Jean-Pierre Nimbona

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Kidum Kibido
Kidum Kibido at Edmonton Folk Music Festival.jpg
Background information
Birth nameJean-Pierre Nimbona
Born (1974-10-28) 28 October 1974 (age 44)
Bujumbura, Kinama , Burundi
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, percussions
Years active2001–present
LabelsNo Label (current)

Jean-Pierre Nimbona, also referred to as Kidum, is a Nairobi-based musician. He was named Best Male Artist of East Africa at the 2012 Kora Awards.[1] He was named as an Ambassador for Peace,[2] a position that helps to foster hope and reconciliation in East Africa.[3]

Early life[edit]

Kidum, whose nickname was given to him by his mother and literally means a 20-liter jug,[4] admits he was a very big baby. At age 10, his musical inspirations grew when he started playing the drums. Kidum formed a band in the years that followed and played all over Burundi. In 1995, he fled the political instability of his native land for Nairobi, Kenya, where he continued his musical career.

Musical career[edit]

Once in Kenya, it took Kidum 4 years to start writing his own songs. In 1999, Kidum recorded "Yaramenje", his first song. As quoted in an interview[5] with Jim Lenskold and published in the American Media Wire Service: "I decided to go to a small studio, in a container actually...". The song went on to capture the attention of then president Daniel arap Moi, who recognised its potential to unite Burundi. Although his earlier songs were recorded in the Kirundi language - he progressed to singing in Kiswahili where his spiritual and philosophical compositions became accessible to a wider audience. He then added French, English and Spanish to his repertoire. His secular but spiritual songs range from rocking zouk to acoustic classics.

Kidum has been well received by Canadians, who have been inviting him to perform year after year. In August 2014, he was invited to play the Edmonton Folk Music Festival in the City of Edmonton, province of Alberta in Canada.[who?]

With his current BodaBoda Band, (translated as Crossing Borders) Kidum performs throughout Africa, the Middle East, Canada and soon in Europe, USA and many other places. His music has received positive reviews.[6]



  • Yaramenje (2001)[7]
  • Shamba (2003)
  • Ishano (2006)[8]
  • Haturudi Nyuma (2010)[9]
  • Hali Na Mali (2012)

Kidum’s first album, Yaramenje was released in 2001. In 2001, Kidum was invited by Pierre Buyoya, Burundi's former President, to perform in a peace concert.[10] In 2002, Kidum performed in another peace rally in 2002 in Burundi.[10] This followed with the Shamba album, released in 2003. The 2006, the Ishano album portrays Kidum’s vocal talent with the rocking zouk Kichuna. With the 2010 release of Haturudi Nyuma, Kidum was granted The Kora Award (the African Grammy equivalent) for his songs Mapenzi, Nitafanya and Haturudi Nyauma. In 2012, Kidum recorded the popular Hali Na Mali album which included the singles Mulika Mwizi, Kimbia, Enjoy and Hali Na Mali.




  1. ^ a b +KORA Awards. "WINNERS 2012". KORA.
  2. ^ "The African Executive - Music Icon Kidum Now Ambassador of Hope". 7 January 2016. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Great Lakes embrace Kidum". Standard Media. Standard Digital. KTN News. 31 July 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Daring Abroad: Burundian musician Jean Pierre aka Kidum speaks about his musical journey". Standard Media. standard Digital. KTN News. 18 December 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  5. ^ Reed, James. "Kidum Kibido is Crossing Borders and Bridging Borders with his Music". American Media Distribution Wire Service. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  6. ^ Biko, Jackson. "Kidum". Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Home - Promote Burundi Online". - Development, Tourism ,Entertainment, and Sport News.
  8. ^ "Kidum - Ishano".
  9. ^ "Kidum - Haturudi Nyuma".
  10. ^ a b Mukombozi, Robert. "Music Icon Kidum Now Ambassador of Hope". The African Executive. Retrieved 16 February 2016.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Kidum" (biographical info). CBC Music. Archived from the original on 2016-03-01.
  12. ^ "Jean Pierre Nimbona Wins International Songwriting Competition's World Music Award". worldmusiccentral. Retrieved 16 February 2016.

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