The world is reacting in shock tot he sad news of the death of Aretha Franklin.
Kenyan celebrities have written tributes, and Classic 105’s Maina Kageni is among them.
The long-reigning Queen of Soul died on Thursday at the age of 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer.
Maina Kageni wrote thanking her for her music;
— Maina Kageni (@ItsMainaKageni) August 16, 2018
Bien-Aime Baraza of Sauti Sol also wrote calling her ‘One of the best vocalists of all time.’
Tanzanian music artiste Vanessa Mdee also paid tribute.
In addition Sheila Mwanyigha did too.
Likewise, some of the international tributes included;
Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. pic.twitter.com/bfASqKlLc5
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 16, 2018
Mariah Carey, who performed with Franklin on many occasions shared several tweets in which she described Franklin as “my inspiration, my mentor and my friend”.
Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul. The Icon. The ultimate singers' singer. The greatest singer and musician of my lifetime. The power of your voice in music and in civil rights blew open the door for me and so many others. You were my inspiration, my mentor and my friend. pic.twitter.com/YDQL2zzgdM
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) August 16, 2018
Also, Elton John called her death ‘a blow for everybody who loves real music: Music from the heart, the soul and the Church.’
The loss of @ArethaFranklin is a blow for everybody who loves real music: Music from the heart, the soul and the Church. Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated – she was one of my favourite pianists. pic.twitter.com/ug5oZYywAz
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) August 16, 2018
Similarly, fans flocked to the Soul icon’s star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame to pay their tribute adorning Aretha’s star with a crown and beautiful flower bouquets.