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When Tom Close came out as first winner of Rwanda’s leading music competition, Primus Guma Guma Super Star (PGGSS), in 2011, it wasn’t a surprise for many.

He is the man who spearheaded Rwanda’s contemporary, and surely most celebrated, music genres; and his work remain a collection of what perhaps acted as eye-opener to most artists who emerged in the last decade. His music and strength, especially during his lengthy years at university, inspired many, particularly the young who aspired for solo careers in music.

Tom Close released a new song a few days ago (on Friday, 17 October): “Uramutse Wemeye”. It is a combination of his current cords and, perhaps, where he needs to look, but pretty much his old soul.

In many ways, it reminded me of the 2009 hit-song ‘Ndacyagukunda’ which, to me, was a masterpiece.

A multi-talented artist and trained medical doctor who still manages to remain relevant to the artistic industry, Tom Close (or Thomas Muyombo) turns 29 next week (he was born on 28 October 1986). He will celebrate a happy man – with his wife, Tricia, their one-year old little daughter, Ella, and his growing artistry.

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