In honour of Bruce Odhiambo, boy band Sauti Sol accompanied by other Kenyan artists paid tribute to the music producer during the memorial service held at Nairobi Baptist Church.
Addressing the congregation, Bien Aime narrated tales of how Bruce had offered them his studio to record their award winning album.
“We have lost a father who we met 10 years ago,” said Bien.
Other artists present included Dan Aceda, Amos and Josh, Kidum, Pitson, comedian Churchill and Nyambane. They promised to organize a concert in his honor. The first lady Margret Kenyatta and Nairobi Senator Jackson Sakaja were also present.
The first lady described him as a person who mentored youth in the creative art industry.
“With his slogan’ it’s never that serious’; Bruce always wanted to mentor young people and has worked so hard in the beyond zero brand building because he was always eager to learn new things. In as much as we mourn him today lets also don’t forget to celebrate him,’’ she added.
Sakaja promised to formulate a bill that will ensure 60% of local music content is played on media outlets in honor of Bruce.
“The greatest tribute to Bruce Odhiambo is seriously considering the creative economy a frontier for jobs and economic development in the country,” said Sakaja.
Unlike other caskets that are usually covered with flowers, Bruce casket was designed with a piano cover an indication that music was life for him. Artist present sang songs and guitar tunes of the music the former trailblazer loved.
Bruce Odhiambo will be laid to rest on Saturday 19, in Koru, Kisumu County.