About IKIREZI Group
The IKIREZI Group was established in the beginning of 2008 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to Rwandan culture from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations of music professionals.
IKIREZI Group accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public.
IKIREZI Group is the first group that valued Rwandan Music by organizing the historical SALAX Music Awards in March 2008. The purpose of the awards is to recognize by excellence without limitations or restrictions all Rwandan talented artists. The award winners range from well-known and established artists to under-recognized talented people (Music, authors, actors) after considering their annual performances.
IKIREZI Group works in partnership year-round with whoever wishes to promote and develop Rwandan Music (Traditional and Modern) to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage.
History of SALAX Awards
SALAX Awards is an event initiative created by Rwanda’s renowned entertainment journalist Jean Michel KARANGWA, Ally Soudy UWIZEYE and Sandrine ISHEJA who empowered the implementation of the event and the concept with help of IKIREZI Group members such Etienne Kalisa, Cynthia Rupari , Emma Claudine Ntirenganya , Didier Rutayomba, Renee Hatangimana and Jean Paul Murekezi . This initiative was also encouraged and supported by Aldo HAVUGIMANA (Radio Salus director).