Rwanda has eight museums including the Kandt House Museum, Campaign Against Genocide Museum, Presidential Palace Museum, King’s Palace, Ethnographic Museum, Museum of Environment, National Art Gallery Museum and National Liberation Museum Park.
U&I Ark, an organization that raises people’s talents and supports them in pursuing their visions has initiated the proposal to establish Rwandan music museum to preserve history of singers and their works, display current and ancient music instruments , musicians dressing styles, dance styles among others related to music.
The President and Legal Representative of U&I Ark, Patrick Habarugira has told IGIHE that the initiative is meant to preserve history of Rwanda’s music industry and promoting cultural tourism.
“We conceived the idea after realizing that some works of artistes are forgotten in not more than three years. We found need to establish a museum keeping various works of arts so that future generations can hear songs from different epochs,” he said.
U&I Ark plans to build own Rwandan music museum though it will at the outset be operating in the same premises of National Art Gallery Museum located in Kanombe.
The official launch of the museum will be preceded by “Kigali Music Exhibition Week” to take place from 22nd to 27th July 2019 in Car Free Zone.