President William Ruto has mourned the death of Gengetone producer and artiste Byron Muhando Kivisi alias Byron Papi.
In a heartfelt tribute on his official X account formely Twitter, the president eulogized the late as a calm and collected individual and above all a talented producer.
President Ruto recalled the first encounter with Byron Papi, which transpired during a music recording session for the hit song 'Sipangwingwi' at his Karen residence back when he was the Deputy President.
"Deeply saddened by the death of music producer and artist Byron Muhando Kivisi. Byron was first introduced to me by music sensation Xray during a music recording session of the hit song 'Sipangwingwi' at the Deputy President’s residence in Karen," he wrote in part.
"I recall with fondness his calm and collected demeanour, but more importantly his immense talent that made him an acclaimed music producer. It is disheartening that we have lost Byron at a prime age. We are comforted by the fact that his works of art will live on," he added.
Deeply saddened by the death of music producer and artist Byron Muhando Kivisi. Byron was first introduced to me by music sensation Xray during a music recording session of the hit song Sipangwingwi at the Deputy President’s residence in Karen.
I recall with fondness his calm… pic.twitter.com/EtqaQ0aZ34— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) September 21, 2023
The President expressed his profound sadness at the untimely loss of Byron Papi, who passed away at a prime age.
He extended his condolences to the grieving family, friends, and devoted fans, acknowledging that the legacy of Byron's artistic works would endure for generations to come.
Among Byron's notable productions were the hits 'Sipangwingwi' and 'Usherati', which have been chart-topping anthems in their own right.