sunday February 4 2018

Shanel Nirere, also known as Miss Shanel,

Shanel Nirere, also known as Miss Shanel, performs with her band. PHOTO | COURTESY 

By ANDREW I KAZIBWE
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France-based afro R&B and folk musician Shannel Nirere popularly known as Miss Shanel plans to revive her music career after a long hiatus.

Her song titled Inkera has been playing recently in most radio stations.

Miss Shanel co-wrote the song with the late Minani Rwema, but features new vocals and live instruments. It is off her debut album Ndarota, which was released in 2008. The song seeks to remind Rwandans about who they are and what unites them.

Miss Shanel made a name for herself through singles Ndarota, Ubufundo and through collaborations with Uganda’s Meshach Ssemakula and Kenya’s Wyre.

Music break

She first took a break from the music scene in in 2012, when she left to pursue a 12-month course in vocal training at Centre d’tudes Superieures Musique et Danse de Poitou-Charentes, a conservatoire Music school in France.

She got married shortly after completing her studies in France, which changed her priorities. “After becoming a wife and a mother, it has become harder to go out and perform in concerts or other cultural events as often as I would like because I have to take care of my two daughters,” she said.

In 2013, Miss Shanel met Maxi