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Need Valentines Recommendations? Here Is Our Pick



The clock is ticking for the lovers and the loved ones. Valentine’s Day is here again. Are you wondering about how best to express your love? Indeed it can be overwhelming at times for many, especially for men.

We at Taarifa are not experts in love affairs nor can we claim to be the best advisors on this subject as old as the universe.

The little we can do, however, is we have managed to put together a list of places we recommend you to take your loved ones as a romantic gesture for the love you have.

If you have to, please take this peculiar occasion woo your partner at one of these locations that have prepared events for you.

VENUE: Radisson Blu Kigali
PRICES: Rwf50, 000 per couple and Rwf30, 000 per person (meals included)
TIME: 1700H
EVENT: IJURU RITO Valentine’s Day celebration with soft voiced singer; Christopher

Christopher Munyaneza is an established RnB singer who has been in the industry for almost seven years now. He has numerous hit songs and large fan base in Rwanda. His songs are mostly about love and relationships. He told Taarifa that he chose to do the concert on Valentines because the “day relates to the type of music I sing. I want to celebrate this day doing what I love and also bringing people who are in love together.” The entry price may be a bit on the high end for some, but hey dah? It is Radisson-Blu. What should we expect? Certainly not anything less than perfection and class. Be assured to get top-notch customer service the whole evening while sipping and biting on mouth-watering delicacies. We are told King James and Bruce Melody will be guest artists too.

VENUE: People Night Life
PRICES: Rwf5, 000 Couple and Rwf3,000 Single
TIME: From 8pm till dawn
EVENT: The Valentines with Yvan Buravan

Yvan Buravan is an RnB singer who has taken Rwanda by storm. Since he joined the music industry in 2015, he has released hit songs and he is currently the talk of the town. He sings different genres of music including Zouk. His music will get you and your partner on the ‘dance’ floor grooving all night long. The prices are quite reasonable; compared to the unforgettable experience of spending the evening with your loved one while being serenated by the best in town! The venue is popular for unforgettable night life experiences. They usually have ‘Themed’ evenings most days of the week that appeal to different types of people and they always satisfy the diverse culture of people.

VENUE: Marriott Hotel
PRICES: $100 per couple and $450 per couple
TIME: All day long

The 5-Star hotel is not only giving the couples an unforgettable one-day experience but five days. If you want a place to have a luxurious three course dinner with the one you love at $100 or a dinner for two with a bottle of champagne, couple’s spa treatment and bed and breakfast at $450. From roses and chocolate to dinner and champagne, love can be costly and with the venue, be assured that everything will fall into place. If you want a laid back intimate and romantic evening away from too much noise Marriot is a good place to be.

VENUE: Hotel des Mille Collines

Time: 6 pm to 11 pm

PRICE: Rwf 50,000

Hotel des Mille Collines does not frustrate. If you want to celebrate ultimate love as you enjoy a six-course gourmet dinner with a glass of champagne, red or white wine of your choice accompanied by spectacular views of Kigali’s glimmering skylight at Le Panorama restaurant for 50,000 Rwf per couple, this is one place to be. Just book a room for two at $215 with Valentines dinner inclusive. For bookings contact or + 250788192519

PRICES: Rwf15, 000 Per couple
EVENT: Rukundo Valentines experience

Ozone KCT together with Century Cinema have come together to create a perfect evening for memories. Movie, dinner and party is a good combination to shake the stress away at the same time enjoying the company of your loved one. DJ Diallo and Band will play the music and a glass of wine will be provided to boost the mood. Ozone, right in the heart of the city, has been there for some time now, but they recently revamped and expect them to sprinkle your experience with class.

VENUE: Slice & Cakes (Kigali Heights)
EVENT: Valentines’ Day Cake

Slice & Cakes located on the first floor of Kigali Heights has been around since 2014. Their reputation precedes them as they are known around Kigali for their mouthwatering cakes. They have special offers and on they will be sizzling the day’s sweetness.

  • Cake for two or a cupcake gift box is going for Rwf15, 000
  • Cake and wine (Pure Heaven) is going for Rwf30, 000
  • Cake, wine and roses are going for Rwf40, 000

Slice & Cakes has put together a perfect package that will put a smile on any lady. Roses are loved by many women and when they come from the perfect person, they signify way more than what can be put in words.

Java House Kigali

Java House has been around for many years as the leading coffee house in Kenya and Uganda. It recently opened up in Rwanda and it has taken the country by storm by providing the best quality meals from the region. This Valentine’s Day, Java House is also celebrating with the lovers by giving a 50% discount on cakes and Ice cream. You better dash there and “Yummy” your lover.




Meanwhile, if you want to stay at home or if you are busy at work and you need to carry something with you after work or you need something delivered at home, Grocewheels can just do the delivery. We saw a few of their packages planned for Valentines, such as a flower gift set. Give them a call.

If you have a few more places or ideas, please share with us and tag us on twitter @taarifarwanda or Facebook page @taarifarwanda and Intagram account @taarifarwanda.







Jamaica’s Producer DJ Kemmo To Transform Dancehall Music



Producer DJ Kemmo said he hopes to bring a change to the area of dancehall music production.

“I saw where the authenticity of the genre is lacking. I saw an area of opportunity for change and I felt like the spice that I add to the scene can make a difference.

