The Celebrated Genge artist, Jua Cali has penned an emotional tribute to former Youth Fund boss Bruce Odhiambo who passed away the night of Monday, January 7.
In a separate story, it was reported that the Odhiambo succumbed to a massive heart attack at a Nairobi hospital where was admitted in ICU since Saturday, January 5.
Through his Facebook page, Jua Cali eulogized Odhiambo as a great mentor whom he owed his flourishing music career too. The rapper stated that the music industry had a suffered a blow following the death of Odhiambo who had invested most of his time in nurturing young music talents.
According to him, Odhiambo was among the few people who believed in his (Jua Cali’s) Genge music despite wide disapproval it faced from critics. Jua Cali singled out an occasion in 2002 when Odhiambo called a local radio station where he (Jua Cali) was invited for an interview and motivated him to press on.
“Truly truly a sad day for the music industry. Just learned the passing of a dear friend and a mentor in the music industry the mighty Bruce Odhiambo R.I.P mtu wangu.
Nakumbuka the 1st time ever we went for a radio interview around 2002 at Nation FM. When phone lines were opened and guys were bashing us ‘mziki gani hizo!’ Thank God ulikua tuned in because you called in and encouraged us ukituambia ‘msiskize mambo ya watu, pursue dream yenu kabisa!’ Hio kitu ilitupatia morale ingine noma!,” the rapper wrote.
In March 2014, President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed Odhiambo in the Youth Fund but he was later sucked after being linked to a KSh 180 million fraud scheme.
Odhiambo was also the owner of Johari Clef music studios where he also doubled up as a music producer. The Calif Records owner recalled that the deceased could invite him to his studio where they could sharpen their music skills.
He also revealed that Odhiambo could cater to his travel and food bills and never ceased to encourage him not to be intimidated by greedy promoters who exploited him.
“At a time also very early in my career ma promoter wakitupandisha basi you believed in us. Ulitupandisha ndege for the 1st time! Going for a show in Casablanca Mombasa…Hio flight ilitupatia morale ingine noma sana! Nikipitia hapo studio you always made sure kuna lunch halafu tunamalizia na ile njugu moto he he he he….Ile song tulimaster pamoja a few months ago iko ndani ya Album mpya,” the tribute read