The Good Ones featured on Spinner’s “Around the World” column by Steve Hochman, interview with Ian Brennan

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Steve Hochman spoke with Ian Brennan about finding something extraordinary in The Good Ones, and how the group are a rare gem in Rwanda.

Read this great in-depth piece over at Hochman’s  “Around the World” Spinner column.

Given the inconsistency of Rwandan musical traditions, where did this come from? What were these young men’s influences?

“If you ask them, Adrien says Bob Marley, Stany says Santana and Jeanvier says he liks zouk music, a Caribbean style,” he says. “The fact that Bob Marley is the first person Adrien talks about makes sense in that there’s this social consciousness. And the other thing really amazing about the recording and discovery process beyond the songs being beautiful and that they have this unique way of singing with the interweaving of the voices is that nearly every song on the album is a love song. I knew this because they told me and something like five out of the 12 songs are names of women. That’s a very beautiful statement of live that omits the chaos with which they live.”

Kigali Y’ Izahabu is out on Tuesday! Pre-order the album here and a portion of the proceeds will go to Stories for  Hope and the Kigali Memorial Centre.

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