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biography

 

Born in Kenya to Rwandan parents, Teta started her music career in Rwanda, 2013. She has performed at well known African music festivals such as FESPAM-2013, Kigali up-2015 and the Next Einstein Forum-2015. She sings and composes songs that blend Rwandan traditions with mainstream music.

Traditional music is closely tied to the Rwandan identity. Teta has loved it from a very early age, and today, it is her way of contributing toward preserving her roots and Rwandan history. Her music carries a message of love, hope, togetherness and self acceptance. It reflects Rwandan culture and today’s society. “Music played and continues to play a part in where Rwanda stands today.” Teta says.

In 2013, she joined the Art for Peace Association that aimed at creating a safe space for Rwandan youth to speak about their experience, reflect on Rwandan history and forge a sense of belonging in the renewed Rwanda in a creative and celebratory way. This program succeeded to reach various young people in all 30 districts of Rwanda. Art for Peace gave birth to the now known “Ndi Umunyarwanda initiative”.

Her singing career started booming when she joined Gakondo band known for their Friday concerts “igitaramo” at Hotel Des Milles Collines in Kigali. She then pursued a solo career which allowed her to perform in different cultural events around the world (USA, Mexico, Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands, Senegal, Kenya, DRC, Rwanda...) 

 In 2014, Teta toured her country as one among the top 10 Rwandan singers and a year later, she received the Young Rwandan Achiever Award from the first lady Mme Jeanette Kagame, for promoting Rwandan culture using music as a cultural education tool locally and in the diaspora.

In September 2016, she participated in the Music Action Lab residency that took place in San Fransisco, a project she confirms to have been one of the most inspiring through her journey after meeting and collaborating with various musicians that had come from around the world aiming at creating social impact.

Teta has spent the recent years producing, traveling, learning and collaborating with musicians from different countries to improve her music fusions, creating space for cultural exchange. “I am glad that music is a language I can speak, I realise there’s a lot to tell and to be told in the process of growing musically.” Teta concludes.