Young talent Teta Babo and her dreams

By Alain Jules Hirwa
On 14 January 2020 at 04:02

Barbara Teta [Babo], one of Rwandan emerging musicians who sings mainly in German language has such big dreams as taking Rwandan music to the world and one day meeting President Paul Kagame.

Babo, 18, is well known for such songs as “Ich Liebe Dich” featuring Urban Boyz, “Turn Up”, “Problem”, and the recently released “Number One”.

Her role models are the American-born Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer Davido and the Rwandan singer and songwriter King James.

“My role model in music in Africa is Davido while in Rwanda it is King James. This is because of the way their music soothes to me,” she says.

She says that she discovered her love for music when she was little. Back then, she used to sing while in her room. As she grew up, she says, she decided to make it her professional career as she pursued her studies.

One of her goals is to popularize Rwandan music internationally. She says, “My vision in music is to raise awareness of Rwandan music and develop my motherland. In five years, I want to see myself among the greatest musicians and to develop my country as a Rwandan woman.”

On the question of why there are few Rwandan women in the music industry, she says that women face a lot of challenges that discourage them.

She says; “Women face such problems as a producer asking them money before they work on a project, sometimes the song going unproduced for as long as a year, leaving them disheartened.”

One of the biggest dreams she has had since childhood is meeting President Kagame.

She says: “Meeting President Kagame would please me a lot, for I had that dream since when I was a little child. Also, I can tell him that he is a good and exemplary parent to the nation.”

Babo has been doing music for four years. She is of mixed race, her mother being Rwandan while her father is German.

Barbara Teta [Babo], one of Rwandan emerging musicians who sings mainly in German language has such big dreams as taking Rwandan music to the world
Babo, 18, is well known for such songs as “Ich Liebe Dich” featuring Urban Boyz, “Turn Up”, “Problem”, and the recently released “Number One”.

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