Thomas Kirusu, a traditional singer, died at age 80, in Nyanza, but his music will survive for years.
Born in Nyanza, Southern Province, Kirusu was among the few surviving traditional artists in the country.
“The country has lost one of the most talented traditional artists. Kirusu was my all time favourite traditional singer. His music was unique, and the lyrics were composed in the original Kinyarwanda,” The Head of Language and Culture at the Ministry of Culture Stellarton Nsanzebaganwa told The New Times.
“Watching Kirusu playing his guitar was incredibly amazing, and so was his voice and music,” Pierre Hakizimana, an ardent fan of Kirusu said.
“My late father told me what a nice guy Kirusu was, and how he respected those around him. Kirusu is in Heaven now and I am sure the two have met again.”
Anthony Shaban, a music teacher, who knew the deceased 10 years ago, said that Kirusu was a hitmaker from early 70s to late 80s, and enjoyed most of his music.
“He was a hardworking man, and taught many people his music genre, including his daughter, Sophia Nzayisenga, who is now among the best traditional singers,” Shaban said.
Kirusu recorded several classics – including “Umugabo w’inganzwa”, “Ikigwiti”, “Kamananga”, and many others about HIV/AIDS.
The burial that was held yesterday in Muhanga was organised by the Ministry of Culture and Sports.