President Uhuru Kenyatta Pays Last Respect to Bruce Odhiambo

Bruce Odhiambo was a music producer who many artists owe their music career to. He mentored artists like Sauti Sol, Pitson, Amos and Josh among others. The former musician died at the Nairobi Hospital’s ICU on January 8th after a long battle with heart disease.

In his requiem mass held at the Nairobi Baptist Church which was attended by first lady Margaret Kenyatta, different artists recounted how he assisted them on different occasions to build their careers and in trying times.

“I remember when I lost my job, he fed me every single day, every day,” 

“He knew I was so proud to ask for help, we were neighbors. When I did not have money, he gave me money and told me as a joke, ebu just go buy that. I want to tell you thank you, for calling me all the time just to make sure I was okay.”Talia Oyando spoke of him amidst tears

 

 

Before retiring to become a music producer at JOHARI studios, Bruce who at the time was the chairman of the Youth Enterprise Development Fund  Programme was accused of looting sh180 million that was meant for the youth fund. He later on resigned to pave way for investigations. His co-accused Catherine Namuye had earlier died at her Kileleshwa home under mysterious circumstances.

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta at the funeral

He has been eulogized by the who is who of the media and music industry. The president who was also friends with the departed, paid his last respect to the music mogul. He will be remembered for being a part of the success of bands like Kayamba Africa and Five Alive

Bruce leaves behind two children, a son and a daughter.

 

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