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Christian of Longombas Dies

  • Popular musician Christian of the legendary Afropop group Longombas has died.

    The singer passed away on Saturday, March 13,  while receiving treatment at Downtown Los Angeles Hospital in the US.

    His family confirmed the news with his twin brother Lovy Longomba staying by his side during the last moments of his life.

    “To be absent from the body is to be present with The Lord. I love you Christian, My brother, my friend & partner but Jesus loves you more. Enjoy Heaven,” he posted on his social media.

    Christian (right) with his brother Lovy (left) in 2020.

    Christian (right) with his brother Lovy (left) in 2020.

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    Christian had been unwell since 2015 when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

    Was in surgery for a tumor, but now I thank God for healing me through a very trying moment of my life, all praises to Jesus Christ my Lord, and saviour the giver of life,” he stated in 2016 after going through a procedure.

    The Longombas duo is known for their songs Dondosa, Shika More, Vuta Pumz and Queen. Their uncle is the celebrated Congolese singer Awilo Longomba. 

    Christian Longomba described himself as an urban Afro/pop musician. 

    Christian (left) and Lovy (right) of the Afro-po group Longombas

    Christian (left) and Lovy (right) of the Afro-pop group Longombas

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    He was also the CEO and founder of BadMan Visual PRO, also the founder of Mziki Wetu. 

    In a previous article he penned down, Christian recalled breaking into the music industry. Despite growing up in a musical family, he got into music by chance influenced by his cousin Nasty Thomas of the group Deux Vultures.

    The first song he wrote was Dondosa which went to become a huge hit in the 2000s.

    He recalled that as their name became synonymous with Kenya music, they saw it fit to sing about things society was grappling with.

    “For example, the song, “Vuta Pumz”, has a club or dance feel to it, yet it tackles responsible sexual behaviour and calls on partners in a relationship to be faithful to manage the spread of HIV/AIDs,” he explained

    The pair later moved to America where they sought to explore a different way of making music.

     

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