The Good Ones are a trio from Kigali, the impoverished capital city of Rwanda. Adrien Kazigira, Stany Hitimana, and Jeanvier Havugimana are all survivors of the Rwandan genocide.
Their debut album, Kigali Y' Izahabu, was recorded in one night and released in the late fall of 2010 by Dead Oceans (who donated a portion of the proceeds to various Rwandan humanitarian organizations). Kazigira wrote eight of the album's 12 songs. The trio plays two acoustic guitars -- one functions as a bass (because it was missing its two top strings on the night the record was cut) -- and employs harmony vocals and organic percussion. Essentially a field recording, Kigali Y' Izahabu was recorded and produced by Ian Brennan, who has worked with Richard Thompson and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, among others. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi