Utah Nice, rising star in Rwandan music scene

By Esther Muhozi
On 15 March 2024 at 11:04

Utah Nice is emerging as one of the promising new artists likely to make a significant impact in the near future. Despite her relatively short time in the music scene, the few tracks she has released have already garnered a following eager to see what she’ll do next.

Hailing from a family of celebrities, Utah shares her lineage with Cedric Dric, known for his work directing music videos for prominent Rwandan and international artists, and Isimbi Nailla, another music video director.

Cedric Dric explained to IGIHE that Utah’s journey into music was challenging, especially because, although she was passionate about music, their parents initially opposed the idea of her pursuing it as a career.

He mentioned that the family preferred she focus on academic education, aiming for university, whereas Utah wanted to study music at Nyundo, now part of the Rwanda School of Creative Arts and Music, located in Muhanga District, after winning a scholarship to enhance her musical skills.

Cedric shared that convincing their parents to accept Utah’s choice to study music was a significant battle, but eventually, they were won over. They were especially pleased to see her thrive and start to receive gigs, which indicated that her efforts were not in vain.

Utah Nice, who began her music career last year, is determined to contribute significantly to the Rwandan music industry. She is the fourth child in her family and started her musical journey in 2017.

Her musical styles include Afropop, Afrobeat, R&B, and Dancehall. In an interview with IGIHE in 2023, she stated that her songs focus on various messages depending on her experiences and feelings at the time. Her primary goal is to create music that can support people through their life experiences, with a significant emphasis on love.

Utah admires artists like Nigeria’s Rema and Tems, Rihanna from Barbados (based in the USA), and Jorja Smith from the UK. She takes pride in writing her songs and is excited about beginning to share her work with the Rwandan audience, hoping to make a positive impact.

Looking ahead, she aims to expand her music within Rwanda and across Africa over the next five years. Last year, she released an Extended Play (EP) titled "Maadah," containing four songs inspired by love and crafted in Afropop and Dancehall styles. The EP, named after a nickname given by her father, features tracks like "Down," "Away," "Motion," and "No Games."

"Far Away," one of her tracks featuring Mistaek, discusses the desire to escape modern-day problems by finding solitude in a distant place.

Utah Nice is emerging as one of the promising new artists likely to make a significant impact in the near future