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Curtain falls on famous Kalenjin secular artiste, Samuel Sang

RIFT VALLEY
By Gilbert Kimutai | February 13th 2015

BOMET: Kalenjin music fraternity has been thrown into mourning following the death of renowned secular musician Samuel Kipkemoi Sang on Wednesday afternoon.

The 37-year-old Mr Sang died after a short illness at Tenwek Mission Hospital where he was receiving treatment for pneumonia.

The musician, who was until his death the chairman of Kalenjin Musician Association (Kamua) succumbed to the illness at the hospital where he was transferred for specialised treatment on Tuesday night after his condition deteriorated.

Kamua Director Bernard Lang'at while remembering the fallen King of Kalenjin music said Sang's death was a big blow to the music industry in the region.

Mr Langat said his departure has left a big gap in the industry, adding that his work was not only inspiring other artists but also helping in educating the community.

"His Kotestes band has been leading in our association and that is why we appointed him as our chairman. He inspired not only upcoming musicians but even veteran artist on the changing dynamics of the industry," said Lang'at.

Sang, who was known by his stage name Junior Kotestes has done more than 16 albums and 60 hit songs that have held the top of the chats in Rift Valley.

He helped put Kalenjin music on the Kenyan map and was even crowned the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) top earner of the year in 2014.

PREACHING PEACE

Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto and National Assembly Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso were among dignitaries who condoled Sang's family.

Ruto said the demise of Kotestes was untimely, as he had started preaching unity and development in the Kalenjin.

"We are deeply saddened by the demise of Kotestes. We want to assure the family and his fans of our support during this trying moment," said Mr Ruto.

Dr Laboso on her part said the death of Kotestes is a big loss to not only the Kipsigis community but the Kalenjin at large.

The Sotik MP said Sang was greatest entertainer of all time and his demise has left a huge gap in the music industry.

"He was a talented musician and entertainer whose demise is hard to comprehend. We stand with his family at this trying time," said Laboso.

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