Rwandan singer suspends concerts in Burundi over security concerns

By Samson Iradukunda
On 28 December 2018 at 11:22

Rwandan singer Medard Ngabo ’Meddy’ has suspended two concerts he was expected to grace in Burundi citing security concerns and postponed them until further notice.

Meddy had been invited as the main performer in two festive concerts that were slated to take place in Bujumbura, Burundi.

The first show was scheduled to take place on December 29, at Boulevard de l’Uprona with another one at Le Costa Beach the following day.

Concerts had been advertised and tickets were being sold in Bujumbura.

Reports on the postponing of Meddy’s concerts started circulating when, last week, a message went viral on Facebook written by one Gatoto Egide Mathias, warning that the day Meddy steps in Burundi ’they will kill him’.

The message that was intended to youth members of CNDD FDD, the Political Party in power in Burundi, known as Imbonerakure, went as far as accusing Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame of causing poverty to Burundi adding that the artist would go to Burundi to add to poverty that is already a threat to the lives of Burundians.

The message posted in a public Facebook group, Humura Burundi loosely translates as " Greetings to you Imbonerakure [youth members of CNDD FDD], Kagame keeps provoking us. Now let us show him how we have gone mad and catch his dog and kill him. He (Meddy) is coming to cause us more poverty, making it worse for us."

The post raised fears among lovers of Meddy’s music and other music lovers who wished to celebrate festive times in neighboring Burundi though the organizers of Meddy’s shows said that they had spoken to Meddy and assured him of his security and that officials of Bujumbura City had agreed to provide special policemen to guarantee his security while in Burundi.

However, on Thursday, the management of the artist issued a statement announcing the postponement of the singer’s two concerts due to security concerns.

"To our dear fans, Meddy’s management is sad to announce that we will unfortunately have to postpone our upcoming shows in Burundi due to security concerns," the announcement by Meddy’s Management reads in part.

"To everyone who bought tickets, we appreciate you so much, you will be reimbursed, we hope partying with you soon," the statement adds.

Meddy’s concerts have been postponed after another Rwandan singer, Bruce Melodie decided to suspend his two shows in Gitega and Bujumbura also citing fear for his life in Burundi. He was replaced by Kidumu, a Burundian star singer in a show he had to grace on Christmas.