By Chantal Bashal
Ahead of the 27th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, artistes and choirs have been showing their empathy to all Rwandans by delivering messages of comfort.
In a new song “Wagaruye Umucyo” (translated “You brought back the light,”), Jehovah-Jireh choir has added their voice to s number of fellow artistes in speaking encouragement to the country at such a time as this.
The song carries a message that Christ has brought back light in Rwanda, and healing to the people.
It was composed of ULK Post Cepiens, a good number of whom experienced the tragedy with their own eyes and survived it.
“During the Genocide, many of us were still young. There was no hope for life then, but we thank God for being on our side, and raised us up, even though some of us are orphans. When we see the works of God in the country and in our choir, we are reminded that God raises children even in the absence of parents,” said Aloys Bikorimana, one of the members of the executive committee of the Choir.
“We faced a dark past in which innocent people cried out without any help, babies cried without comfort, because the people who were supposed to intervene were no longer there because they were all massacred. But we thank God for bringing us through, and being our support,” he added.
Jehovah Jireh Choir’s beginning can be traced in 1998, starting as a group of students of Kigali Independent University (ULK) at Saint Paul.
The group got its name “Jehovah Jireh” in 2005.
The choir became more popular in 2010 after its debut album titled, “Ingoma ya Yesu Ntizahanguka.” The album was composed of popular songs like Gumamo and Kugira ifeza.
Every year during the commemoration, Jehovah Jireh produces a song to encourage Rwandans, and thank God for the post-Genocide reconstruction journey.