Gakondo Group To Honor Sentore
In company with seventeen other musicians in live concert, Gakondo Group will honor the passing away of SENTORE Athanase, a renowned traditional musician, who died on 21st March 2013 in a Mumbai hospital, India while undergoing treatment. The concert which shall take place at Ishyo Arts Centre on Wednesday 3rd 2013, will be one of its kind, as it is meant not only to commemorate the legacy of SENTORE, but it will also look to remind the young generation of the importance of the rich Rwandan culture.
The GAKONDO group headed by renowned traditional musician and son to the late SENTORE Athanase, INTORE Massamba, is the most prolific guardian of Rwanda’s musical world heritage. Consisting of eight musicians, for this concert GAKONDO has invited another nine: Jules Sentore, Daniel Ngarukiye, Sofie Nzayisenga, Michel Ngabo, Emmanuel Habumuremyi, Lionel Mulinda, Abédé, Didier, Tamfum, Massamba Intore, Pamela, Ange, Claude, Nyamaswa, Teta, Maria Yohani, and Jean-Paul Samputu. “We are not Americans, we are not South Africans, we want to conserve our own culture”, Massamba says. “We encourage the young generation to play our traditional instruments like inanga, ikembe, umuduri, umwirongi, ingoma, iningiri and ikondera…!”
The musical journey will start in the North with the Ikinimba from Byumba, Inanga z’urukiga and Ikinyemera from Ruhengeri/Gisenyi, followed by the “poésie pastorale” and “poésie guerrière”, the Igishakamba from Mutara, music and dances from the royal court, Intwatwa from the Batwa, not forgetting the ku Nkombo music (Cyangugu region) and a great variety of ritual music. As Daniel Ngarukiye put it: “The old music of my country reminds me of who I am.”