Video emerges of John DeMathew's last performance before death

May he rest in eternal peace.

Famous Kikuyu Benga musician John DeMathew dies in road crash, video of his last performance

Popular Kikuyu maestro John Nga'nga' alias John DeMathew died on Sunday evening in a tragic road crash.

DeMathew, who was driving alone in his car, rammed into a lorry near Blue Post Hotel and was rushed to Thika Nursing Home where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Gatanga MP Nduati Ngugi explained that the musician had just attended a fundraising event for the ailing child of another Benga musician, Peter Kigia.

A mourning fan posted a video of the departed celebrity's last performance on Twitter lamenting that he had "gone too soon".

His body is being preserved at the Kenyatta University mortuary as the family plans for his final send off.

King of Kikuyu music

According to enthusiasts of the genre, the musician's illustrious career is only comparable to that of the late Joseph Kamaru.

He is reported to have released 50 albums during his lifetime most of which centred on the issues facing his people at the time.

He addressed topics such as political leaders, the Kikuyu culture, peace and the consumption of illicit brew.

Until his demise, he was spear-heading the creation of Tamco Sacco for Benga musicians that would also act as a welfare group to ensure decent send-offs for the local celebrities.

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