After a series of mellifluous competitive shows that commenced on August 23, 2019, Battle of Bands came to a close on December 18, 2019, in a spectacular event that took place at Kigali Marriott Hotel.
From a plethora of 10 bands that entered the competition in August, the melody left only three giants in the battle pitied against each other; Umurage Live Band, Symphony Band, and Salus Music Band.
Revelers that attended the final show of the might of melodies were treated to a variety of expressive rhythms characterized by dance and classy instrumentals.
The competition was initiated with the aim of identifying and bringing to surface and unlimited exposure of talents of Rwandan musicians, best instrumentalists, and vocalists in the country with the involvement of the fans.
Each band performed twice, and the panel of judges could rate it on criteria of vocals, choice of songs, the ambiance their performance created, and the way they played musical instruments. The panel of judges was made up of Danny Beats, Mugiraneza Parfait, Eric Soul, and Remmygious Lubega.
The bands played different songs including some by Rwandans, especially old school music and from across the world.
Salus Music Band played “Katerina” a song by Bruce Melodie, “Maguru” by Holly Jah Doves, “Nzokujana” by Kidumu, “None Twaza” by Cecile Kayirebwa and others.
Symphony Band played “Urubambye ingwe” by Cecile Kayirebwa, “Gbona”, “Anybody”, and “On The Low” by Burna Boy, “Baba Lao” by Diamond Platinumz, “Ku Gasima” by Bushali, “Inama” by Diamond Platinumz and Fally Ipupa and others.
Umurage Live Band played “Tarihinda” by Cecile Kayirebwa, “Naraye Ndose” by Kamaliza, “Nyaruguru” by Jean Paul Samputu, “La Bamba” by the Real Ritchie Valens and others.
After all performances, the judges put together their marks, as well as the fan votes which contributed 40% to the decision and announced Salus Music Band as the winner.
As the winner, Salus Music Band was given a one-year contract to entertain patrons at Kigali Marriott Hotel, beginning with the New Year celebrations and producing music with Made Beats Studio where Danny Beats is a producer.
Battle of Bands competition was held for the second time. Neptunez Band won the first-ever title in 2018.