Knowless (singer)

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Background information
Birth nameJeanne d’Arc Ingabire Butera
Born1 October 1990 (1990-10) (age 28)
Ruhango District
Years active2011 - present

Knowless (born Jeanne d’Arc Ingabire Butera on 1 October 1990) is a Rwandan singer. Butera writes many of her own songs. Her songs touch on such themes as romantic relationships, societal issues and daily life.[1]


Early years[edit]

Jeanne d’Arc Ingabire Butera[2] was born in Ruhango District on 1 October 1990, the only child of Jean-Marie Vianney Butera and Marie Claire Uyambaje, who are both deceased. Her mother was formerly the lead singer in a local Seventh-day Adventist church choir. Butera attended ESCAF primary school in Nyamirambo, APARUDE secondary school in Ruhango and APACE secondary school in Kigali with a focus on computer sciences and management. As a teenager she sang in the local choir. In 2012 she began to pursue a university degree at Kigali Institute of Science and Technology.[3]

Musical career[edit]

Knowless released her debut album, Komeza, in December 2011.[3] Her second album, Uwo Ndiwe, was released in March 2013.[4] Knowless is managed under the label Kina Music.[5]

She has performed throughout Rwanda and in neighboring countries, including Uganda,[1] and has collaborated with numerous artists, including Rwandans Danny, Paccy, Ciney, Jay Polly, Kamichi and Urban Boyz, and Ugandan group Vampos. She has named Belgium-based Rwandan musician Cecile Kayirebwa and American R&B singer-songwriter Brandy Norwood as inspirations.[3]


Knowless won "Best New Artiste" in the 2010 Salax Awards competition.[1] In August 2013, she took third place in the annual Primus Guma Guma Super Star talent competition, held at Amahoro Stadium.[6] In March 2013 she won her second Salax Award, this time in the category of "Best Female Artist".[4]

In 2013, Knowless was one of three Rwandan acts to perform at the "Rwanda Day" event held in London.[7] in 2015, Knowless Butera won the Primus Gumma Gumma Superstar 5th Edition, and she is the first woman to win such a competition


  1. ^ a b c Baike, Prisca (11 August 2013). "Rwanda's 'Beyonce' to rock Kampala". New Times. Rwanda. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  2. ^ Tumwebaze, Peterson (2013-09-18). "I am still 'Kabebe' from the village: Knowless". The New Times. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  3. ^ a b c Baike, Prisca (2 January 2012). "Knowles: Rwanda's True Music Diva!". Tukabyine. Rwanda. Archived from the original on January 10, 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b Asiimwe, Peninah (14 April 2013). "Action packed: Female stars take over Rwanda". The Rwanda Focus. Rwanda. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  5. ^ Kwesiga, Brian (28 June 2013). "Interview: Tom Close Promises Fire At Rwanda Nite". Chimp Reports. Rwanda. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  6. ^ Ndushabandi, Charles (11 August 2013). "Riderman Wins Rwanda Talent Search". New Times. Rwanda. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Knowles applauds Rwanda day". RwandaShow. Rwanda. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013.