Jacob Luseno was born in 1936. He went to Goibei Intermediate School in Tiriki where he started singing folk Luhya songs. Jacob’s education was temporarily interfered with when his parents moved from Tiriki land to Mumbetsa Imasaba in Idakho where he joined Mwikhomo Intermediate School.
After Mwikhomo, the legend joined Pepsi Cola in Eldoret as a driver delivering the product to Uganda. The most surprising thing while at Pepsi Cola is that Luseno moved around with his hand made guitar. He moved from Pepsi Cola to Salsbury Hotel in Kericho later being transferred to Nairobi to work as a laundry machine operator. With his passion for music burning, Luseno quit his job and joined Starlight Night Club – the leading night club in Nairobi owned by Armstrong. It is here he met other music legends like Daudi Kabaka and Fadhili Williams.
Kenya: Musician Has Left a Rich Legacy
The death of veteran singer and guitarist Jacob Luseno Manyasa is a big blow to Kenya’s music fraternity. A gifted composer, whose music career spanned more than four decades, Luseno, 69, is said to have succumbed to a severe bout of malaria after arriving at his rural home in Kakamega from Nairobi.
Since his demise, band members have produced hits like Likhutsa lia Luseno (Death of Luseno), Speed Governor and Soldier. Soldier talks of a gentleman who is healthy and very strong who moves to the city to search for employment but finally ends up in more problems in the city as a watchman. Luseno died after short illness. While on his sickbed, his only son Obed, moved him from Nairobi to his home in Mumbetsa where he passed on in the morning of 3rd January 2006. Luseno was finally laid to rest at his home in Mumbetsa on 14th January 2006.
Luseno left behind his beloved wife, Florence Luseno and his son Obed who is married to Christine. Family, friends and clansmen always congregate at his Mumbetsa home in Idakho every January for anniversary celebrations of the legend’s life.
Biography Jacob Luseno, early life, Music career and Family
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