The Good Ones- “Sara” video directed by Marilena Delli
“Sara” takes you on a trip to Rwanda’s capital of Kigali through the eyes of The Good Ones. The group finds beauty and inspiration in the simplicity of children smiling and the sprawling scenery that surrounds them. The music of The Good Ones is about triumphing over sorrow and finding happiness through the wonders of everyday life.
Adrien Kazigira, Stany Hitimana and Jeanvier Havugimana recorded the songs collected on Kigali Y’ Izahabu on a summer evening on the back porch of a friend’s home. As with the “Sara” video, the album captures the life and music of The Good Ones in their delicate, naturalistic, true moments. Kigali is filled with acoustic love songs written in the ancient local, Kinyarwanda street dialect of Kigali. The title translates to Kigali of Gold, and perhaps more than anything- the love they sing of is most ardently proclaimed for their own home.
Each song reveals a story of unhappiness and the actions humans take when overcome with personal loss. But despite the underlining melancholy, The Good Ones’ tales never evade human compassion and moral consequences.
In “Amagorwa y’ Abagabo” (“The Desperation of Men”), a narrative follows a husband and father who leaves his family due to his inherent struggles. But the song earnestly criticizes a man who chooses to take the easy way out. A verse translates:
A man wants the easy woman, who cultivates the earth.
And when you cultivate it, you get tired.
When a woman finishes that, she goes cooking,
and when she is done, she takes care of her children.
Woman, your life is difficult!
Kigali Y’ Izahabu will be out November 9th in the North America, November 22nd in the UK.
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