Veteran ‘Lunch time’ singer passes on

Gabriel Omolo

Legendary Benga musician Gabriel Omolo has taken his final breath.

The 79-year-old artist, more popularly known for his ‘Lunch time’ smash single of the 1960s, passed on at Busia County Referral Hospital on late Wednesday evening.

The veteran musician was born and brought up in Muthurwa and Makongeni, before attending St. Peter Claver Primary School. He later joined the Equator Sound Band, singing alongside fellow legendary musicians among them Daudi Kabaka, Fadhili Williams, Nashil Pichen and Peter Tsoti.

Gabriel will be remembered as the first ever Kenyan to be awarded the International Golden Disc for the 150, 000 sales of his ‘Lunch time’ hit single in a glorious ceremony at the Panafric Hotel, Nairobi, in September 1974 by then Information and Broadcasting PS John Ithau.

He was, again, presented with the International Golden Disc in 1976.

The deceased singer, who spent a better part of the rest of his days at his home in Ugunja, Siaya County, has been eulogized by many as one of the greatest Kenyan songwriters of all time.

Below is the deceased’s ‘Lunch time’ smash single;

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