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Veteran Kenyan musician Aziz Abdi is dead

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Veteran Kenyan musician Aziz Abdi Kilambo is dead. The mercurial band leader, singer and guitarist passed on at a hospital in Voi in Taita-Taveta County on Saturday night.

He will be remembered for a string of popular songs such as Sina Kaziand Nyumbani ni Nyumbani.

According a family source, Aziz, who was the leader of the multi-national Benga Africa Band, and later Ngoma Afrika, had long retired from performing live music and had been battling diabetes and hypertension in and out of hospital.

He mainly did part-time music away from his regular work, which was in the manufacture of paints.

Speaking to the Nation, Mr Kombo Kala, a cousin of the singer, said he had been quite ill in the past one month, but his condition worsened on Saturday evening.

“A doctor at the hospital in Voi has confirmed the cause of death as a heart condition, which was compounded by extended hypertension and diabetes,” he said.

Aziz, according to Muslim rites, due to be buried today afternoon (Sunday), on his farm at Mleghwa near Voi Town.

His widow Jamilla Ndinda Kasulu, a media personality, is expected to attend the burial after travelling from Nairobi.

The 67-year-old singer, who made his debut in the music scene in the early 1990s, had carved a niche for grooming up and coming musicians to perform rhumba.

Having been immensely inspired by the Simba Wanyika brothers, Wilson and George Peter, Aziz immersed himself fully into rhumba, singing and playing the guitar.

He would then form his own band Benga Africa Group in 1991 and recorded his hit songs, Sina Kazi,  Amri Kumi and Matata Sipendelei.

He later changed the name of the group to Ngoma Afrika, incorporating musicians from other African countries. 

His band performed at various entertainment spots in Nairobi including, Miami Tavern in Umoja Estate and Ranalo Foods on Kimathi Street.

The prominent musicians he worked with include legendary singer Mohamed Tika Abdallah, Congolese singer Teddy Suka, Rama Kocha, Congolese star John Monga, and fellow Kenyans Patrick Omolo and Jose Beniko Bulimo.

Voi-based lawyer, music promoter and entertainment organiser Duncan Mwanyumba eulogised Aziz as one of the most inspiring musicians from Taita-Taveta County. Others include the late Habel Kifoto of the Maroon Commandos, fame, the superb Fadhili Williams, who composed the Malaika international hit, Sammy Mwambi Mkali, and  twist legend Mathaia Mlkamaba. 

He will be remembered for his contribution to the development of a Kenyan rhumba style and mostly singing in the national language, Kiswahili.

By Nairobi News


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‘We had invested…’ Churchill reveals how the pandemic has hit him

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Comedian Churchill says just like any other business, coronavirus has hit him too.

Churchill, real name Daniel Ndambuki has been doing ‘The Journey Series’ on his TV show which is originally a stand-up comedy show that attracts thousands of viewers.

Speaking to Mpasho, Churchill revealed;

“We had invested quite some amount in the production of the show. And now, you can’t use that gear, you have to put all that aside. You cannot set up something so big for like 200 people, that is loss-making. It almost takes us to where we began. We remain positive though”

Adding;

“I am happy with all that is happening from all other comedians.”

Churchill said this after the launch of TuKo App, which he is the brand ambassador.

Churchill Photo By Charlene Malwa

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Corazon lashes out at body shammers after attending event at Movenpick

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On Thursday night, Corazon Kwamboka and her baby daddy Frankie Kiarie attended a cocktail event at Movenpick.

The hotel partnered with Hennessy to celebrate the close of the year 2020 as well as usher in the forthcoming festive season.

Mama and Baba Taiyari attended the event and even posted photos about it on their social media.

As usual trolls had something to say about Corazon’s body.

She did not spare them one bit.

Check out photos taken by our very able photog Mercy Mumo.

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‘I regret…’ Anne Kiguta opens up about posting her daughter on social media

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TV news anchor Anne Kiguta has announced that she would like to share with her fans more about her life.

However, she draws a line on exposing her children to the limelight.

Anne has three children, one from her previous marriage and fraternal twins with Jomo Gecaga.

Responding to a fan who asked her about her babies, Anne posted a photo of her and her twins but blocked out the faces.

In her response she explained,

“Gosh, so many of you have said this… was the number one response. Well, I will have to let you down on that my loves.”

She added,

“I’m rather traditional (believe it or not) so I’m vehemently against it. My babies are are all still too young, including the eldest, to be on social media.”

Anne continued,

“In fact I really regret having posted my eldest at all. Mummy already has a pretty public life. They deserve their privacy.”

But not to break her fans hearts, Anne promised,

“A reference every once in a while but nothing more than that for a long long time.  Hope  you understand.”

In another post she still emphasized,

“That is my son. Quite the charmer. If only I could tell you half of what they say! But all these are are to me sacred moments…really can’t share much more.”

Not to be daunted though, Anne promised to talk about other aspects of her life.

Here are the various topics she is open to talking about.

By Mpasho.co.ke


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