Uhuru praises departed Benga musician John DeMathew

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“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.”

He further lauded the deceased’s efforts in mentoring upcoming musicians.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday condoled with friends and family of departed Benga musician John Ng’ang’a aka John DeMathew who perished in a road accident on Sunday evening.

In his message, the Head of State described the musician as a brilliant artiste who promoted African heritage through his music.

He further lauded the deceased’s efforts in mentoring upcoming musicians.

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“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,” said Uhuru.

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DeMathew died in a road crash at Blue Post on Sunday evening.

According to Thika Base Commander Elenah Wamuyu, the musician’s car rammed into a lorry near Blue Post Hotel.

He was coming from a harambee that was held in Thika in support of musician Peter Kigia.

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DeMathew was one of the pioneers of a Sacco that was started to pool resources together to give musicians proper send offs without resorting to harambees.

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