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“…the quartet’s spirituality ultimately transcends language……” –The London Sunday Times
The Good Ones are Rwandan genocide survivors who write acoustic folk songs, often in the dialect of their rural district which had for centuries been known as the region for producing poets for the Kings. Primary songwriter Adrien Kazigira interweaves intricate harmonies with co-singer, Janvier Havugimana, in a style frequently referred to as “worker songs from the streets.” The Good Ones’ forthcoming third album on Anti- Records features collaborations with members of Wilco, TV on the Radio, Sleater-Kinney, My Bloody Valentine, and Fugazi.
That this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide only makes the group’s long-overdue USA debut more meaningful. Grammy-winning producer and author, Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Zomba Prison Project) will speak beforehand about the group’s history and his just-published fifth book, Silenced by Sound: the Music Meritocracy Myth.