Kenyans on social media have mourned the passing of Christian Longomba, a member of the twin-brother music duo of The Longombas who died yester
His death was announced by his brother Lovy on Facebook: “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. I love you Christian, my brother, my friend and partner, but Jesus loves you more. Enjoy heaven.”
Christian was battling brain tumor, first diagnosed in 2015. He died in hospital in Los Angeles, United States.
“Safiri Salama (Fare Thee Well) Christian Longomba,” said rapper King Kaka. “Asante (thank you) for your contribution to the game.”
Fellow rapper Nonini feted Christian for his contribution to the local music industry. “Rest in Peace homeboy, your contribution in the Kenyan Music Industry shall never be forgotten. Condolence to @prophetlovy and the entire family,” he said.
The Longombas rose to fame in the early-to-mid 2000s with hits such as Vuta Pumz, Piga Makofi, Shika and Dondosa.
The duo hails from a music family- with deep Congolese roots. Their father father Lovy Longomba was a member of the legendary Super Mazembe lingala group. Their grandfather Vicky was a member of Franco’s TP OK Jazz group. Lingala maestro Awilo Longomba is their uncle.
The duo won several awards at the height of their fame, including Best East African Group in the 2005 Kora Awards, Best Group from Kenya & Boomba Group & Best Song from Kenya in the 2006 Kisima Awards, and Best East African Album in the 2006 Tanzania Music Awards.
Lovy, who is devastated at the loss of his brother, runs a gospel ministry in UK.