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Birth name  Ruth Nirere
Occupation(s)  Singer
Years active  1998-present
Genres  R&B, traditional
Instruments  Vocals
Origin  Rwanda
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Movies  The Day God Walked Away, Grey Matter
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Miss Shanel, born Ruth Nirere, is a Rwandan singer and actress.


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Early years

She began singing as a child and released two successful singles while a secondary school student, both meant to comfort and commemorate the survivors and victims of the Rwandan Genocide. Her songs are regularly played during the annual Genocide commemoration period, and in 2004 she won the "Never Again" competition to select the best commemoration artist.

Musical career

She had a major hit in 1998 at the age of 13 with the zouk tune "Ndarota!" off her debut album of the same name released earlier that year. In 2004 she released two a cappella singles to wide success, raising her to national celebrity. Her music during this period reflected a mix of genres, including R&B, soul, zouk and acoustic music.

In 2009 she released her debut album, entitled Narrow Road. This album and her subsequent music reflect more traditional Rwandan musical styles. She has collaborated on singles with numerous Rwandan, Kenyan and Ugandan artists.

In 2012 she gave a series of performances for Rwandan peacekeepers stationed in Darfur, South Sudan.

In 2013 she moved to France to complete a two-year course in vocal performance.


Miss Shanel has been nominated three times for a Pearl of Africa Music Award in 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 2009 she won a Salax Award in the category of Best Female Artist.

Acting career

In addition to her musical career, Nirere has launched a successful career as an actress. She starred in the films Avenir, Long Coat directed by Edouard Bamporiki and Matière grise directed by Kivu Ruhorahoza. She starred in Le jour ou Dieu est parti en voyage (2009), which recounts stories of the Rwandan Genocide. Nirere's performance earned her the prize for Best Actress at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in Greece and at the International Film Festival Bratislava in Slovakia. In 2011 she starred in the Rwandan film Grey Matter that deals with the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda.


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