Israel Mbonyicyambu, popularly known as Israel Mbonyi, a celebrated Rwandan gospel singer, performer, and songwriter has hinted at visiting Kenya.

He wrote on his twitter account, ‘Hello Kenya’ making some speculate that he wants to visit Kenya.

Some asked when the date and venue is as others asked whether it is true he is coming to Kenya.


Since he started his career, he has significantly impacted the gospel music landscape with hits like “Nina Siri,” which is played all over the world.

On May 20, 1992, Mbonyi was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Christian parents.

His early expression of his passion for music encouraged him to pursue it as a career.

Israel Mbonyi has devoted the majority of his professional life to music, but he also possesses a pharmacy degree from India.

He began studying music at a very young age, having received instruction from a music tutor in the Musanze neighbourhood of Ruhangeri City, Rwanda.

On March 10, 2014, he released his first song, “Number One,” along with his debut album of the same name that same year.

Prior to venturing into singing in Swahili in 2023, the most of Israel’s early musical releases were in his native Kinyarwanda. His most well-known song, “Nina Siri,” was his first release in Swahili on June 26, 2023.

With the help of the song, Mbonyi gained recognition both locally and internationally and was exposed to a large number of Swahili-speaking East Africans in Tanzania and Kenya.

Because of ‘Nina Siri’s’ renown, some of his followers, like former vice president Kalonzo Musyoka, believe he is Tanzanian.

“I’ve been watching a young man named Israel Mbonyi; he’s Rwandan but sings like a Tanzanian. He’s really poetic when he sings ‘Nina siri…’ and then ‘jasiri..'” Kalonzo observed during an interview with TV47.

As a professing Christian, Israel Mbonyi’s songs are inspired by his personal relationship with God, Bible reading, and prayer. In a 2022 interview, he mentioned that he listens to different musicians to be inspired.

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