Neighborhood kiddos dancing to Mumutashye by Dream Boys

21 Feb

Hey friends out there in blog land! Seems like I’ve fallen off the Earth, but als I’m still here. The holidays, the months before, as well was those after have been a blur of mostly goodness. Add to that a crummy internet connection and that seems as good a reason as any my lack of blog posts.

Trust me, there’s plenty afoot and I’m going to do my best to catch you all up on it.

In the meantime, here’s a fun little video I made last month. I came home from a run and the kids started playing with my sunglasses. It was astonishing the way they adopted the ‘swagger’ we see Rwandan pop stars exhibit in music videos. I say ‘we’ but considering that I’m the only one in my neighborhood who has a computer and electricity has yet to arrive anywhere in the village, I’m probably the only one who has seen videos with any frequency.


Ifirimbi Yanyuma

9 Dec

I try in as many ways as possible to share bits of popular culture here in Rwanda with friends back home. This song came out this year and someone ended up in my possession. What I like most about the song is that I knew it was a love song before I understood any of the words because of the music and the way Kamichi sings. Gotta love that!

The title translates as ‘the last whistle’. Ifirimbi yanyuma y’ubuzima translates to ‘the last whistle of life’ and the song is about how Kamichi is going to love his girl for all of time. I haven’t seen a copy of the song lyrics or had someone break it down for me. My explanation is just from what I’ve been able to understand, so pardon any misinformation.

As mentioned, the song is about loving someone until ‘the last whistle of life’ then I’m pretty sure he sings about being together in heaven where life is easy and the rain doesn’t fall and there’s always sun. Along with some other stuff.

In the US we say things like ‘until my dying day’ or ‘last breath’ as a measure of our eternal love for someone. In an attempt to understand the significance of the last whistle I asked a friend about it and while he wasn’t super familiar with the song he said compared it to a futbol match. Hahaha. Which is entirely possible. I’m going to do some more asking around.

Also, from my understanding the video is not thematically connected to the song. Which seems to be common in a lot the the Rwandan music videos I’ve seen.