Bruce Melodie Challenged to Compose Genocide Song
28 April 2021
[Photo Credit: The New Times]
By Kinyua Mwangi
The 1994 Rwandan Genocide will remain etched deep into the hearts of Rwandans and the history of this great East African country. A good number of artistes have recorded and released songs talking of the genocide in different ways.
What’s common in all the songs released by these artistes is to always remain peaceful and let harmony be the hallmark of all communities in Rwanda. Now, a fan took up RnB crooner Bruce Melodie to compose a song that touches on the Rwanda genocide that saw 800,000 lives lost in the most inhumane way.
The fan, Frank Emba told Bruce to use his musical power to change lives and educate people on the ideologies to adopt regarding the historical Rwandan genocide.
“Thanks Bruce, you will always be the best, but we need a song that can transform some of the people with genocide ideology. Think about it please. Last, what do you think is not yet done or can be done to fight against genocide ideology? Thank you I love you for sure,” he said.
Meanwhile, Clarisse Karasira recently released a patriotic song calling for the same and urging Rwandans to always stay true to the ideals of harmony and togetherness. ‘Umutima W'u Rwanda’ is a benchmark on what patriotism should be about for Rwandans.
‘Umutima W'u Rwanda’ borrows heavily from the aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan genocide that took 800,000 lives in a period of 100 days. Talented singing duo Pleasant and Precious have also released a cover song for ‘Never Again’ which is all about the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.
‘Never Again’ is melancholic but exudes greatness in its message. Sadness fills the beginning of the song. You can feel the anguish; pain and regret in the tone and the whole setting with two candles lit in a dark room as Precious and Pleasant don black attires to signify the weight of the genocide.