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90-year-old's dream comes true after he got an audience with Uhuru [Video]

October 21st 2021, 9:40:15 am

Dream comes true 5 years later for 90-year-old musician

Kikuyu musician Paul Mutonga alias Wanganangu performs for President Uhuru Kenyatta during the 2021 Mashujaa Day luncheon

A 90-year-old Benga musician is a happy man after his dream of performing for President Uhuru Kenyatta came true on Wednesday.

Paul Mutonga alias Wanganangu is famed for the popular Kikuyu song Ngurumo ya Sabasaba.

Waganangu, an accordion player, finally got an audience with President Kenyatta at the Mashujaa Day luncheon in Kirinyaga County.

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In 2016, the nonagenarian spoke to reporters conveying that his only dream was to perform before the only Kenyan president he had never entertained - Uhuru.

Wanganangu, who is highly respected by the younger generations of Kikuyu musicians, entertained former Presidents Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki in his heydays.

Uhuru rewards Kikuyu musician Wanganangu

President Kenyatta was seen singing along as Wanganangu performed with his accordion at the sidelines of the luncheon.

He would later present Wanganangu with a title deed as a gift in response to the musician's grievance.

The 90-year-old claims that he has never received any payment from the Music Copyright Society of Kenya despite having two popular albums and enrolling as a member of the society.

In 2016, a blind Mzee Wanganangu told reporters that he was living in abject poverty while struggling to find gigs where he could play and earn a bit of cash.

Being advanced in years, the elderly Benga musician stated, at the time, that he and his wife were finding it hard to keep up.

Wanganangu also earned himself a Head of State Commendation during the 2021 celebrations.


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Miriam Mwende

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