‘Lunchtime’ legend Gabriel Omolo with his Apolo Komesha band. It chides those who stick to town life telling them the city is not eternity. Omolo reminds city fanatics that chieng’ ma yamo nolali wanaiki pacho- when you eventually die we shall bury you in the village. Omondi Jasor says inspiration for this song came frm seeing a respectable army commander waste his life in the city only to be buried as a pauper back in his village. Singing alongside Gabriel Omolo is Sylvester Odhiambo (with the high pitched voice) and Charles Awita. Habil Owiso was also a band member but I doubt if he was in this recording. On the guitars are Gabriel Omolo (Solo) and Omondi Jasor on rhythm. Veteran musician Gabriel Omolo who died aged 79 years while receiving treatment at Busia District hospital. Photo: Standard
Sasa ni Lunch time hit-maker Gabriel Omolo dies aged 79 in Busia
Veteran musician Gabriel Omolo died aged 79-years-old in Busia after a short illness – The musician is best known for his ‘Lunchtime’ hit that was released in 1970 – His widow Alice Adeya broke the news through his childhood friend and fellow musician Charles Makawita Veteran musician Gabriel Omolo who released the famous ‘Lunctime’ hit in 1970 died aged 79 years while receiving treatment at Busia District Hospital. His widow Alice Adeya broke the news after she informed Omolo’s childhood friend Charles Makawita on Wednesday, January 3. VIDEO LUNCHTIME
According to the Daily Nation, Omolo hails from Nyabeda village in Ugunja, Siaya county where they grew together with Makawita. READ ALSO: Former student leader beaten to death by touts laid to rest as family demands for justice The newspaper says that Omolo had a stint at Equator Sound Band in the 1960s where he performed alongside other greats like Daudi Kabaka, Fadhili William and Nshil Pichen, a Zambian national and Peter Tsoti. He was also a member of the Eagles band Blue Shades and Apollo Komesha band.