It was a night of Afrojazz sounds at the Kigali Serena Hotel as the Kigali Jazz Junction made a return after a two month break featuring Nigerian musician Waje and Rwandan folk music icon, Jean Marie Muyango.
This month’s edition which paired Muyango with Waje, who was performing in Rwanda for the first time was very exciting.
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In the end, it was a great combo that brought together the best of Rwandan folk music and Nigerian pop.
Previously based in Belgium, Muyango returned home a couple of years ago for national duty, and is currently tasked with training and mentoring the National Ballet, Urukerereza.
Muyango was the first to assume the stage after some curtain-raising by the resident band, Neptunez. The traditional singer and legend sung almost all his songs which connected with the audience.
Traditional dancers came on stage during the time of Muyango
After Muyango, it was time for Waje to showcase the “strength and power” in her vocals like she had promised in the press conference a day earlier.
She kicked off her performance with the song that started it all; the 2008 P-Square mega hit, Do Me, on which Waje is featured.
She went ahead to sing her more recent releases, most of which are collaborations with continental stars like Diamond Platnumz, Patoranking, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade and Timaya.
Clad in a brown dress with long slit, Waje managed to woo the audience with her powerful vocals. The show ended at half past midnight.
Waje, real name Aituaje Iruobe was born on September 1, in Akure, Ondo State in Nigeria then moved to Benin City, Edo State and was raised by her parents. She is the first child and first daughter in her family.
Her name Waje is an acronym for "Words Aren’t Just Enough". Her vocal range covers three octaves. She participated in the remake of P-Square’s "Omoge Mi" and featured as the female voice in the duo’s 2008 hit track “Do Me".
In 2016, she was one of the four judges in the inaugural season of The Voice Nigeria.