Thousands of people jammed the Kapcheplanga Primary School grounds in Kipkelion East constituency, Kericho County, to bid farewell to the late Harmon Kipkurui Rono famously, known as Rhino Kaboom.
The Kalenjin musician succumbed to his injuries after getting involved in a fatal accident at Eldama Ravine.
The late Rhino ventured into music in 2015 after completing his secondary school at Londiani Township Secondary School. The singer produced eight albums. His famous songs include Vera, Criminal Chomyet, Simple Girl, Monica, Tamu Tamu.
Over 500 People in Attendance
More than five hundred people thronged at the grounds as they sang and danced the songs of the late musician. Others decided to get on the trees to catch a glimpse of the event.
Emurua-Dikir MP Johana Ng’eno arrived and had to fight his way through the surging crowd.
Despite the enormous rainfall, the crowds weathered the rains and decided to stay and hear speeches delivered about the life of the great Kaboom.
Kaboom was described by many as a responsible family man and an educative musician. His wife, Mercy Rono, described him as a loving and caring husband who looked after his family keenly.
She further added that he was the most romantic man who placed his family first before anything else.
“My world has tumbled down. I can’t believe I will not see my love again, but his music will keep reminding me of him. I pray that I will meet him once again in heaven, and we will dance and sing together again,” she said.
Kaboom’s mother, Sarah Mutai, described the death of her only son as a big blow to the family.
“I nonetheless take refuge in the fact that before my son died, he had composed a song expressing his gratitude to God for granting him the singing talent. That is what makes me happy today, that though my son was a secular musician, he took time to remember what God had done for him and expressed his gratitude to Him,” she said.
His grandmother, who was affected, stated that she was going to miss her grandson. She further added that she couldn’t run out of sugar for weeks since Kaboom could get her enough sugar and other gifts.
“Whenever he came home, I was assured of no more sugarless tea for weeks. He never came empty-handed,” she said.
Community Leaders ask for Prayers
Emurua-Dikir MP, Johana Ng’eno, called upon the laity and the clergy to pray for the Kalenjin musicians.
He stated that the community is losing its singers through accidents, and it now alarming.
“In 2016, Diana Chelele, was murdered three years ago, Weldon Kenene died alongside six other musicians in a road accident. Prayers are urgently required for God to cover them so that they can live long enough to fully develop their talents and enjoy the work of their hands,” he said.
Co-operatives and Savings
Ng’eno called upon the musicians to open savings and co-operative SACCOs that will help them in saving their money. He added that having the Sacco will help their social welfare.
Kaboom, who was 26 years old, left behind a widow and two sons.
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