September 20, 2019
Africa

Kenyan musician John De’ Mathew dies in car crash

The singer, real name John Ng'ang'a, was driving alone in his car in Nairobi Sunday night when he ran into a truck, Kenyan police said in a statement on Monday.He was coming from a fundraiser where he had also performed, according to a local media report.De'Mathew regularly sang in Kenya's Kikuyu language and was popular for his style of music known as Benga, which featured fast-paced guitar tunes.Kenyan's vice president William Ruto paid tribute to the singer and described him as an eloquent performer whose lyrics tackled social problems."De Mathew was a great composer of Kikuyu lyrics, which carried undertones of societal ills, including alcoholism and promoting peace and cohesion in society," Ruto said in a post on Twitter.Kenyan lawmaker and musician, Charles Njagua Kanyi, who goes by the stage name, Jaguar, said De Mathew's songs inspired him to go into music."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," Read More – Source

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