Dream boys to launch third album saturday:
Dream Boys, which is arguably one of the best local music groups, will launch their third album on October 10 at the parking lot of the "Petit Stade" in Remera. The album titled "Uzambarize Mama" will feature 10 songs including brand new ones like "Warambiwe Vuba" and "Nfite Inyota" and old ones like current hit "Jugujugu" and the lead track "Uzambarize Mama". They also feature Ugandan afro-beat singer "Eddie Kenzo in the song "No One Like You" and local Hip-hop artist Jay Polly in "Sinzahinduka", a song that has been on airwaves for a couple of weeks but is yet to make an impression like their earlier collaborations.
The group made of "Platini Nemeye" and "TMC" (real name Claude Mujyanama) launched its first album in 2010 after just one year in music business and followed it up a year later with their successful "Dufitanye Isano" album. The Saturday show, according to Platini will largely be live music and tickets will sell at Rwf2000 while students with school IDs will pay Rwf1, 000 to enter the show that will start 5.00 in the evening. "Preparations are heavily underway to make sure people enjoy the show greatly," says Platini. "The guest performers are making rehearsals to put up energetic performances and there will also be lots of surprises fans must look out." The album was largely recorded by Uganda producer Rinex of Power Records in Uganda, the young producer who recorded songs for regional artists like Bebe Cool. Local producer Lick Lick worked on some songs also before relocating to USA.
Will they deliver?
Much as the duo should be congratulated for keeping up such consistency in the local music industry and one should again worry whether their upcoming show will turn out as good as expected.
The show comes at a time when about 80% of the big shows that happen in Rwanda are album launches with almost everything in them similar.
Two of the latest album launches for example, being R&B singer Tom Close's and one of female rapper Paccy, had almost the same performers, singing the same songs in both shows in the same venue; neither was attended as expected.
"These days you go to a show expecting to meet artists who performed somewhere in town about a week ago and at another show two weeks back and yet they have nothing new to present," says Aime Nsengiyumva, a former showbiz journalist and CEO of Satelite magazine.
"That is the reason why people notably have reduced attendance to music events that don't have foreign artists performing- because the only difference is the name of the artist launching the album."
Most of the shows use play-back, where artists sing alongside their CD with no efforts like put in live performances. Good news is that events' organisers are steadily shifting from play-back to live music after the former met strong criticisms from local fans. Local live shows however turn out disastrous at some points or entirely, as the music systems are often terrible and the performers themselves don't have enough skills in live performances. Some of the long awaited shows start late because of endless testing of instruments and sometimes fail in course of the show and they turn to play back music. At some cases, artists on the flyers and jingos do not turn-up for the show or turn up late and fail to perform because "the Police has closed the show" because exceeding closing time agreed on with organisers. In a last weekend scenario, at a smaller and indoor "Black Party", awaited performers did not turn-up yet the guests had paid the tickets to enter, clad in black attires. At a simple glance at the red carpet to the entrance, the music in the new venue- upstairs of the new Nyarugenge market, and expected performers like Urban Boys, even the by-passers must have been stirred to buy tickets without questions.
The ticket salespersons however left the place shortly after midnight and everyone else just entered with no charges, killing the spirit on the Black attire. Some parties however turn out amazing, including the White Party which was organized few months ago in the 2020 Estates. Dream Boys also are keen on making sure that such common mistakes are collected and they promise a vigorous live presentation. They bring with them seasoned performer Makanyaga, formerly of the Impala Band which "made wonders" in the 1980's in full live performances of their cultural blues. Artists with credible vocals like Bruce Melody will also be available. The duo also explain that though the performers expected to grace the concert are largely the same big local artists like Jay Polly, Uncle Austin, Kitoko...., the show will be full of surprises from each of them. The Dream Boys pair has already contracted one of the experienced sound systems in Kigali to make a difference, and secured sponsorship from companies like Bank Populaire, brewer Bralirwa and telecommunications firm Tigo for its show.
Billboards publicizing the show have been flying high all over town and Jingos playing on radio for some time.
The good news is that Dream Boys' live performances have never been disappointing, as demonstrated in their performances at the Primus GumaGuma shows.
They have also been able to produce hit after hit, and performing their latest collection of the hits will well spice up the show.