27 November 2012

Rwanda: Dream Boys Up Their Game

The 'dream Boys' are one of Rwanda's hottest music groups and the two childhood friends insist it's not about fun but a business as well.

Better known by their stage name, Platini Neme and Claude Mujanama have been around each other since they were kids with their strong passion for music pushing them to form the group three years ago.

They started their music career in 2009, when they also launched their first album 'Si Inzika.' To the boys, it still stands out as a magic moment.

"It was the first launch we did, but we were overwhelmed by the attendance and everything. It is the most successful launch we have had, we had no idea it would be that big," Neme reminisces.

The duo writes their own songs and has so far worked with different producers from Rwanda and Uganda. "What we write about depends on what we go through in our lives, the challenges we meet and the mishaps surrounding our communities," Neme explains.

They may only have just graduated from university, and been on the music scene for just a couple of years, but they are well on their way to achieve their dream.

"When we decided to sing together, we had no proper plan as to exactly what kind of music we would be playing, we basically had no dream until we put our heads together and realized we both liked RnB but with a bit of Afro, and so we settled for that."

They had found their dream, and Dream Boys were born. The first album put them in the limelight and before they knew it, their songs were hitting the airwaves.

This encouraged them to even work harder, and before long they were ready to launch their second album, 'Dufitanye Isano.' Which came out in 2011, but Neme admits it didn't get as much attention as the first one.

"The second one was good but the first one is still the best launch we have had, it is an unforgettable memory."

Nevertheless, they have made their name even regionally, as is shown by the two international collaborations they did - 'No one like me' with Ugandan Eddie Kenzo and 'Nzagaruka' with Burundian T-Max.

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