Evelyn Lagu is Dead!

Evelyn Lagu, a multi-talented artist known by aliases Evelyn Love and Evelyn Lagu, has sadly passed away at the age of 41. She was pronounced dead on Monday, September 18, at her residence in Nabugabo.

Evelyn Lagu, renowned for her hit song “Ogumanga,” had been battling heart and kidney complications for an extended period.

The news of her passing was confirmed by fellow artist and President of the Uganda National Musicians Association (UNMF), Eddy Kenzo, who posted the sad announcement on X (formerly Twitter) on Monday morning. Kenzo expressed his disbelief and shared a heartfelt message, saying, “We took these pictures last Tuesday at the Jam Session, and I can’t believe you are gone, dear Evelyn Lagu. You have fought a big battle, my sister, and may your soul rest in eternal peace.”

Evelyn Lagu, originally born as Evelyn Nakabira on June 1, 1982, in what is now the Kalungu district (formerly part of Masaka), had a challenging upbringing following the loss of her parents. She was raised by her aunt in Mityana district.

Her educational journey included attending Aga Khan, Mityana SS, and Pride SS Mityana for her O’ Level education, followed by St. Peter’s Busubizi, where she completed her A’ Levels in 1999.

Lagu’s career in music began as a backing vocalist for prominent artists such as Carol Nakimera, Halima Namakula, Ragga Dee, and Mampi from Zambia. She also performed with bands like Mustard and Flash.

Some of her well-known solo songs include “Ogumanga,” “Ngukuwadde,” “Silkyatya,” and “Kasita Bakuleka.”

At the time of her passing, Evelyn Lagu was preparing for a charity concert titled “Evelyn Love Live in Charity” scheduled for October 28, 2023, at Papaz Spot in Makindye, a suburb of the city.

In addition to her music career, Lagu ventured into movie acting as a member of the Zubairi Family company. In June 2021, she traveled to Turkey for a kidney transplant, but due to her health condition, the procedure could not be performed. Medical professionals advised her to return to Uganda for treatment and recommended that she consider the transplant again when her health improved, but sadly, her condition did not improve.

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