An array of Kenyan entertainers will lead a two-day memorial show in remembrance of Bruce Odhiambo, the former Youth Fund boss who died at the Nairobi hospital last year after a long battle with heart-related complications.
From iconic singers whom he discovered, recorded, nurtured and inspired to friends who stood with him to create a vibrant showbiz scene, entertainers will be joining family and friends to celebrate the producer’s life in a Nairobi staged show that will be streamed live to the rest of the world.
Mercy Myra, Makadem, DJ Pierra, Gogosimo Band, JuaCali, Talia Oyando, H_Art the Band, Ken wa Maria and Princess Jully are part of the lineup. Others include Pitson, Teargas the Entertainer, Walter ‘Nyambane’ Mong’are, Meg C, Abbas Dobeez, Daddy V, Amos and Josh, Safari Sounds Band and Fanaka.
Bruce suffered a massive heart attack and was being monitored in the ICU facility of Nairobi Hospital – that after his pacemaker had been replaced in India. According to medical reports, medics were unable to perform dialysis during their last effort to try to secure his life as his heart was too weak. According to the reports, his BP was unstoppable as it had been affected by the poor state of his pacemaker. He died on January 7.
The Johari Clef founder, a music production stable that is responsible for the success of most Kenyan artistes who ruled in the 90s, was a close friend of President Uhuru Kenyatta, a buddy who could chill out with and crack jokes with day and night. He is also credited for recording the Gor Mahia football club anthem.
The celebrations will be felt in Machakos County – at the Machakos People’s Park – where hundreds of youth will be auditioning for the Talanta Mtaani - 'KTN' aired talent show. Bruce had played a special role in the architectural work and the actualization of the state-of-the-art Machawood People’s Park auditorium and performance stage where the auditions will be taking place.
“Bruce was an outstanding creative who made many firsts in the Kenyan entertainment scene. He was a humble genius who performed his work diligently. It was never about money, it was about delivery and perfection. He will forever live in our hearts,” says Victor Muniafu, the CEO of Machawood who will be hosting the Talanta Mtaani team during the weekend event.