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Why I hid my Luo roots: Otile Brown

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By Judith Gicobi

Kenyan musician Otile Brown, who was born in Mombasa, has explained why he has never been proud of his Luo heritage. Otile was raised in Mombasa but his parents were Luo.

He revealed in an interview with Massawe Japani that “I used to hide that I am a Luo because of how proud they are. I sent someone Mpesa and they made sure that everybody knew I am Luo.”

Adding, “Having been born in a Swahili community I did not want to associate with them because of tribalism and my talent is greater than that. We are five siblings, my parents are deceased.”

Singing in Luo, perhaps?

“I feel for me to sing in Luo I must have a good understanding of the language.”

The Baby Love hitmaker once disclosed to fans the final words his dying mother spoke to him in a past message he posted online.

Otile wrote candidly,

“When I was 14, a day before my mama passed on, She looked into my eyes and said, ‘I am not worried about you, you will be okay.'”
Otile added, “She had so much confidence in me that I just had to believe in myself even more. We will always celebrate you mommy. R.I.P Totoo.”

According to Otile, there has never been a competition over who is the most well-known of his siblings because each is a legend in their own right.

Being the last child, Otile also states that his siblings don’t interfere with him.

“When my mum died my sister who is the firstborn helped take care of me and my brothers. The community also helped educate me something I am grateful for.”

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