Marriott’s Battle of the Bands thrills Kigali revellers

By Aimable Dusabimana
On 13 March 2018 at 07:53

Kigali party enthusiasts enjoyed a night of song and dance on Saturday as three Kigali-based bands competed for the top prize at the Kigali Marriott’s first-ever Battle of the Bands.

The Battle of the Bands, organised by Kigali Marriott Hotel in partnership with Mutzig and ABG, saw the Best Beat Band, Micho Band and Neptunez Band perform from 5pm till late. The partygoers took great pleasure in the performances of the best danceable and soul-satisfying songs by local and foreign artists.

Best Beat Band opened the party with songs like "Strength of a Woman" by Shaggy which fit well with women’s month.

Micho Band, widely known for helping artists in Primus Guma Guma Superstar contest, followed with a great selection of songs that sparked an upbeat atmosphere. The songs included "Grenade" by Bruno Mars; "I Want to Know What Love Is", by Foreigner; "Iron Lion Zion" by Bob Marley and "Mirrors" by Justin Timberlake. The band was also saluted and joined by revellers in local danceable songs like "Nyaruguru" by Massamba Intore.

Neptunez Band, widely known for performing at Kigali Jazz Junction shows, took the stage around 9:40pm and played Jazz and Blues tunes amazingly. They also pleased the Battle attendees with songs like "Side to Side" by Ariana Grande ft Nicki Minaj; "One Love" by Bob Marley; "Joromi" by Simi; "Face to Face" by Charly & Nina; "Nyota Yako" by TID; and paid tribute to late Ugandan star Radio Mowzey with "Nakudata" by Goodlyfe Ft Omulangira Ssunna. They also performed local traditional song "Genda Rwanda Uri Nziza" by Orchestre Impala.

All three bands delighted and entertained, making it difficult to decide who should take first place. However, after each band’s one-hour non-stop performance, Neptunez Band became the clear favourite amongst the competitors and won the evening.

Kigali Marriott Hotel began operations in Kigali in 2016 and has since hosted a number of entertainment shows in addition to its state-of-the art hotel services and corporate social responsibility activities that include participating in monthly community work locally known as ‘Umuganda’, supporting the disadvantaged with health insurance premiums and visiting patients in hospitals.

Those who attended were all delighted and entertained