Luo benga artiste Omondi Long’lilo dies of cancer
ARTS & CULTURE | By Japheth Ogila and Isaiah Gwengi | June 16th 2020
It is yet another blow to music fans as Kenya mourns popular Benga artiste Erick Omondi (above) who died of cancer in Bondo, Siaya County on Tuesday morning.
The death of the ex-member of the legendary Nabi Kings Band popularly referred to by his fans as "Long Lilo" has gutted his fans.
The 37-year-old father of three died at 4:30 am while undergoing treatment at Bondo Sub-County Hospital.
His wife Goretty Awino and family spokesperson Olima Gondi confirmed the death.
Long Lilo thrilled his fans with his husky voice and engaging lyrics during his prime days when he sang alongside Osito Kalle, another legendary Luo Benga icon who trained him.
Some of his hit songs include Goretti Awino, Were wuod Ogalo, Okoth Mang’ang’a, Kong’o shida, Anita Nyausonga , Thomas Mwaya and any more. In his song Japuonj, Omondi praises Osito Kalle for his ability to nurture other singers like himself, Odhiambo Tusker, Aluoch Pamba, Atommy Sifa, Ogina Koko (currently Ramogi FM presenter) and many others.
Odhiambo Tusker after graduating from the hands of Osito composed a hit song Jopuonj, a piece which praised the efforts of teachers in the society and received widespread acclamation among the Luo fan base.
Osito who mentored them also starred with other songs such as Lesna buoyo ma wiye, Asembo piny maber, Jaber jaula and much more.
Long’Lilo was reportedly ill with cancer for a long time and at some point was appealing for medical help.
His death comes barely a week after Luo Ohangal fans were shocked with the sudden death of Abenny Jachiga who died in Kisumu abruptly and was buried with less than 48 yours against the wishes of his fans.
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