The New Times (Kigali)

4 December 2012

Rwanda: Tributes Pour in for Fallen Artiste Hirwa

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The late Henry Hirwa, middle, with his bandmates.

HUNDREDS of fans continue to pay tribute to the late Henry Hirwa of the KGB (Kigali Boys) music group, who drowned in Lake Muhazi last Saturday.

The singer, who died on a day he had gone on a picnic with friends, will be laid to rest tomorrow at Rusororo public cemetery after a requiem mass at Regina Pacis in Remera at 1p.m.

Fans, friends and celebrities alike have taken to Facebook and Twitter to honour the 27-year-old artiste.

Emotional tributes continue to pour in on Hirwa's official Facebook fan page.

On Sunday, Miss Rwanda 2012 Aurore Kayibanda Mutesi, the sister to the deceased, wrote, "There is always a reason for everything. I thank you Lord Father for everything and especially for giving me a special brother, Henry. Cherie, as you always said, Rasta never dies.

"I know you will always be there for me as you promised and I will do my best to do everything you wanted me to do. I love you and for me you're still alive".

Austin Tosh Luwano, a local singer, wrote, "I don't know want to say...Henry I even don't want to say R.I.P because I don't want to believe it."

Jean de Dieu Ndahiriwe, a fan, posted, "RIP Henry Hirwa, praying for strengths to those left behind."

Gaston Rurangwa, a.k.a Skizzy, a member of KGB, the R&B group, which Hirwa joined in 2003, wrote, "Henry, my young brother, you were always there for me, fed me when I was hungry, gave me water when I was thirsty, you clothed me in the cold. There is nothing you ever failed to provide me with when you could."

You were there for me when I was admitted at King Faysal Hospital after I had an accident and you made sure I received the best treatment and attention from the doctors.

"You've left too soon. Your family was expecting a lot from you and I'll never forget all the good things you did for me."

R&B sensation Tom Close, wrote, "Rest in Peace brother. We'll all take that journey one day, may the Almighty receive you among His own children."

Music producer Davydenko, also posted, "H-Wow, you've left us. It's really sad because I had plans of working on a song with KGB. Now we're going to do it without you. R.I.P"

The singer, known by his stage name H-Wow, had travelled to the Eastern Province for a picnic with his friends but hell broke loose when they decided to play volleyball in the lake.

"Initially our plan was to play volleyball in the playing field but we ended up taking the game to the shores of the lake," said one of the 17 colleagues who had gone for the picnic with the deceased.

"When we went to pick up some drinks, Hirwa stayed behind and we didn't realise he was missing, until someone asked where he'd gone," added another.

When his friends noticed he was missing, they embarked on a search and later discovered that he had already drowned in the lake. They tried to save him but with little success. He was then rushed to Rwamagana Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Shortly, news of his death spread on the social networking sites, as tributes to the fallen singer flooded Twitter and Facebook.

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