Rwanda’s artist Yvan Buravan has died at the age of 27 succumbing to pancreatic cancer in India according to an announcement made by his management made this Wednesday morning.
“It is with unimaginable sadness that we announce to you the untimely passing of our beloved Yvan Buravan, which occurred in India where he was undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.”
“His loss will be immensely felt by his family and friends and throughout our industry. We are certain that our community will remain united, as we go through this unspeakable tragedy,” Said his management in a statement.
Yvan Dushime Burabyo was born in May 1995, he started his music career in 2009 under his stage name Yvan Buravan. Buravan went to ECOLE LE PETIT PRINCE, college Amis des Enfants and La Colombiere for primary and secondary before joining University of Rwanda, College of Business Information and Technology (BIT).
He was an R&B, Afrobeat singer and songwriter whose talent earned him legions of fans and accolades. He started out participating in talent shows in 2009 and 2012, his voice mesmerising judges, before embarking on a solo career.
Buravan was the first Rwandan musician to have won the Prix Decouvertes RFI music award in 2018. His first hit song, ‘ Urwo Ngukunda,` came out in 2015 featuring Uncle Austin, who is credited for introducing him to the mainstream music scene but his second song ‘‘MALAIKA“ released in 2016 that made him a big super star.
Burava released his debut album, ‘’ THE LOVE LAB“ in the year 2018 after winning the Prix Decouvertes RFI musical. As part of his winning package, he made a tour to 12 African countries, making it his first tour.
On his career, he had released over 30 songs which include : Gusaakara, Tiku Tiku, With you, Heaven, Bindimo, Si Belle, Just a Dance, Oya and his very last song ‘’ Big Time“ which was released in June, among others.