One half of the celebrated Kenyan group Longombas, Lovy Longomba, has finally returned home to Kenya after 16 years abroad.
This follows the recent demise after a long illness of Christian, 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 3x 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,” said Lovy.
On whether he will be making new music or sharing any unreleased music while here, Lovy said: “It will take me some time to work on music again because my partner is no longer here with me. I need to heal. Christian was still writing with me even when he could not record. We have so many songs, maybe at some point I will put them out.”
He however added that he is still interested and looking forward to working with other Kenyan artists when the time is right.
The Longombas sound was perfected by a blend of contemporary Hip Hop with a tinge of Soukous, heavily borrowing from their Congolese roots.
“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,’” stated Lovy.
The celebrated 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 including Deux Vultures, Mr Googz and Vinnie Banton.
“We pioneered and changed the sound of local music. We raised the standard so high when it came to performing and stage presence,” he added.
Their last studio project before relocating to America was the album ‘Chukua’ which received 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.