Legendary Tanzanian musician Lucas Mkenda, popularly known as Mr Nice is in mourning following the death of his mother. The singer revealed that his mother died on August 12 but did not expound on the cause of death.
“I have lost my stepmother this morning…I give thanks in everything. May you rest well Mama Malasway,” he wrote. Fans and friends camped in the comment section with condolences messages.
In July this year, it emerged that the Fagilia hitmaker had relocated to Kenya and now lives in Kitengela. Radio presenter Maina Kageni vowed to bail him out if the allegations that he was broke were true saying: “I am looking for Mr Nice. I will pay for his studio fees and ensure he works with top producers such as Ayo Lizer and Magix Enga.”
Mr Nice, known for his Fagilia hit which hit the airwaves about 15-years ago, left Tanzania two years ago after failing to compete against the likes of Diamond Platinumz and Ali Kiba and found refuge in Uganda from where he accused his compatriots of always mocking him on social media.
“I prefer where I make money. Or do you prefer I stay at home so you continue laughing at me? That is not appropriate. Our President John Magufuli urges us to continue working hard and stop gossiping,” he said at the time.
Mr Nice said that nowadays, artistes are 'finishing' each other, opining that there are many ways of finishing a person and if they don’t have a backup plan, they end up being forgotten despite their talent.
"Some were lucky to be helped by Tanzania's former President, the likes of Ray C. But where is she? She was helped up to five or six times and she still failed," he said.
Harmonize sampling beat
Earlier this year, Mr Nice was in the headlines after accusing bongo star Rajabu Abdul Kahali alias Harmonize of stealing his beats. He claimed that Harmonize sampled the beats from his 2006 hit King'asti in his hit Hainistui.
"Harmonize has sampled my beats without my consent, it is the worst kind of stealing. I am hurting for this is like when the child you love most in your family steals from you," he said, adding that the former Wasafi Classic Baby signee should have simply reached out to him.
"If he would have requested me or just noticed me, I would not have denied him the beats. I feel like I have let friendship prosper more than business."