The act of singing to prerecorded music originated in Japan. It is a practice which Vincanne Adams has described as a spectacle of scripted simulation. The literature on karaoke performance is extensive across the globe. In Africa, however, this literature is non-existent. This is so in spite of the rampancy of the category across Rwanda’s provinces where a karaoke fever brews, a near-absent nightlife notwithstanding. Having witnessed the popularity of karaoke in the country, and towards addressing the curious gap in the extant literature, I set out to understand the growth of karaoke in Rwanda.

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Garhe Osiebe

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