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Samputu keeps it real in London

Two-time Kora Awards winner, Jean Paul Samputu, last Saturday performed to hundreds in London, at a concert to celebrate 15-years of peace in Rwanda.

The Canadian- based Rwandan star flew to London from Kigali last week, where he had just organised an international conference on peace and reconciliation.

Samputu said that he took the same message of peace, love and reconciliation to people living in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Publication: 
The New Times
Date: 
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Musical Tribute by Jean Paul Samputu and Mizero

Saturday, Feb. 14th, we attended a children's concert hosted by Jean Paul Samputu - Rwanda's most famous musician. He is a living example to Rwanda of the power of forgiveness.

Publication: 
Personal Blog
Date: 
Friday, February 20, 2009

Samputu in Collabo with Ugandan Artist

Kigali — Renowned US based Rwandan artiste Jean Paul Samputu is set to record a single with Ugandan stars Juliana Kanyomozi and Joseph Mayanja also popularly known as Chameleon.

The reconciliation song comes amid Samputu’s intense efforts to promote peace and reconciliation not only in Rwanda but also in the region. It is expected to be ready by Easter.

Apart from the historic wars that have rocked the region in the past decades, the instability that has marred the countries’ leaderships is what brought the trio together to preach reconciliation through entertainment.

Publication: 
Ego Image Kenya
Date: 
Thursday, February 19, 2009

'If you don't forgive, it will destroy you'

'If you don't forgive, it will destroy you' singer and Rwandan Ambassador for Peace said in Canada last fall.

Jean Paul Samputu's former neighbor and childhood friend - in 1994 - murdered Jean Paul's father and mother as well as three of his brothers and a sister during the Rwandan massacre/genocide of minority Tutsis by majority Hutus. The United Nations estimates 800,000 people died. Other groups state varying numbers. And of course the tragedy was much more than numbers killed and includes tensions and trauma which continue today.

Publication: 
The Journey of Hope blog
Date: 
Thursday, January 29, 2009

'I forgive friend who killed my family'

John Paul Samputu's family was murdered during Rwanda's genocide of 1994 by a friend and a neighbour. He still calls him a friend because he has forgiven him.

John Paul is now an ambassador of peace and next month he will take part in an international forgiveness conference in his homeland. The BBC World Service's Mark Whitaker spoke to him.

Publication: 
BBC News
Date: 
Thursday, January 29, 2009

Mizero Perform at UN during Forgiveness Tour

In December 2008, a group of Rwandan children will arrive in the U.S. as young cultural and peace ambassadors to take audiences on a journey into the lives of the Rwandan people through music, dance, costumes and drumming. They are known as the MIZERO Children of Rwanda which in Kinyarwanda, the language of their home land, means "HOPE."

Publication: 
Gardens of Forgiveness Network
Date: 
Monday, December 1, 2008

'If you don't forgive, it will destroy you'

The hatred Jean Paul Samputu had for the neighbour who killed his parents and four of his siblings was eating him alive, so he forgave the man.

Samputu feels Montrealers can learn from his experience.

The Rwandan singer and peace activist, who will perform at the Tam Tam Jam on Mount Royal tomorrow to mark the International Day of Peace, eventually befriended the man who in 1994 murdered Samputu's father and mother, three of his brothers and a sister during the Rwandan genocide of minority Tutsis by majority Hutus. The United Nations estimates 800,000 people died.

Publication: 
The Gazette (Montreal)
Date: 
Saturday, September 20, 2008

Pangea Day Video

Rwandan singer-songwriter Jean Paul Samputu has fashioned himself as a cultural ambassador -- bringing traditional African singing, dancing and drumming to the world. A survivor of the Rwandan genocide, his energetic, propulsive performances, and his public speaking, carry a message of peace, hope and reconciliation.

He shared his message at Pangea Day, 2008.

Publication: 
Pangea Day
Date: 
Saturday, May 10, 2008