The second edition that will bring together 10 bands from across the country is expected to kick off on Friday 23rd August 2019 with two bands.
Held at Kigali Marriott Hotel’s Iriba Bar and Terrace, concerts will be organized every week. The entrance will be free.
Kigali Marriott Hotel introduced the ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition with the aim of boosting the entertainment in Rwanda and promote the visibility of local bands by showcasing their music. It is the first hotel in Rwanda organizing such a competition.
Victoria N. Obiakor, the Director of Sales and Marketing at Kigali Marriot Hotel has told IGIHE that the rationale behind organizing the competition was to promote young talents.
“As Kigali Marriott Hotel we want to play a role in pushing entertainment. There are a lot of young talents out there and we have the opportunity to showcase these talents. We are giving people the chance to sign up, to present their talents in front of our guests by doing the battle of the bands,” he revealed.
Obiakor explained that this year’s edition is definitely unique given that fans will themselves decide the best.
“The winner is by popular vote, the public decides not us. The winner progresses to the next stage until the finale. It is better that people can prove themselves, showcase their talents and let the public decide. Sometimes we do not know what the public wants, by having them select, it is better for us,” he noted.
Obiakor said that the feedback bout the competition has been exciting from the first edition
“We have not received any negative feedback; we have seen encouragement to continue doing this and hopefully setting an example for other people to do this,” he stressed.
One of the bands that competed for the finale in the first edition held in 2018 affirmed to have acquired new skills.
Dior Serge, a member of Neptunez Band which won the 2018 competition said: “We gained repute, increased trust from the public and got new opportunities. It was very beneficial for us.”
The project is to be done on a yearly basis while bands can renew contracts or find new talents.
The Battle of the Bands is basically a competition that Kigali Marriott Hotel hosts in partnership with Made Beats and Royal FM.
The first battle is scheduled Friday, and no entrance fee is charged for anyone attending the event until the finale.
The winner of the competition will get a one year paid contract with Marriott Hotel, to be its resident band and open the performance of the New Year’s Eve celebrations.
The winning band will be also be offered a recording session with Made Beats.
Kigali Marriott Hotel has been operating since October 2016. Apart from hospitality services, the hotel has been contributing to the improved wellbeing of the community participating in community works and subscribing to vulnerable residents for Mutuelle de Santé and visiting patients among others.