IMPALA Orchestra Orchester IMPALA is a group of singers and musicians born around the year 1975, which started as Vox Pop with seven members namely Mimi La Rose, Sebanani Andre, Soso Mado, Kaliwanjenje, Rubangura Francois, Gasigwa Abdoul Latif known as Tubi Lando together and Sam Jean Berchmans It was very popular because they changed the music that was popular in Rwanda, because there is already a quiet music. IMPALA had many good times because it became popular in Rwanda and outside of it because it participated in concerts and outside of Rwanda, and even managed to put more than 70 songs in those times when it was difficult to make songs, only the members of Impala came to quarrel and separated between I 1988 and 1989. Before Impala broke up, Semu Jean Berchmans died of illness, Soso Mado also died after the breakup of Impala, the others who were left faced different problems because they were considered to be bad people, which resulted in the death of the late Sebanani Andre in the genocide. In April 1994, the Tutsis, including Mimi La Rose, fled to different countries and since then Impala seems to have disappeared only in Nzeli 2012, they were resurrected under the leadership of Mimi La Rose and Munyanshoza Dieudonne.
Ben Ngabo Ben Ngabo, known as Kipeti and considered one of the balancers in the development of Inganzo, was born in Gahini in 1963. He is considered one of the greatest musicians in Nyarwanda due to his skillful writing, singing and playing. Ben Ngabo has been in bands such as Melodica Band i Butare, Orchester Nyampinga, Malaika (circa 1980s) Inono Stars and Ingeli. He became famous for songs such as "Ingendo y'abeza", "Ryangombe", "Nyirabisabo", "Umugenzi" and "Grandfather" which are in Kinyarwanda style and accompanied by guitar. Kuri teaches music at Nyundo music school where he shares knowledge and Rwandan traditions with students.
Annonciata Mutamuriza known as was was born on March 25,1954 to Léandre Rusingizandekwe and Bernadette Mukarushema. She was the last born in a family of seven. Her stage name Kamaliza derives from one of her songs Kamaliza.
She fled, with her family, the 1959 massacres against the Tutsi and lived in Burundi where she studied primary school.
In 1968, Kamaliza was sent to former Zaire to live with her aunt. She studied secondary school in Lubumbashi where she started her musical career, singing in Catholic Church choirs.
She subsequently went back to Burundi where she worked in the Ministry of Finance, a job she left after a few months. Kamaliza turned her focus to music and proved to be talented when she won a music competition in 1982.
In 1990, Kamaliza left Burundi, took her two guitars with her and joined the Rwandan Patriotic Army in the liberation war.
Kamaliza never got married but raised many orphans.