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Legendary singer Jean-Paul Samputu has been selected to join the panel of judges for Tusker Project Fame Season 6.
Samputu will join Ian Mbugua, Juliana Kanyomozi, Hermy B and Eric Wainaina to rate performances from contestants taking part in the regional reality music TV show, currently taking place in Nairobi, Kenya.
Award-winning musician Jean Paul Samputu lost his family during the genocide in Rwanda. But he overcame rage and resentment by learning to forgive.
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I knew we were in for a special evening when the voice of award winning Rwandan artist Jean Paul Samputu filled every corner of the Bloor Cinema with a stirring acapella rendition of his song, “No More Genocide”. His message about the need for forgiveness and the importance of the future generation in Rwanda’s healing process were a perfect introduction to the first Toronto screening of Rwanda: Hope Rises, a documentary film by Director Trevor Meier.
Rwandan singer, Jean Paul Samputu, on Tuesday, scoffed at allegations that he's a negationist. The accusations were made by Theodore Simburudari, while addressing thousands of mourners during the 15th anniversary of the 994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
"He must have misinterpreted the message. I have never forced anyone to forgive, or repent whatsoever. The message was totally out of my own experience," Samputu said Tuesday afternoon at The New Times offices during the interview.
Musicians, both local and regional, on Tuesday, performed for thousands of mourners, in Kicukiro District, Kigali, where a ceremony to commemorate 15 years after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, was presided over by President Paul Kagame.
The ceremony to remember and pay tribute to the over a million people who perished during the genocide, attracted Rwandans, and delegates from different corners of the world, including famous musicians from the region.
As Rwanda marks the 15 year anniversary of the horrifying genocide, Rwandan artist Jean Paul Samputu called upon Rwandans to focus on children as they talk about reconciliation. “We need to have a new generation, a generation free of resentment,” said Samputu during BBC’s ‘Imvo n’imvano’, a popular weekly radio show in Rwanda’s vernacular “Kinyarwanda’. The radio programme is broadcast to Rwanda and its neighbouring countries of Burundi, Uganda and partly Congo from the BBC studios in London.
On April 6, Rwandans mark the 15th anniversary of the start of the genocide. Three-quarters of a million people were killed within the space of 100 days. Two men are now trying to help bridge the deep fault lines in Rwandan society.
"I couldn't understand that my best friend, a man I had grown up together with, was the one who did that. Many people lost their families. But because it was him who did that, it destroyed me. I wanted to take revenge. I wanted to kill him. But I couldn't find him, and so I started killing myself." Jean Paul Samputu