One half of celebrated Kenyan group Longombas, Lovy Longomba, has finally come back home – after 16 years. This follows the tragic demise of his twin brother and partner from their award-winning music duo of the smash hits including “Vuta Pumz”, “Dondosa’’, “Piga Makofi’’ and ‘’Shika More’’, among others. The singer-songwriter and 3 x Grammy-nominated record producer has been living in Los Angeles, US with his brother since they left Kenya nearly two decades ago.
I came back home in honor of my brother Christian. This trip was supposed to be made by me and him at some point this year but God had other plans ~ Lovy
Christian Logomba passed away after succumbing to a long illness.
Lovy is meeting with family and friends as they pay their respects to Christian. He will also be doing interviews to connect with Longombas’ loyal fans as he shares details of Christian’s final moments and wishes.
Longombas sound was perfected by a blend of contemporary Hip Hop with a tinge of Soukous heavily borrowing from their Congolese roots. Reminiscing on their heydays, Lovy says, “There are so many [great and joint] memories because me and Christian have been inseparable to this point, but one of my favorite memories will always be the excitement he had when we finished writing and recording our first song “Dondosa”.
The celebrated dynamic duo enjoyed an illustrious music career in Kenya both under Ogopa DJs label and their imprint Bad Man Camp, alongside other pioneering voices of popular Kenyan music of the 2000s. They included Deux Vultures, Mr Googz and Vinnie Banton.
The group’s last studio project before relocating to America, the album CHUKUA received a very warm reception across the region bagging the Best East African Album award at the 2006 Tanzania Music Awards. Other awards from their discography include Best East African Group at the Kora Awards Africa (2005) and a memorable sweep at Kisima Music Awards (2006) that included Best Group (Kenya), Boomba Group, Best Song “Vuta Pumz” (Kenya) and Social Responsibility awards.