Singer Yvan Buravan laid to rest

On 24 August 2022 at 03:49

Rwandan singer Burabyo Yvan alias Yvan Buravan has been laid to rest in a somber ceremony bringing together Rwandans from different walks including relatives, friends and members of the music fraternity, government officials and diplomats among others.

Buravan passed on in the wee hours of 17th August 2022 succumbing to pancreatic cancer.

After the final farewell at parents’ home in Nyamirambo and church service at Remera Anglican Church, the casket carrying his remains was taken to Rusororo graveyard for burial.

As he led the church service, Rev Past Antoine Rutayisire used Bible verses in Psalms: 90 to comfort mourners and reminded them to be always prepared and lead life-driven purpose because everyone is a passenger.

He praised songs of Buravan noting that they were meaningful and conveyed constructive messages to the society.

Buravan’s family described him as a kind-hearted person whose heart had no room for jealousy but always strived to live in harmony with others and would apologize whenever he committed a mistake.

His cousin identified as Alain said that Buravan socialized with everyone irrespective of their age groups. He said that his legacy will continue to live on and wished him to rest in eternal peace.

His burial was preceded by a night to commemorate his life that brought together fans, relatives, government officials and envoys accredited to Rwanda among others at Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village (KCEV).

The Minister of Youth and Culture, Rosemary Mbabazi who was present at the event said that the country lost an important person whose life was characterized by humility.

“He was a son of God. We thank parents for having raised him with good manners. He exhibited special humility, which is uncommon to people who become super stars. Buravan was a pride to our nation and the African continent. The youth can emulate his values of patriotism and love God who let him come into being in Rwanda,” she said.

Buravan was an R&B, Soul and Afrobeat musician. Some of his hit songs include ’Si Belle’, ’Garagaza’, ’Oya’ and Just a dance among others. He started his music career in 2009 until 2015 when he had a major breakout in 2016.

Buravan is the winner of the Prix Découvertes RFI 2018 contest, an annual competition involving artistes from across Africa.

He is the last child born to Michael Burabyo and Elizabeth Uwikunda. Buravan attended primary studies at Le Petit Prince before pursuing secondary education at Amis des Enfants and La Colombière before joining the College of Business and Economics- University of Rwanda, to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Information and Technology.