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Country mourns Kikuyu Benga singer John DeMathew

Musician John DeMathew died in a road accident yesterday (Sunday) night.

The country is mourning the death of a renown Kikuyu Benga musician John Ng'ang'a Mwangi popularly known as John DeMathew who met his death in a road accident on Sunday night.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday morning led other leaders in condoling with the family, friends and the fans of the artiste describing him  as a brilliant and iconic singer.  

 “As a nation, we were privileged to have had such a brilliant artiste who played a big role in promoting our African cultural heritage through his music. Indeed, we have lost an icon in the music industry. DeMathew championed and played a big role in preserving our cultural heritage,” the head of state said.

His deputy William Ruto described the musician as great composer of Kikuyu lyrics who used his music to fight societal vices such as alcoholism as well as messages of promoting peace and cohesion.  “He used his talent to teach us life lessons and convey social-economic and cultural messages especially to the youth,” Dr Ruto said.  

Others leaders who have mourned the celebrated artiste include mount Kenya region leaders where the singer comes from led by Murang’a governor Mwangi Wa Iria. His Machakos counterpart Dr. Alfred Mutua also expressed his deep sympathy and prayers to the  musician's family.    
The deceased encountered his death  near Blue Post hotel in Thika, along the busy Thika- Kenol road. His car, eye witnesses said was speeding before it rammed into a lorry. The musician was coming from a fundraiser in Murang'a where they were contributing towards his friend's (Peter Kigia) hospital bill. Those who were  with him said that he was jovial during the event and even bide them goodbyes not knowing he would meet his death moments later.

DeMathew was born in Murang’a County over 50years ago in Gatanga constituency. He was a fourth born in his family .His music career took off in December 1986 and since then has managed to record over 50 albums and more than 300 songs.

He was popularly known for his two hit songs: ‘Njata yakwa' and ‘Nduku'.The late artiste has left behind two wives and three children.



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