Two months after releasing some of the songs on his first solo album, Rwanda's rising music star, Koudou, has released the full album, expanding Kigali's narrow playlist.
The album 'My Land' which has 11 songs received a warm welcome among Kigali's music lovers and FM radio stations, which are always looking for anything new to feed their listeners.
"Through this album, I describe our daily local life here in Rwanda to someone outside the country. I sing about life's experience from my free point of view," he explains.
Fidèle Gatsinzi a.k.a Koudou was a member of The Brothers, a group of three male singers that split up last year. He is a remarkable budding Rwandan musician whose music stands out.
Born in a family of three children; two boys and one girl where he is the eldest, Koudou is one of Kigali's most disciplined and promising musicians.
"We were raised by our mother after our father passed away since 1992," he explains.
His music career started when he joined some school choirs till 2003. In 2004, together with two others, they formed The Brothers.
Since their split in 2012, he changed his stage name from Vikky to Koudou and started a solo music career in Afro and world music, blending his music with more touch and guitar.
His first guitar based album "My land" features songs such as My Land, Siherezo, My Wedding Day, and War Business among others and was produced in partnership with BMCG music production label.
The launch of "My Land" album held at Hotel Umubano in Kigali on August 17 was a memorable one, in a concert which displayed 'Uniqueness' in music through performances which all were live.
"This being the first time solo concert, I cannot complain at all," Koudou said after the concert. "I was really happy, people were happy, the music was good, and my fellow artistes respected time; everything went good and on time. I praise God."
His songs are accompanied by music aromatised with Guitar sounds, which he himself does.
To embrace diversity, two new artistes--Benny Black and Angel-- feature on his new album. "The artistes are so young and talented, I saw the future of rich Rwandan music in them," he says.
The 31 year old musician has recently recorded a new song called 'Iwacu Heza' with a prominent Rwandan female artiste Miss Shannel which he confirms is great.
"Balik, my producer has been so helpful and motivating to me, he too from the start has done much in the support of my music," he says.
According to Koudou, Rwandan Music is growing so fast. The only problem he sees is that 'it's spinning in a circle.'
"We need to see more local artistes go and perform outside the country not only for Rwandan Diaspora like it is always. It would sound nice if Rwandese were called to perform in Ghana, USA, Asia, or elsewhere for example," he explains.
Taking his music career to a professional level is one of his major plans. He plans to start a music concert tour to every province of this country.
"I choose Universities first because I started my music from there, and I would like to pass that message and show the results of my achievements to other students with different talents but who doubt their future choices in life," says Koudou.
"I know it is very hard to get popular in Rwanda without music videos. So I must be lucky to get such wonderful fans. I promise them that the next step is making more videos for my songs," he adds.
Besides his music, Koudou enjoys reading and watching movies which he says are his first source of inspiration. He also does Media consultancy and advertisement.