Noting his vast knowledge and years of experience as a music executive, talent manager, digital entrepreneur, principal consultant and others, Ndisanze is a symbol of inspiration for young talents, where the upcoming musicians can draw a lesson or two from this progression and delivery.
Ndisanze, over time, has also carved a niche for himself in the digital music executive for a platform that seems to be on the quest for ensuring the emergence of a new talent generation of creatives in Rwanda and beyond.
Speaking on how he broke into the music industry and what inspired or influenced him to choose the career, Ndisanze said: “Creativity in so many forms has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.
According to him, “nature-inspired the perfect balance of kindness and creativity in everything that I’ve done, I am a very outgoing person, people tell me I have the personality to be a Project Manager. However, as I learned new things I became more immersed in it.
“Also, I guess my love for music and entertainment made it possible. I have been influenced to always do and be better than I was yesterday. I have learnt from some of the best.”
Ndisanze said the best moments in his career “have been seeing some artists get the recognition and accolades they deserve. Watching and seeing others appreciate the sleepless days and nights spent preparing the new ideas for the world to embrace.”
He still believes the Rwandese music industry has made significant strides over the last two decades and is now arguably the most vibrant music sector in Africa.
“It has the some numbers of internationally successful and decorated contemporary music acts. The music industry is changing globally, and Rwanda is taking the notes. There are a lot more opportunities for artists to distribute and sell their music now than a decade ago. I strongly believe Rwanda music would penetrate every corner of the world soon,” Ndisanze said.
To become a successful artist in Rwanda, Ndisanze, sharing his secret of success said, the right steps to become a musician and artist in Africa successfully and earn money, are to “Choose and know your genre; Perfect your music skills; be unique; try doing good music covers; write and record your first quality songs; make a video, and create and communicate to the ones that appreciate your music.
Speaking on the challenges being faced in management, Ndisanze said, “the hardest part about representing artists is being patient. If your phone calls are not returned or your emails are not acknowledged, it is not personal, it just means you haven’t developed the perception that you offer something that will improve the other person’s business.”
Over time, Ndisanze, who has achieved a lot in the music industry from various capacities, in his definition of success said, “Success means something different to every musician, but one thing is clear: musical success is no longer, and may never again be, what it used to be.
“For musicians the definition of success is very broad, reflecting the diversity of musicians’ career paths, when people sing your song word for word is simply a great success in music.”
Looking back, Ndisanze said, “I am most thankful for the opportunities given to me by those before me, for all they taught and are still teaching me. I am grateful for being a living witness to the resurgence of Rwandan music on the world stage.”
About Elie Ndisanze;
Full name : Elie Ndisanze was
Date of birth : 01 January 1992
Location : United States of America.
Education : Gisozi primary school in 2009, Lycee de Ruhengeri Secondary School, Kigali Independent University ( ULK ) Kigali Rwanda.
He is the founder of the contest dubbed ‘show me your talent’ on Rwanda Television ( RTV ) which unearths and supports the growth of young musicians to give them a platform to turn them into established artists.
In 2019, Ndisanze relocated to USA where he currently practices and doing digital marketing for various celebrities and companies both in Africa and in the USA.