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Roses in the Wind: Rwandan artists sailing through the troubled waters of Stardom

Author: Marie Clemence Cyiza Uwimanimpaye
On:12/10/2020 18:04
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Rose flowers may even attract the Princess, they are so beautiful and glowing that you would not imagine them disappearing, but in a few days they wither away leaving just dry petals that cannot even show how good they looked like before.

Rose flowers may even attract the Princess, they are so beautiful and glowing that you would not imagine them disappearing, but in a few days they wither away leaving just dry petals that cannot even show how good they looked like before.

It would not be far from truth if one uses this statement on Rwandan artists, who have risen up to stardom with a promising career, with all the hopes that the Rwandan society will get Ambassadors that would take it to nations, but in a span of years, they wither away.

                           

                                                   Where are they?

Their rise to stardom paints a positive picture in the music industry, suffice to say; be able to move one ladder of stardom to another in ascending order, along the way another curve-the descending curve takes over their journey going back to ashes, disappearing like dew in the morning sun.

I’m just saying that in like between six and ten years, our artists shine but when it comes to moving to the next level, they are taken up by ‘shadow’ fame the stardom slaps upton their face and in that way they start parading around as if they don’t have any progress to make.

Not much to judge but they’ve been a time when I used to have a conversation with upcoming artists (some of them are shinning stars today), they used to say that all they wanted in this music industry was just to shine and become “big stars”. Few could say they’re dreaming about becoming international artists like Jay Z, Rihanna, Beyonce, Selena Gomez you name it.

Wait, did I say it right? “Big stars”? Oh yeah that’s the most mistake many Rwandan artists do. Most of them dabbled as young artists and when they’re supposed to start seeing it clearly they fly down.

Danny Nanone, Riderman, Bull Dog, King James, Oda Paccy, Elliony Victory, Naason, Allioni could be among other simple examples of those artists who could fly Rwandan flag internationally.                                           Urban boys when safi Madiba was still around 

Safi starred from Urban Boys; Platini from Dream Boys and Derek from Active. But why does it have to be like this? Why should a solo artist have to raise to stardom at the cost of a group-the groups have to break to have artists rise.

Bruce Melody and Knowless (even if she’s no longer shinning as she used to be) are the ones who are still sparkling.

                     

                                    Knowless and Bruce Melody 

So many artists have drained down to a failed music career but few have managed to find their way back to stardom. Is Rafiki coming back in the game? Lets wait and see.

               

                                     king of choga style"Rafiki" 

Truly, most of our artists are busy in comings and goings.

It’s hard to believe that, today, PGGSS (Primus Guma Guma Super Star) winners are hard to be found as if they reached the unreachable point.

After they’ve been spotted by PGGSS, they took a lasting relaxing vacation.

I can’t say that things will be better- when pigs fly. Maybe those young and really talented upcoming artists will make a very big difference: Bushali, Alyn Sano, Yvan Buravan you name it.

Some decided to go abroad to see if being a diaspora artist could work for them but frankly speaking, I don’t know what to say at this point.

I know this much, it could be a tough row to hoe, but a very good artist could defy the whole world just to get what they want: Becoming international artist and much more.

Let’s say that in few days they would not be any room for the dilettante in this showbusiness. So, let it be.




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