President William Ruto has expressed his deep sadness and condolences following the untimely death of renowned music producer and artist Byron Muhando Kivisi, popularly known as Byron Papi.
The president’s heartfelt tribute paid homage to the late producer’s immense talent and contributions to the music industry.
Byron Papi, whose works have left an indelible mark on the Kenyan music scene, passed away at a young age, leaving fans and fellow artists in shock and mourning.
President Ruto shared his memories of Byron and the music world’s loss through a post in a post on X on September 21.
“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 and collected demeanor, 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,” President Ruto wrote in his heartfelt message.
Byron Papi had a prolific career in the music industry, working with numerous artists and contributing to the creation of several chart-topping hits.
His remarkable production skills, innovative approach, and dedication to his craft earned him respect and admiration throughout the music community.
President Ruto’s message also offered solace to Byron Papi’s family, friends, and fans, acknowledging the profound impact the late producer had on their lives. “To the family, friends, and his fans, accept our sincere condolences. Rest In Peace, Byron,” the president concluded.
The news of Byron Papi’s passing has sparked an outpouring of tributes and condolences from fans, fellow musicians, and industry insiders.
Many have highlighted the enduring legacy of his music and his significant role in shaping Kenya’s music scene especially around the Gengengetone genre.
As the mourning for the loss of Byron Papi continues, his music will undoubtedly continue to resonate with fans and inspire future generations of artists.