Ohangla musician Maureen Achieng, popularly known as Lady Maureen, is dead.
The musician, who has struggled with an illness for a while, passed on at 3am Saturday July 11 at her cousin’s home in Uriri constituency, Migori County.
Bella Akinyi, the cousin, confirmed the death over the phone.
“She was undergoing home-based care after being discharged at Pastor Machage hospital in Migori town, she has passed on,” she said.
Maureen was born on November 22, 1984 at Seme Kombewa village and has produced several popular songs, mostly singing about key politicians in Nyanza region.
One of Maureen’s popular songs was ‘alemo‘.
Kisumu county leaders, led by Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o and Senator Fred Outa have sent their messages of condolence to the family of fallen musician Maureen Achieng,
Nyong’o said Maureen’s death was a great loss to the Ohangla fraternity and the Luo music community coming just weeks after the passing on of two Luo musicians Benard Onyango (Abenny Jachiga) and Erick Omondi Odit ( Omondi Long Lilo).
He said Lady Maureen will be remembered for her 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 said on Saturday.
Senator Outa remembered the late Lady Maureen as a song bird who composed numerous political praise songs.
He said Kisumu County is 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.
He said musicians should not be slowed by the misfortunes that continue to befell them but soldier on by composing songs that unite the community.