Christian Longomba one of Kenya’s legendary urban musical duo dubbed The Longombas succumbed to recurrent brain cancer on Saturday in the United States of America.
Christian is said to have been battling the deadly disease for the last six years and was 37 at the time of his death.
His death was confirmed by his twin brother Lovy with whom the two made up the Longombas Duo which is best remembered for various hit songs such as ‘Dondosa’, ‘Makofi’, ‘Shikamoo’, ‘Vuta Pumz’.
“Christian Hulu Longomba made his transition to heaven Saturday morning in Los Angeles, California after a long-suffered illness. Christian was well-loved and we celebrated his gifts and talents that he shared with the entire world,” stated Lovy who is now a pastor in Los Angeles.
Christian had been unwell since 2015 when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent his first surgery in the United States which was successful.
After the surgery which he admitted that doctors told him there was no guarantee that he would survive. Christian began his rehabilitation, only for the tumour to recur again confining him to the hospital for several months.
The Longombas relocated to the USA about fifteen years ago at a time when they were topping the East African music chats with their hits, after admitting that the music industry wasn’t as lucrative then as it is at the moment.
After a four-year hiatus while in the US, the Longombas tried making a comeback into the music releasing ‘My Queen’ in 2010. It turned out to be their last composition as a duo as moments later, Christian fell ill.
Later on, Lovy got saved and transitioned to being a pastor in Los Angeles. The Longombas hail from a famous musical family. Their father Lovy Longomba Snr was a member of the popular Congolese Lingala band Super Mazembe while their grandfather Vicky Longomba was a member of TPOK Jazz band.
Congolese soukous legend singer Awilo Longomba is their uncle while a former member of the Deux Vulture duo, Nasty Thomas is their cousin.