Luo benga artist Omondi Long’lilo is dead: The Standard

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The death of the ex-member of the legendary Nabi Kings Band, popularly referred to by his fans as “Long Lilo” has left lovers of his music in shock.

It is yet another blow to music fans as Kenya mourns popular Benga artist Erick Omondi (above) who died of cancer in Bondo, Siaya County on Tuesday morning.

The death of the ex-member of the legendary Nabi Kings Band popularly referred to by his fans as “Long Lilo” has left lovers of his music in shock.

The 37-year-old father of three died at 4:30 am while undergoing treatment at Bondo Sub-County Hospital.
His wife Goretty Awino and family spokesperson Olima Gondi confirmed the death.

Long Lilo thrilled his fans with his husky voice and engaging lyrics during his prime days when he sang alongside Osito Kalle, another legendary Luo Benga icon who trained him.

Some of his hit songs include Goretti Awino, Were wuod Ogalo, Okoth Mang’ang’a, Kong’o shida, Anita Nyausonga , Thomas Mwaya and any more.

While in the band with Benga maestro Osito Kalle, he alongside Odhiambo Tusker, he was part of the hit song Jopuony, a song which praised the efforts of teachers in the society and received widespread acclamation among the Luo fan base.

Osito who mentored them also starred with other songs such as Lesna buoyo mawiye, Asembo piny maber, Jaber jaula and much more.

Long’Lilo was reportedly ill with cancer for a long time and at some point was appealing for medical help.
His death comes barely a week after Luo Ohangal fans were shocked with the sudden death of Abenny Jachiga who died in Kisumu abruptly and was buried with less than 48 yours against the wishes of his fans.

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