Music does not only play a key role in soothing the hearts of the millions who were affected by the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, but it also helps preserve the memory of the victims, whose names are etched in the songs.
Regional artistes have also joined Rwandans to commemorate through messages of hope and encouragement using their social media platforms.
Tanzanian sensational Alikiba took to twitter to express that “he stands with Rwanda” as the country remembers over one million people killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
The Aje singer has in the past performed in Rwanda and expressed his admiration for the country and the progress it has made.
Ugandan singer Jose Chameleon also used his Instagram account to console Rwandans. “April 7, 1994- 23 years after our sister nation Rwanda suffered from a genocide that left wounds. Only forgiveness, love and unity can heal. God bless your nation and its people,” he posted before tagging his counterpart Deejay Pius, and the Rwandan President.
Uganda-based-Rwandan songstress Lilian Mbabazi, posted on her Instagram page: “Rwanda remembers #NeverAgain #Kwibuka23.”
U.S-based-Rwandan artistes also made use of the social media pages to send commemoration messages back home, with The Ben posting “Forget not your past…”, while Meddy Ngabo had no kind words for the International community.
“In our greatest hour of need, the world failed us, #Hora Rwanda #neveragain #kwibuka23 My Rwanda always,” he posted.
Ugandan singer Ykee Benda of the Munakampala fame, expressed his solidarity with his Rwandan brothers and sisters.
“My love is with you….NEVER AGAIN!!!! #Rwanda,” he posted on his Instagram page.