Cyogere Introduces “Poemusic”: A New Genre Bridging Poetry and Music

The poet Cyogere has pioneered a unique genre known as  “poemusic,” known as “ubusizi-ziki” in Kinyarwanda. This innovative style combines the art of poetry with the rhythm and melody of music, aiming to make poetic messages more accessible to diverse audiences. Cyogere’s latest work, titled “Jah,” embodies this new genre.

In an interview with The Source Post, Cyogere explained, “I have just released a new work in my own new style called ‘poetry-music’. It is a style that combines poetry and music at the same time and gives a new style of poetry. The purpose of poetry-music (Poemusic) is to convey a message in a poetic form that can be easily understood by people of different backgrounds without requiring the poet to convey what he meant every time.”

Cyogere elaborates on the clarity this genre provides, “You find some poems so dark, that the message is not clear. So this genre is my specialty.” The title “JAH” is a contraction of “JEHOVAH,” referencing the Old Testament name for God, derived from the Hebrew “Yaweh.”

Cyogere believes “Jah” reflects real-life stories familiar to many. He said, “It is the life that most of us go through every day, that God knows everything that happens to us or knows the reason for it, that there is no despair and isolation because He can do everything.”

He emphasizes that challenges should not instill fear in people. “We face hunger, sickness, hateful conflicts, and many other things, but it should not scare us because the only one who knows or can change it is Jah, God,” Cyogere stated.

Cyogere also advocates for kindness and mutual assistance. “Another thing is for people who expect others to do it, but people should help each other,” he said.

In his work, Cyogere expresses a heartfelt wish for Rwanda and its people to thrive. He writes, “Rwanda, there Rwanda and Benimana are strong, strong, prosperous, and successful, let the God of Rwanda protect us from the evildoers who always want him not to come live and we will not live, God is there for you and me let us be together in everything, because Jah is with us.”

Cyogere’s message in “Jah” targets those who doubt God’s existence and his capability to achieve what seems impossible. He provides examples of struggles such as illness, hunger, job loss, and bereavement, urging faith in God.

Although not primarily focused on religious teachings, Cyogere shares that his art is inspired by his belief in God’s impact on his life and the gifts he has received.

Cyogere began his artistic journey in primary school but initially kept it hidden. As he grew older, he explored dancing and other artistic pursuits without dedicating enough effort to them. Now, he aims to increase his production of works, including titles like “Turaanda , Impore , Umugabane , Rurema and JAH.”

Cyogere’s innovative “poemusic” genre offers a fresh approach to poetry, blending it with music to deliver clear and impactful messages.

Cyusa D.