8 June 2018

Tanzania: Bongo Artist Sam Wa Ukweli Passes On After Falling Ill At Music Studio

Photo: Sam wa Ukweli/Instagram
Sam wa Ukweli.

Sam wa Ukweli, the Bongo artiste who took the East African airwaves by storm eight years ago with his hit songs Lofa and Hata kwetu Wapo, succumbed to sudden death on Wednesday night while in a music studio.

According to the musician's producer Steve, Sam Wa Ukweli passed on after falling sick during a recording session at A Sound Studios.

According to his manager, Amri, Sam fell sick at around 8pm while in the studio prompting the people who were with him at that time to rush him to Palestina Hospital in Dar es Salaam where he was pronounced dead.

Amri also revealed that the singer had been sick for some time.

'WITCHCRAFT'

"Mimi nachojua chanzo cha kufariki Sam ni kuumwa Malaria na Homa ya Manjano, amefariki jana usiku wa saa tano akiwa njia anapelekwa Hospital, baada ya kuzidiwa akiwa studio ya A Sound... (All I know is that Sam was suffering from Malaria and Yellow Fever. He died last night around 11pm while being taken to hospital after his condition worsened at the studio)," he said.

Producer Steve, who was with Sam at the studio hours before his death, also recounted the musician's final moments.

According to the producer, the artiste confided in them saying he had contracted HIV/AIDS through witchcraft.

Steve also revealed that Sam's wish before his death was to record a song about his illness.

Sam has been away from music scenes for a while now, his death coming just one month after famous Tanzanian socialite and video vixen Agnes Masogange passed on after a short illness.

Sam, whose remains are currently at Mwananyamala Hospital, will be buried on Friday at 3pm according to Islamic laws.

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