Who says music isn’t profitable in Rwanda? Thomas Muyombo alias Tom Close, an R&B star turned medical practitioner, has unveiled his freshly completed mansion costing millions in Bugesera District’s Karumuna area.
The estate was designed by Johnson Rwabigwi, a renowned structure designer, and it’s a show-stopping mansion appropriate for a legendary musician like Tom Close.
It’s a massive edifice with a swimming pool, security cameras, a modern kitchen, four bathrooms, two living rooms, five bedrooms, an office, and a view of the Nyabarongo Valley, which divides the Kicukiro and Bugesera districts.
Tom Close declined to give the exact cost of the freshly completed mammoth project, which spans 789 square meters, but did explain what it takes to construct such a home to KTPRESS.
“Everyone goes through a period of wasting,” Tom Close explains, “but once you set a goal for yourself and set out to attain it, you start to do things.”
The singer has already moved into his mansion, where he lives alongside fellow Kina music artists such as Knowless Butera and his husband Clement Ishimwe, as well as soccer professionals.
Tom Close joins the likes of King James, Platini P, and others who own multimillion-dollar estates.
The megastructure’s construction began in 2018, but according to Tom Close, the project consumed a large portion of his salary and savings over a four-year period, but it was well worth it.
Career as a musician
Tom Close began singing in church choirs when he was in fourth grade, and in 2005, while attending Lycee De Kigali, he established the Afro-Saints with four pals.
In May 2008, he released his debut album, ‘Kuki.’ Between 2008 and 2013, he released four more albums: Sibeza, Ntibanyurwa, KomezaUtsinde, and Mbabarira Ugaruke.
Tom Close’s musical style has been defined as Afrobeat, Dancehall, Pop, and R&B with an African twist. Sean Kingston (USA), Radio, and Weasel are just some of the Rwandan, regional, and international artists with whom he has collaborated (Uganda).