The Rwandan track scene helps to keep churning out initiatives that resonate throughout the East African area, the continent, and the whole global, and 2022 used to be now not other for the thriving track scene which noticed Rwandan artistes headlining at giant live shows in the neighborhood and across the world, in addition to liberating initiatives that had impactful alternate on the international track business.

Based on gigs, efficiency rate, giant initiatives launched in the ultimate twelve months and on-line streams, The New Times appears at some of the artistes that stayed on most sensible of the recreation in 2022.

Ariel Wayz

After parting tactics with Symphony Band, no person knew that Ariel Wayz, a tender feminine vocalist from Nyundo School of artwork and track, may keep at the most sensible of the recreation as a solo artist. Surprisingly, the 22 yr previous musician ensured her step forward after going solo with the unencumber of some of her perfect initiatives which can be ranked amongst the perfect of 2022 in Rwanda’s track business.

The yr started after handiest two weeks since Ariel launched her debut prolonged play (EP) ‘Love and Lust’ and ‘Way’ that includes Juno Kizigenza which received multiple million streams on other platforms in its first week of unencumber, making Ariel tactics one of the perfect feminine artistes of 2021.

The two initiatives have been adopted through her maximum viral unmarried tracks of the yr reminiscent of ‘Good Luck’ produced through Santana and ‘Demo’, a drill music that featured some of the perfect upcoming drillers in the nation together with Bruce The 1st, Kivumbi King, Soldier amongst others.

Ariel Wayz’s spotlight of the yr is the unencumber of her 2nd EP ‘Touch the Sky’ which premiered on September 9 and controlled to stick at the most sensible of the charts up-to-the-minute.

The Ep holds robust tracks like ‘Bad‘, an afro-fusion jam produced through Santana, ‘You Should Know’ produced through Ayo Rash, Mpaka and plenty of others.

2022 additionally noticed her functioning at some of the largest live shows staged in Rwanda together with the Drip City match, Youth Connect amongst many others.

Chris Eazy

Chris Eazy spent the previous couple of years trudging the laborious trail of rap superstardom, sharing freestyles and blaring rap singles, till June 2021 when he switched issues up with “Fasta”, a raunchy pop tune that gained well-liked consideration. It signaled a brand new generation, and prior to lengthy, he scored a damage hit with “Amashu”.

This yr, Chriss Eazy dropped his largest tune but, “Inana“, that got here with a vibrant video and an accompanying set of dance strikes that may assist its virality. The unmarried solidified his rep as a hit-maker, hanging the 21-year previous singer on the trail of sustained good fortune.

The artiste has been on the highway since the unencumber of Inana, appearing in other corners of Rwanda in addition to out of doors the nation. Chris may be a fashionista who owns a manner area dubbed ‘Umuana’.

2022 additionally noticed Eazi ranked through The Native Mag as the 5th in most sensible six perfect new artistes in Africa who’re choosing up well-liked consideration. His new unencumber Basi Sori is amongst the maximum trending Rwandan songs globally with a dance problem making rounds on TikTookay.

Aline Sano

There is certainly that the Afropop Singer Aline Shengero Sano, perfect referred to as Alyn Sano, is amongst the perfect Rwandan artistes of 2022 after blessing track fanatics with never-ending bangers which can be nonetheless topping native charts.

The yr of 2022 noticed the famend feminine artiste who may be a karaoke singer unencumber again to again bangers together with ‘Say Less’ that includes Fik Fameika of Uganda, ‘Fake Gee’, and ‘(*10*)’ which remains to be at the most sensible of charts amongst others.

Sano additionally received the Best Female Artist award at the Kiss Summer Awards 2022 for the first time.


For Christopher Muneza who’s popularly referred to as Christopher AKA Topher, 2022 used to be a yr to stay plotting his comeback in the track business and the zouk celebrity certainly did.

The as soon as Kina Music document label member, who’s now beneath his control, began 2022 in taste with the unencumber of ‘Nibido’, a zouk-kompa music produced through Element that made vital rounds in the track scene.

‘Nibido’ used to be adopted through ‘Hashtag‘ which is amongst the maximum trending songs in Rwanda now with on the subject of 3 million streams on other platforms. 2022 additionally noticed Christopher functioning at giant live shows in Rwanda like Kigali Fiesta with well-known Joeboy and Tayc display amongst others.

Christopher additionally proved in 2022 to be the perfect are living performer in Rwanda after exciting track fanatics with a bunch of are living performances with the Target band that took the native track business through hurricane.

Ish Kevin

Like 2020 or 2021, this yr used to be no other for the thriving musical adventure of the youngest driller and one of the perfect lyricists in Rwanda, Ish Kevin.

The younger rapper began 2022 teasing his fanatics with the unencumber of ‘My Year’ which used to be the first tune on the music checklist of his well-known Trappish mixtape 2 to drop.

Ish Kevin later in March dropped the complete venture “Trappish2”, a seven-track mixtape that includes a quantity of well known musicians, each in the neighborhood and across the world together with Ycee of Nigeria.

After taking a brief smash, he returned with a brand new prolonged play (EP) dubbed ‘Long Way Up’ and the new EP has stayed at the most sensible of native charts because it premiered on December 15.

Ish Kevin’s lyricism has been recognised throughout the continent with a nomination in the Senegalese-based Galsen Hip Hop Awards amongst others. He has additionally carried out in giant live shows in the neighborhood together with the all-star recreation, Drip City live performance, Trappish 2 amongst others.

Kenny Sol

Kenny Sol, actual title Nobert Rusangawana, is one of the perfect speedy emerging artiste in Rwanda who’s taking the Rwandan sound to the global scene.

The former member of Yemba Voice has been at the most sensible of the recreation ever since he parted tactics with Igitangaza of Bruce Melodie and located a brand new control line.

This yr, he gave the impression in common songs reminiscent of ‘Quality‘ that includes Double Jay from Burundi, ‘Telimometa’ with DJ Phil Peter, ‘Joli’ Remix with Peruzzi from Nigeria and plenty of others which can be nonetheless performed in pubs and golf equipment of Kigali.

At the finish of this yr, the artist used to be invited to Europe the place he’s going to carry out for the first time in January. Kenny Sol is the winner of the Best Artist Award at the Kiss Summer Awards 2022.


Bwiza’s take over in the Rwandan track business emerged in 2022 after becoming a member of Kikac Music thru the Next Diva Indi Imbuto contest, and she or he is already on the map of artists who’ve captured the hearts of many Rwandan track fanatics.

The 23-year previous woman began making headlines after losing ‘Ready‘ on April 19, and ever since then, she remains to be dominating native charts and liberating hits after hits.

Bwiza is one of the artistes who competed for primary awards in Rwanda together with two nominations from IMA 2022 (Isango and Muzika Awards), and she or he used to be additionally amongst the contestants for the Kiss Summer Awards the place she used to be nominated in two classes.

Nel Ngabo

You can’t omit Nelson Rwangabo Byusa perfect referred to as Nel Ngabo, amongst artistes who shined in 2022 given the proven fact that he had a a hit excursion in Canada this yr.