Rwanda’s famous Rastafarian, Aloys Karamuheto, a.k.a Bongoman, died on October 30, at the age of 54, after a short battle with malaria, a close friend to the deceased said.
Bongoman passed away from CHUK Hospital, in Kigali, where he was admitted for a month.
He is survived by three children, Makeda, Gicari and Jeffrey. Bongoman was famous as an energetic performer, who spiced up his concerts with vigorous reggae dance moves and pinches of showmanship.
The former presenter on Radio 10 staged electrifying performances during the recent presidential campaigns and FESPAD.
“Bongoman had a big heart. He loved his country so much and was nice to everyone. We have missed a great musician, father, and friend,” Tony Gatete, a local artist.
Bongoman was born in the Western Province, but grew up from the Southern part of the country (formerly Nyanza). He was the elder brother to the former First Lady Séraphine Bizimungu.
Famous in Kenya as the father of Rastafarianism, Bongoman was currently based in United States of America.
He was buried on Sunday at Remera cemetery.