When you see a set of musicians with a guitar, a pair of boots for percussion and harmonizing voices, then know that you have just come in contact with the Rwandan music group, the good ones.
The Good Ones are a four-piece band from the outskirts of Kigali in Rwanda that create a compelling sound which is traditional and yet fresh.
The team is led by singer Adrien Kazigira, a subsistence farmer who went looking for the best musicians he could find at a time when he wanted to start a music team. He was able to find a subsistence farmer like him, a driver and a teacher.
They play joyous, acoustic love songs written in the ancient local, Kinyarwanda street dialect of their nation’s capital, Kigali. The style of their songs is what is often referred to as “worker songs from the streets.” American music producer, Ian Brennan describes their songs as simple, direct and plaintive. He also said that it speaks more to the healing power of peace than a thousand academic treatises or preachy goodwill ambassadors ever could.
In July 2014 they left Rwanda for the first time and performed to enthusiastic crowds at the UK’s Womad festival.
The group said they choose to write and sing about love “because really what else is there?”