Urban Boyz

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Urban Boyz
GenresR&B, Afropop
Years active2008-present
MembersJames Manzi (Humble Jizzo)
Muhammed Nshimiyimana (Nizzo Kaboss)

Urban Boyz is a Rwandan R&B Afropop group composed of members James Manzi (Humble Jizzo) and Muhammed Nshimiyimana (Nizzo Kaboss). A reviewer for the Rwandan newspaper New Times described them in 2013 as "the country's leading music group."[1]


Urban Boyz released their debut album, Icyicaro Today, in 2008 and have since released more than 70 singles and three studio albums. They have collaborated with numerous regional artists, including Rwandans Riderman and King James and Ugandans Jackie Chandiru, Rabadaba and Goodlyfe crew of Radio and Weasel.[2] The group performs songs written in English, Kiswahili and Kinyarwanda.[1]


Urban Boyz took second place in the annual Primus Guma Guma Super Star talent competition, held at Amahoro Stadium in August 2013.[3] Their single, Bibaye, was voted song of the year.[1] In March 2013, Urban Boyz won four Salax Awards in the categories Artiste of the Year, Best Male Artiste, Best Group and Best Video.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Kagire, Linda M. (23 April 2013). "Rwanda: Urban Boys Release New Single 'Kelele'". New Times. Rwanda. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  2. ^ Mugoya, Grace (4 June 2013). "Rwanda: We Shall Not Have a Manager Soon — Urban Boys". New Times. Rwanda. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  3. ^ Ndushabandi, Charles (11 August 2013). "Riderman Wins Rwanda Talent Search". New Times. Rwanda. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  4. ^ Asiimwe, Peninah (11 March 2013). "Rwanda: Urban Boys Shine At Salax Awards". New Times. Rwanda. Retrieved 12 August 2013.