Kisumu county leaders led by governor Anyang Nyongo and Senator Fred Outa have sent a condolence message to the family of the fallen musician Maureen Achieng, fondly knowns as Lady Maureen.
The 36 years old queen of Ohangla music died on Saturday morning around 3 am in Uriri where she was staying while recovering in her sister’s house.
Her sister Bella Achieng confirmed the death to the media.
Nyongo noted that this is a great loss to the Ohangla fraternity and the Luo Music Community coming just weeks after the passing on of two great Luo musicians Benard Onyango (Abenny Jachiga) and Erick Omondi Odit (Omondi Long Lilo).
He said Lady Maureen will be remembered for her great musical talent that gave benga music a modern twist warming many hearts.
“The Luo Music Community will miss her great musical messaging technique championed by careful selection of words in her songs,” he stated.
Senator Outa remembered the late Lady Maureen as a songbird who composed numerous political praise songs.
He said Kisumu County is again in mourning for the second time after the death of another Ohangla maestro Abenny Jachiga who died nearly a month ago.
Senator Outa condoled with the music fraternity in the county while assuring them of his support during these trying moments.
He noted that musicians in the county should not be jolted by the misfortunes that continue to befell them but soldier on by composing songs that hold the fabric of the community.
Since 2018, the vibrant musician has not known peace and has struggled with sickness and has been in and out of hospitals.
Early this year, Lady Maureen was admitted at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital after being transferred from a hospital in Migori. She was discharged on February 20.
Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital Medical Superintendent had Peter Okoth confirmed then that the singer was discharged because she “was responding well to medication and was getting stable.”
-The Star/ Faith Matete