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Actress and Singer Kaya Byinshii will serve as a Judge for The Daniel Trust Music Challenge

Music in Africa has called Kaya Byinshii, a talented 23-year old actress, singer and songwriter, “one of the most talented newcomers on the Rwandan music scene.”

Last year, Kaya released NYABYINSHI, her debut EP and is set to release (WE) DON'T’ KNOW LOVE, an acoustic EP, made of three chronological songs.

“My new acoustic EP will open a conversation about what we/people perceive as ‘Love’ and all the titles we give to love,” Kaya said. “It will be a visual performance, produced by Rwandan film director, Kivu Ruhorahoza.”

Kaya will serve as one of three judges for The 2021 Daniel Trust Music Challenge, a digital singing competition for youth in Rwanda, which is hosted on Instagram by Daniel Trust Foundation.

The goal of the competition is to give Rwandan youth the opportunity to showcase their music talent to the world and to help them launch their music careers.

Before releasing her first EP last year, Kaya was a contestant in The 2020 Daniel Trust Music Challenge. She was loved by hundreds of fans and finished the competition in the top 10.

“Last year I was inspired to participate in the challenge by the money that was being offered,” Kaya said. “Little did I know the challenge would offer me more than that.”

“The challenge offered me more than money because I gained a very big audience and the confidence I needed to keep creating,” Kaya said.

Kaya advises young people who plan to participate in the challenge this year to prepare and give it their all by showing their fans and the judges who they really are as artists and creatives.

To enter the competition, contestants must record a 1-minute video showcasing their music talent, post the video on their Instagram account using the #DanielTrustMusicChallenge hashtag and tag Kaya, Arnaud, Rluta, Daniel and the Foundation.

The winner of the 2021 Daniel Trust Music Challenge will receive a Rwf1,000,000 cash prize and will receive publicity on Daniel Trust Foundation’s website, blog and social media. The 1st runner-up of the competition will receive a Rwf650,000 cash prize. The 2nd runner-up of the competition will receive a Rwf350,000 cash prize.

“It is a privilege and honor to be part of this year's challenge as a judge,” Kaya said. “This is going to be a discovery of many talents and I am going to enjoy every bit of it.”

Kaya told Daniel Trust Foundation that she loves and listens to a lot of music. Among her favorite artists in Rwanda are Teta Diana, Nirere Shanel, Bill Ruzima, Mike Kayihura and Michael Makembe.

She told us that she has an old soul and looks up to women like Khaja Nin, Miriam Makeba, Nina Simone and Angelique Kidjo and their artistry.

Kaya holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Southern New Hampshire University. In the next 5 years, Kaya sees herself on a successful music tour in Africa or Europe.

Kaya’s EP NYABYINSHI is available on all streaming platforms. Dr. Nganji from Green Ferry Music produced the EP and Kaya wrote all the songs. Her 5AM video was directed by Bora Shingiro.

Kaya's work has been featured in Okay Africa, IGIHE and The New Times.

To learn more about The Daniel Trust Music Challenge, please click here.

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