Dancehall needs more of its original flavour and that’s the direction I want to take music with my production skills,” DJ Kemmo told the Jamaica Observer.

“I believe music is my true calling because I decided to get into music at a very young age. Music has always been something that I have been passionate about and to be a music producer you must be confident in yourself and your work. I find it amazing that I learn something new about producing every day. I also have to adapt to emerging genres and musical styles and those are a few of the reasons why I got into music production,” he continued.

Born in Cornwall Barracks in Portland, for the past four years he has resided in Orlando, Florida. He recently released the song She Gone featuring deejay G-Statik.

“The song has been doing well on the underground dancehall scene here in Florida. I am pleased with the reception that it has so far received,” he said.

One of his biggest hits is Exotic by deejay Korexx. The song has so far racked up more than 9,000,000 views on YouTube since its release five months ago.

Said DJ Kemmo, “I knew Exotic would’ve been a hit song and that it would’ve gotten the attention from the public because of the creativity of lyrics and the visual content.”

He has worked with artistes including Drizzy Fade, Hot Frass, CMR and Laden. DJ Kemmo released the Mello Vibez rhythm album during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Getting the music heard in the streets and in dancehall is harder than what it used to be so that kind of affected the album, but I’m willing to adjust myself to work with the new social media wave just as everyone is doing now,” he shared.

Born Kemoy Lewis, DJ Kemmo has been working to establish himself in the music business for over a decade.

He first tested the waters as a disc jockey in Port Antonio. Along with some of his friends, he made the transition into music production by turning a back room of a shop into a recording studio.

“I remember when me, DJ Barunga, DJ Free and DJ Dalla Coin used to lock up in Paulette shop in the back and put sponge in the windows so when we record a song no air would come through in the building,” DJ Kemmo reminisced. He also credits King Nose I for introducing him to music.

“I had to work very hard for someone to hear the name DJ Kemmo. I use to upload music on YouTube just like Akam Entertainment and Crush Road with my DJ Kemmo tag in them just to spread the name and the brand. I also tried vlogging at one point. I have built my career from the ground up to where it is now even though I have a long list of accomplishments to tackle.”

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MX Player Back With New Crime Thriller



There are some nights where all you want to do is stay in bed and watch some rom-com that gives you a good laugh but then there are times when you need a series that gets your blood flowing and sends a chill down your spine.

The only way to add that rush to your life is with the help of a good thriller and after some successful launches in this trope, MX Player is back with yet another high-stakes story.

An adaptation of the popular crime novel, Anti – Social Network, by Piyush Jha, Chakrayvuh – An Inspector Virkar Crime Thriller explores cybercrime, exploitation and the unknown world of the dark web through the lens of Inspector Virkar. 

This MX Original Series marks the debut of Prateik Babbar as a cop, making him a welcome entry to the super cop universe that we see ruling the roost on OTT platforms and in Indian films.

In the titular role, we see Prateik as the eccentric and angry Inspector Virkar, as he races against time to catch the people behind a rapidly growing cybercrime.

The show is definitely high-paced and keeps you guessing about who the real mastermind is till the very end.

The story takes us through a series of murders that take place after a group of tech-savvy miscreates use the internet to hack into computers or private accounts of women and start blackmailing them. 

Prateik Babbar showcases great versatility as he navigates through the show. The series sees his character in a constant chase against time, trying to stay ahead of a ruthless blackmailer and not allowing the wrong to overpower the truth.

Virkar is a character who bends the rule book when needed and that is a trait that gives this show another edge.

As a lover of thrillers and cop-dramas, this show is definitely topping the list with an incredible cast, great storyline and exceptional direction.

I was hooked till the last minute and couldn’t help myself from finishing it in one sitting.

Directed by Sajit Warrier, the eight-episode series also stars Simran Kaur Mundi, Ashish Vidyarthi, Shiv Pandit, Ruhi Singh, the late Asif Basra, Gopal Dutt, Anjali Singh, Mahir Pandi, Ankit Narang and Ayesha Kanga in pivotal roles.

Chakravyuh– An Inspector Virkar Crime Thriller is now available on MX Player for free, so give your weekend a thrilling start by binge-watching this new series!

India Times

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Spike Lee to head 2021 Cannes Film Festival Jury



Spike Lee, a US director has accepted to head the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in July. Lee said he was “very humbled”.

“Way back in 1986, my very first film She’s Gotta Have It played there and it was my introduction to the world of cinema, so Cannes will always have a deep, deep spot in my heart,” Lee said.

Lee, 63, has been a fixture at Cannes over the years, premiering seven of his films there and winning the second-place Grand Prix in 2018 for BlacKkKlansman about a black police officer infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan.

“Throughout the months of uncertainty we’ve just been through, Spike Lee has never stopped encouraging us,” said festival president Pierre Lescure in a statement.

“We could not have hoped for a more powerful personality to chart our troubled times.”

With a back-catalogue that has thrown a spotlight on issues of race and politics in the US, Lee was seen as a symbolic choice at a time when the French film industry has been mired in controversies over the representation of minorities.

Lee has tried his hand at many genres, but is best known for films that put the African-American experience front and centre.

“I have a special place in my heart for Paris, for France and for the Cannes Film Festival… Book my flight!” he said in the Twitter message.

The official selection for this year’s festival, along with the rest of the jury are due to be named in early June.

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