Kenyans mourn Kikuyu Benga maestro John DeMathew

Kenyans have received the news of the death of musician John Ng'ang'a aka DeMathew with shock.

 DeMathew was pronounced dead at the Thika Nurturing home after his vehicle reportedly rammed into a lorry along Thika Super Highway near the Blue Post Hotel.

The musician known for his Gikuyu Benga tunes was driving alone after attending a fundraiser for a fellow musician Peter Kagia.

" [it's] Sad he had to die in some sort of re-enactment of his famous 'My dear Nduku' song... Where the car turned (sic) 3 times....," commented a fan by the name Rarewatts.

DeMathew's death comes 11 months after Joseph Kamaru's another maestro who died October 2018. 

Gatanga MP Nduati Ngugi said the musician died as he was being rushed him to hospital.

DeMathew appealed to audiences beyond Kikuyuland with his songs.

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"That kyuk music I don't grasp but still listen to. Great star rested untimely," read Edward Bushuru  on-line post.

Politicians also sent in their tributes mourning the DeMathew. Starehe MP Charles Njagua tweeted: “While growing up, I listened a lot to John DeMathew. His music inspired me greatly to become the musician I am today. I am Deeply saddened by his untimely demise following a tragic road accident today. May His soul rest well in eternal peace.

Kiambu County Woman Representative Gathoni wa Muchomba said: “May your soul rest in peace. John Demathew we will surely miss you, condolences to family and friends.”

Other Kenyans asked the government to improve road safety so that lives lost on the road may be reduced.

" It's sad that we have lost a legend through another senseless road accident. We should use such high profile deaths to ask for accountability in the road and road safety management," said Gordon Opiyo.

DeMathew was popular with his songs that explored diverse topical issues including politics, livelihoods, love as well as trends in society.

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