Kinyarwanda TTS: Using a multi-speaker dataset to build a Kinyarwanda TTS modelDownload PDF

Published: 03 Mar 2023, Last Modified: 20 Apr 2023AfricaNLP 2023Readers: Everyone
Keywords: TTS, text to speech, low-ressrouces language, kinyarwanda, bible
TL;DR: We use a multi-speaker bible dataset to create kinyarwanda TTS model
Abstract: The field of text-to-speech (TTS) technology has been rapidly advancing in recent years, and has become an increasingly important aspect of our lives. This presents an opportunity for Africa, especially in facilitating access to information to many vulnerable socio-economic groups. However, the lack of availability of high-quality datasets is a major hindrance. In this work, we create a dataset based on recordings of the Bible. Using an existing Kinyarwanda speech-to-text model we were able to segment and align the speech and the text, and then created a multi-speaker Kinyarwanda TTS model.
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