A few days ago, a celebrity website published a story alleging that Meddy and The Ben would be jetting in the country in December in preparation for a mega concert.
Whether the story was true or not is not the point, but what is for sure is that these two lads are greatly missed, at least going by the reaction to this piece of news.
Their departure was treated by many as a blow to Rwanda’s music industry and rightly so. The Ben and Meddy’s tight grip to fame as far as music is concerned was self-manifested in various ways including their ever surging popularity at the time. Yet, there was another group of people who breathed a sigh of relief when the duo left the country.
Arguably one of those recipients was King James who was struggling with making a mark in the music industry without much success. Others in this group included Tom Close. Although he had featured The Ben severally in his songs, the latter was overtaking him at an uncontrollable velocity.
In retrospect, people have always pondered what would have happened had the two decided to remain here. The obvious prediction is that they would have dominated the charts and airwaves, but a different scenario awaits them if they decide to make a sensational comeback.
Already, groups such as Urban Boyz, Dream Boyz, TNP and TBB have perfectly established themselves and besides, their absence has only aided them to fade from their fans’ memories as opposed to being missed.
Meddy and The Ben released a song entitled Ndi uw’i Kigali, which literally translates to “I belong to Kigali,” further fuelling speculations that the two may be heading for a dramatic comeback after all.
Yet as the news might be a rumor more than anything else, their return would be a major boost for the music industry whose fire is slowly dying out. The competition, the zeal and zest that marked Rwandan showbiz during their time would be an interesting scenario to closely monitor. Just imagine if Primus Guma Guma Guma Super Star was to feature these two alongside other kingpins like Urban Boyz, Knowless and the rest.
Most interesting to watch would be how the two would cope with the stiff competition that has come with the ever talented budding musicians such as Bruce Melody, Elion Victory, Christopher or even Jules Sentore. Whatever the outcome would be, it would be of direct benefit to Rwandan music industry and showbiz in general.