Cathedral of Sounds is a unique presentation, for its diversity and unification of artistry, who for a sole cause send forth a message of meditation, through diverse vocal cords.
Initiated in February this 2015, this presentation, which had a public premiere at Gorillas Golf Hotel, Nyarutarama in Kigali on 11th November the same year is one of the Arts of Memory, a project initiated and coordinated by Ishyo Arts Center in collaboration with Groupov (Belgium), Rwanda Professional Dreamers and Kemit asbl (Rwanda), with supports by the European Union through Investing in People, its a program whose main objective is to support and encourage the preservation of memory of the 1994 Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi, but through the contribution of culture, enhancing the central role of promotion of peaceful coexistence in Rwanda.
The Presentation ;
With no stage, this presentation is a collaborative project, which also incorporates the entire audience into the activity. The audience which is an inter-mix of artistes and the people who take their seats facing any direction, freely but in a quiet ambience. A melodious presentation takes toll, of voices of the artistes, who inter-changeably take turns, as in sorrow, low mellow voice tones take the listener into deep meditation. With voices of questions, wonder, anxiety, wary that one or the other goes through. Like a wave, the vocal sounds take rhythmically a low to high tone reflecting and in line with life before, through and after the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Melodies which are brought together by Maria Yohani, Mani Martin, Parick Nyamitari, Daniel Ngarukiye, Peace Jolis, Michael Sengazi, Mike Kayihura, Weya Viatora, Natacha Muzira, Herve Twahirwa, Pamera Uwera, Nikita Iradukunda, Patrick Manishimwe, Ruth Niryampfumukoyi and Julienne Gashugi like no other are a mix of rhythm which spark emotions, yet take the mind to sail through a thought of meditation
“I had never imagined bringing such a big number of talented artists to take part in such a project, so difficult since it tackles Rwanda’s history, majorly on sorrow, pain, but they have been so generous and devoted too share and express all the emotions with determination,” explains Carole Karemera, the Ishyo Art center’s Artistic director.
“I was a bit hesitant on hearing of the project at first, but more taking part in it has really revealed a broader perspective of hope and resilience,” explains Mani Martin.
In a more collaborative yet mentoring role, 18 year old Weya Viatora says she enjoys this rare experience. This is part 3 of project series, which tale memories through the memories of Genocide, but unique about its is that it takes stage amongst the audience.
To Mrs. Karemera, this is a continuous project where it is to further be taken to various parts of Rwanda,
“We would love people to more be part of it, help us integrate into it and share vast memories in a more collaborative form,” she adds.