Rwandan singer and guitarist Ezra Kwizera, based in Canada, received the Best Canadian Afro Beat Artiste prize at the recently concluded African Descent Festival, representing modern East and Central Africa.
The festival was designed to celebrate the cultural diversity of individuals of African descent in Vancouver while recognizing and encouraging attitudes of unity among all ethnic groups and communities. The event concentrated on activating government spaces and bringing a variety of programming to connect stakeholders working avidly for this population’s long-term sustainability.
The African Descent Festival, also known as ADF, is aimed at cultural organizations, young adults of African descent and the general public around the lower continent, Fraser Valley, British Columbia and Canada as a whole.
The record producer-cum-actor, is known for his gospel and country music songs, among which include, “Bwana, Humura, Just Hold On and Igwe.’’
Kwizera’s music holds the spark of life along with people’s complicated undertones. Having a richly multi- ethnic performance style, the singer sings fluidly in English, Kinyarwanda, Luganda, Zulu, and Swahili, infusing flavors of reggae, soca, East African bongo, and pop in his songs.
Born and raised in Uganda in 1980, Kwizera and his family returned to his motherland — Rwanda in 1994, shortly after the Tutsi Genocide, before relocating to Canada, where he is the president of the Rwandan community
Through his locally based studio, Narrow Road Production, managed by Pastor P, he has contributed to the local music scene and endorsed a number of upcoming Rwandan artists to realize their dream of making it into the music industry.
In an interview with reporters, he said he was honored and still in shock for winning the prize with African descent for the best African Afro Beat artist
‘’I am still in shock for having received this award, because I didn’t compete with only East African artistes, but with the entire Africa, and it is such a huge achievement for me,’’ he said.
Kwizera has been on a music tour in Belgium, Franca, and intends to return to Rwanda for a performance and celebrate his accomplishment with Rwandans. He also intends to begin projects in the nation, which will include an NGO to help poor individuals.