This Friday, November 9, 2018, various media have announced that Yvan Buravan won the 2018 edition of the “Prix Découvertes RFI 2018 (RFI Discovery Award). Buravan is the first Rwandan artiste to win the award. Yvan Dushime Burabyo 23, was already well known to the public in both the country and the sub-region as a rising star, but this tremendous success has just took its popularity to a higher level.
Hi is the first Rwandan artiste to win the award but not the first to participate because other Rwandan artists have previously participated in the same competition notably Mani Martin in 2013, The Ben and Angel Mutoni in 2016. This award dates back 37 years, since 1981. It is discerned by Radio France Internationale (RFI) annually to musical talent across the African continent, but since it has been discerned only 32 times.
On the website of RFI Music we can read that, “Buravan is already famous in Rwanda. And yet, he is only 23 years old! In the land of a thousand hills, he sings love, peace, reconciliation on pretty electro-pop melodies. The jury of the Prix Découvertes RFI, this year chaired by Charlotte Dipanda, decided to reward and encourage Yvan Buravan so that his music travels as much as it makes travel.
Buravan has climbed the ladder of success at an incredible pace. And the award given today by music professionals to RFI should further accelerate things. This November 8, he becomes the winner of the Prix Découvertes RFI 2018 at the age of 23 years.
As a teenager, Yvan Buravan connects young talent contests, encouraged by his family. His performances charm the public who is enthusiastic for this young man at once humble and charismatic. That’s when he realizes that his passion could be the beginning of a full-time artistic career. He finished high school in 2015 and enrolled at Kigali Music School to perfect himself.
His title Malaika comes out the following year and is a real success not only in Rwanda but beyond, in neighboring countries. The sequel is a series of concerts, performances, acclaimed by the public (East Africa Festival, Kigali Up Festival). In July 2018, he performed in Belgium and Burundi in August. His album The Love Lab, already released in Rwanda, should soon arrive on the international market”.
The artist will be awarded 10,000 Euros, and will be facilitated for a tour across Africa, and a performance in Paris.