Demathew’s girlfriends were scared of me – Sabina Chege speaks on special relationship with fallen musician

Sabina opens up on history with DeMathew

Demathew’s girlfriends were scared of me – Sabina Chege speaks on special relationship with fallen musician

Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege on Friday morning came out to publicly address allegations of being married to fallen Kikuyu musician John DeMathew.

Sabina said she had a close professional and personal friendship that many people, misconstrued as a romantic love affair.

She said that the rumors were so serious that even DeMathew’s girlfriends would run away whenever she accompanied the musician to social functions.

After we did Njata Yakwa, it became such a hit that even when I would accompany John for a dance, his girlfriends would be uncomfortable and avoid me thinking I was his official partner. The truth, however, is that John was just a close friend.

It was not just professionally but I was also very close to his family. When he got married, his two wives remained my good friends to the extent that I was the one who accompanied him to discharge his wife after they were blessed with a child,” she said.

The Woman Rep recalled that their friendship started when she was starting out her career as a musician and got a chance to interview DeMathew.

I was surprised that despite being such a big star, he wasn’t a rich man. I asked him why and he told me musicians at the time would get a one-off payment from producers and hence would miss out on the royalties."

As a media person, I advised him to start making videos to his music and selling them. We would write the songs and the scripts together because I had a background in acting. With my help, he made a video Njata Yakwa and he became the first Kikuyu musician to do so. I offered to feature in the video just to demonstrate the importance of the video,” the legislator said.

She added that at the time of DeMathew’s death, they had been working together on raising NHIF awareness and on offering political guidance to the Mt Kenyan region. 

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