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 

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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.

Andy Bumuntu performed live together with the

Andy Bumuntu performed live together with the Neptunez Band at the Kigali Jazz Junction. PHOTO | ANDREW I KAZIBWE

The musician is currently signed to The Sound, a Rwandan music production house, with Bob Pro as his producer. He is at the studio working on his first album.

This album, slated for release next year, will have eight songs such as Mukadata, Ndashaje and Mine.
Bumuntu was enrolled in an Electrical Engineering Course at university and was in in his second year when he decided to leave to concentrate on his music career.

“I am thinking of enrolling in a course that will help grow my music career,” he said.
Bumuntu said he is focused on creating a unique identity for himself as an artiste.