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4 classic Kenyan singers long gone but whom Kenyans wish were still alive, here're their most memorable tracks

Music is the food for the soul and Kenya can as well be the kitchen where it is cooked.

Kelly Brown. (Discogs)

Kenya has over the years released classical Swahili ballads which have taken the world by storm.

Kenyan Musicians of the 70s, 80s and 90s ruled the airwaves with their carefully thought out lyrics spiced with creativity and relatable content. The likes of Fadhili Williams and Daudi Kabaka will forever be remembered.

Here are three classical Kenyan singers of all time.

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Fadhili Williams

No Kenyan song has ever captured the world like Malaika did, you only needed to listen to it once and you were hooked to it, it was like a drug why lie.

Fadhili William Mdawida did justice to the song and took his time composing its simple yet deep lyrics; it was the perfect song to ever dedicate to your loved ones.

Within no time big shot musicians like Miriam Makeba, Angelique Kidjo and even the German legendary band Boney M did remixes of the song.

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Fadhili recorded ‘malaika’ with his band 'The Jambo Boys' around 1963 at the Equator Sound Studios.

Born on 11th November 1938, he died on 11th February 2001.

Daudi Kabaka

Benga lovers will never forget about Daudi Kabaka , the king of African twist.

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Born in 1938 Kabaka released track after track which took the airwaves by storm until his demise in 2000.

His sweet mellow voice was the icing of the cake and within no time every Kenyan was dancing to his tunes, his creativity was unmatched and Kabaka was ahead of his time in terms of songs compositions.

His song "Helule Helule" for instance was covered by the Tremeloes and became a hit in the United Kingdom.

‘Pole Musa’ released in 1983 is one of his classical songs which has never grown old.

Kelly Brown

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If Kelly Brown was still alive today he would have bagged several globe awards.

He was Kenya's own Michael Jackson and with his high pitch voice he gave Michael Jackson a run of his money and put the Kenyan music on the global map.

Kelly Brown whose real name was Mohamed Abdulkadir Ali Bux, was a household name in the local entertainment industry in the early 70s and 80s.

Some of his greatest tracks include Higher, Sexy Lady and Only You Can to mention but just a few.

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So great was his musical talent that he moved to Europe where he continued to entertain music fans to no end. He died mysteriously in 1989 in Germany.

Gabriel Omolo

Benga maestro Gabriel Omolo thrilled Kenyans to no ends with his classical hit Lunch time.

In 1974 he became the first Kenyan musician ever to be awarded an International Golden Disc for the sales of his hit single, Lunchtime.

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Omollo was then awarded a Golden Disk Award again in 1976 for the sale of over 250,000 records.

He passed away in 2018 at the ripe old age of 80.

Notable mention....

Freshley Mwamburi

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While still alive and kicking Freshley Mwamburi is one of Kenya's classiest singers thanks to his ever fresh hit Stella Wangu.

This song was a hit from the time it was released in 1995 by Everest band and since then it has stayed relevant with Kenyans.

Freshley Mwamburi sings of betrayal by his lover who went to study in Japan only to return with a Japanese boyfriend in a captivating reggae-like tune.

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