Iain Stewart, a Scotland artist wishes to collaborate with Rwandan artists for the progress of Rwanda’s music industry. In an interview with IGIHE, Stewart said that he was attracted to Rwandan music after producing a song ‘Rwandan Dream’ with Rwandan artist Jean Paul Samputu.
Iain Stewart who has married a Rwandan woman, Umutesi Marie Jeanne said that he considers Rwanda as his second country.
He said that he knew much more about Rwanda after meeting Samputu where they collaborated and released the first album in 2014.
Stewart met Jean Paul Samputu and got interested in Rwandan recordings. That was when Rwandan legend Jean Paul Samputu invited him to Rwanda to record a love song called, ‘Window of Peace.’
Stewart says that this first recording has been the beginning of love affair with Rwandan music.
“That began my love affair with Rwanda, the beautiful country people and its music. The song, someone recently told me, was a prayer for Rwanda. A prayer for the future of the country that it would continue to move forward to learn from its past and become the great country that it always had the potential to be,” said Stewart.
Stewart says that he loved the experience of recording and working with Samputu and the producer Pastor P. As he said they knew there was something special in the music they were creating.
“What had started with a plan to create one song became a whole album which was released late 2014. Songs from the album such as Rwandan Dream were really taken to people’s hearts they really spoke to people. Music from that album has played all over the world. I always believed that music had the power to bring people together and break down the barriers and there was something powerful in this music,” he added.
This artist explained that after completing the song of Rwandan Dream he had a burning desire to keep making African influenced music.
As part of entertaining Rwandan fans who asked dance floor beats, he released another song called ‘’Nicheze Nawe’; which was produced by Pastor P who is also seen acting in the video. The song is about a man who falls in love with a girl at first sight and they only have one night to spend together as he is passing through the country. And they want the night to last forever.
The video was shot by ‘Cre8tive Entertainment’ in Glasgow, Scotland and it was a fun video to do.
Stewart says that Rwanda has so many talented artists .He thinks it’s their time to show the rest of the world just how talented they are and wishes to contribute more to the progress of Rwandan artists which he has started.
Stewart has recently written a song for Teta Diana, co-writing a song for Mani Martin, Ado Dorcas of the Blessed Sisters and a song for an up and coming artist called, ‘I Am Blameless.’