The fourth edition of the country’s biggest singing competition, Primus Guma Guma Super Star, is just around the corner and Rwandan artists are already on their toes in great anticipation.
As usual ten established musicians will be selected to compete against each other for a four-month duration. But still doubts have started being cast over the one issue that was going to obviously prop up – that of the maximum number of appearances an artist can make in the competition.
In 2013 when the third edition was being officially launched, rumors had run rampant that artists who will be voted for three consecutive times but fail to win it will no longer be given a chance to participate in future editions. Urban Boyz and Dream Boyz perfectly fall in that category. The two groups have participated in the last three editions but have never won it. Knowless Butera will be making her third consecutive appearance (if she gets nominated) while Danny Nanone and Kamichi have all made two appearances each.
If the move is endorsed then it would mean Urban Boyz and Dream Boyz will be locked out a subject that has raised much debate. One artist who chose to remain anonymous and who backs the move told rwandashow.com that young artists deserve to be given a chance as well to shine just like their predecessors.
He said, “If you have the same faces in each edition of Primus Guma Guma Super Star, then how well it does serve in promoting our music as the organizers claim? We need to see new faces. If someone has failed to do convince their fans in three years, what chance to they have to do it now?”
But still those opposed to the move argue that it doesn’t matter how many times an artist will participate as long as they are appreciated by their fans and the public in general. They further point out that some musicians have dominated the entertainment scene so much that it would be preposterous to omit them given the publicity and revenues that are stake.