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Highest paid vernacular musician dies

13 February 2015, 11:00 Arap Yego

Bomet - A prominent Kalenjin vernacular Musician, Junior Kotestes who last year emerged as the highest overall earner of royalties of the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) is dead.

Kotestes, whose real name is Kiptesot Kipkemoi Sang shocked many people in the entertainment industry by beating established artistes like DNA, Nonini and others and emerging the highest paid musician by MCSK. He was awarded KES 463 884 as royalties by the society. 

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The artiste from Sotik in Bomet County passed away Wednesday afternoon at Tenwek Mission Hospital in Bomet County where he was admitted.  He is said to have been suffering from a strong bout of pneumonia.

Many of his fans including fellow Kalenjin musicians took to social media to express their shock on the death of the young and promising entertainer.

Chitab Koret, a close friend and fellow musician of Kotestes who spoke to News24 eulogised the fallen artiste as a great musician and noted that his gap in the entertainment circles will be hard to fill.

“My brother Junior Kotestes RIP. You will be greatly missed by your fellow Kalenjin artistes . You have left a very big gap. Fare thee well brother,” he said.

“My utmost condolences to the family, friends of Junior Kotestes. He worked hard and has left an indelible mark in the music industry. #RIPKotestes,” posted Sang Benard on a facebook group.

“As Kalenjin’s we have lost a hero.......lets join hands to mourn the death of junior kotestes,” added Victor Kipru Kutto in the same group.

Kotestes will be remembered for his witty lyrics which were full of sexual connotations most of the time. He however spun around the lewd lyrics, which only required a keen listener to decipher and managed to pass across serious messages.

“He came, he fought and he configured the kalenjin music. He brought in teenage vocabulary, life conversation into our society. RIP Kotestes,” posted Ken Rono posted on Kalenjin Wall facebook page.

Some of his popular compositions include; Twolyot, Tumotet elele, Twolyot Cheptugeniot among many others.

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