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Fans mourn vocalist star Kasaloo Kyanga

10th September 2011
Celebrated vocalist Kasaloo Kyanga

Celebrated vocalist Kasaloo Kyanga, who featured for several bands in Tanzania, died in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

The sad news began circulating across the city and beyond early yesterday morning as veteran musician Kikumbi Mwanza Mpango Mwema or popularly known as King Kiki confirmed of tragic death.

Kyanga, whose twin brother Kyanga Songa died about five years ago, dominated the music scenes in Tanzania and across the borders for more than a decade since 1980.

Kiki said Kasaloo died at Mwananyamala Hospital and his funeral arrangement is still in the process.

"I just have received telephone messages from close friends of Kasaloo, John Kitime, Abdul Salvador 'Father Kidevu' and others from his family confirming of his death," said Kiki.

Kitime and Salvador used to perform together with the late Kasaloo at the Iringa-based Tancut Almasi Orchestra music band in the 80s.

Kasaloo and his late brother Kyanga took a centre stage during the Tancut band’s performance when fans were treated with the famous 'Fimbo Lugoda' and 'Kinyekinye kisonzo tisa kumi Mangala' styles.

Kasaloo, who used to have first class metallic voice, arrived from the Democratic Republic of Congo (then Zaire) in 1980 and Orchestra Matimila Band under the late Remmy Ongala was his first band to work with.

He took the music world by storm for his famous compositions entitled 'Almasi', 'Bishada', 'Natoa Onyo', 'Usia' and many others.

Kasaloo had combined well with another Congolese musician Skassy Kasambula to send fans wild everywhere they staged a show.

Kasaloo, Kasambula and the late Semhando crossed over to Tomatoma as Kasaloo composed master hit, 'Mwanaidi'.

He was later absorbed by Orchestra Marquis Original where he joined his brother Songa in one of the most effective vocal combinations.

Kasaloo and Songa had their prominence and popularity hit the roof of music world as they came out with remarkable compositions such as 'Karubandika', 'Sofia', 'Clara', 'Hasira Hasara', 'Ni Wewe Pekee' and many others that won them accolades from the music fraternity across the world.

As it has been the case of musicians all over the world, the vocalist duo parted ways with Marquis to open their base in Iringa with the Tancut Almasi band.

'Masafa Marefu', 'Pili Wangu', 'Tutasele', 'Kiwele' and 'Jane Butinini' (wife of Kasaloo) were some of the hits that raised their status even further in the music world.

Butinini used to be a netball star who happened to be the sister of former Railways Football team from Morogoro,Duncan Butinini.

The sports desk of The Guardian has been deeply shocked by the passage of the musician and wishes his soul to rest in eternal peace.

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