King James


Artist Birtday : 01/04/1990 (Age 29)
Born In : Nyabihu
Occupation(s) : Singer, Songwriter
Genres : AfroBeat, R&B, Traditional

King James Biography

Ruhumuriza was born in 1990 in CHK, Kigali district, Rwanda, the sixth of seven children in a Seventh-day Adventist family. He completed his secondary studies at the French-language Ecole APE Rugunga, and as of 2013 is enrolled at Mount Kenya University where he is working toward a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. As a child he aspired to become a professional football player.

Music career

The music career of King James was launched in 2006 with the release of a single that met with little success. He opened shows for more popular artists for the next several years. The mid-2009 release of his single “Intinyi” attracted critical acclaim and launched his solo career. By the end of 2010, King James had firmly established his popularity as a leading R&B artist, competing for market dominance against Rwandan artists Tom Close, Meddy and The Ben.

The departure of Meddy and The Ben to the United States provided King James with greater exposure and his popularity grew further. He signed to the label Kina Music and released his debut album, Umugisha, in 2011, followed in 2012 by a second album entitled Umuvandimwe. After a temporary lag in popularity in late 2011, the artist enjoyed a resurgence of fame following the release of two widely successful singles, “Ndakwizera” and “Buhoro Buhoro”.


King James was voted Artist of the Year in the 2011 Salax Awards, having previously won the award in the category of Best R&B Artist. In 2012, he won first place in the Primus Guma Guma Super Star annual talent competition. King James from 2013 is one of the Rwandan acts to perform at the Rwanda Day held in London, Netherlands, Atlanta and the latest was in San Francisco last September 2016. In addition to touring widely in Rwanda and the countries of the East African Community, he has performed in the United Kingdom, France and Belgium.

Sangiza Abandi!