Award winning Afro-fusion musician Achieng Abura was given a tearful sendoff on Saturday October 5, 2016, when friends and family gathered at her Kaptany Village rural home for her burial.
Fellow musician and former Divas of the Nile band member Suzzanah Owiyo praised her late friend for her immense contribution to the music industry, adding that Achieng Abura’s legacy extended beyond Kenya’s borders.
“Many knew her beyond Kenya. Achieng really did a lot especially for the music industry. I would say she was a force to reckon with,” said Suzanna Owiyo.
Achieng Abura is the only Kenyan female who has won a Kora Award; in 2004 she was crowned the Best East African Female Artist alongside Ethiopia’s Tsedenia Gebremarkos
Her illustrious achievements and her love for music led her to mentor other musicians – something that many Kenyans saw for the three years that she served as principal of the Tusker Project Fame academy alongside Hellen Matawali.
Speaking as she her friend to rest, Mtawali regretted that Abura was deserted in her time of need by people who had previously proclaimed their love and friendship to her.
Touching on a fundraising that Achieng Abura had held to raise funds for her sick son, Prince – one which less than 10 people attended –, Mtawali said that some friends did not stand with the late singer when she needed them the most.
“Achieng was loved; except some times when you’re in problems you, don’t find everyone coming to help. There are friends and there are deep friends. With the kind of sickness Prince is suffering from, there are those who could have probably helped, but apparently they were not able to walk with her for long,” Hellen Mtawali said on Abura’s son’s fundraising.
Achieng Abura’s family refused to speak with the press, saying they needed time to grieve their loss.
The former Tusker Project Fame Principal kicked off her music career in the 90’s releasing a gospel album called I Believe.
She later switched her music style to afro-jazz and afro-fusion.
Abura died while undergoing treatment for an undisclosed illness at Kenyatta National Hospital, where she had been admitted on October 13, 2016 and later died on October 20, 2016.
May her soul rest in eternal peace.