According to police, Kenyan musician John De’ Mathews has died in a fatal car crash on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019.
The singer’s real name was John Ng’ang’a. He was driving alone in Nairobi Sunday night when he hit a truck, according to police.
According to a local media report, he was coming from a fundraiser where he performed.
De’ Mathews sang regularly sang in the language of Kenya, Kikuyu, and was popular for his style of music known as Benga. It was featured with fast-paced guitar tunes.
Kenyan’s vice president William Ruto paid tribute to De’ Mathews and described him as an “eloquent performer whose lyrics tackled social problems.” He stated in a post on Twitter,
“De Mathew was a great composer of Kikuyu lyrics, which carried undertones of societal ills, including alcoholism and promoting peace and cohesion in society.”
Kenyan lawmaker and musician, Charles Njagua Kanyi, who goes by the stage name, Jaguar, said De’ Mathew’s songs inspired him.
“While growing up, I listened a lot to John De’ Mathews. 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.”
De’ Mathew recorded more than 50 albums and had sung over 300 songs. His fans shared videos of his last performance on Sunday night on social media.
Many are using the hashtag # RIPDeMathew to share fond memories of the musician who was famous for wearing cowboy hats.
By Jeanette Smith
CNN: Kenyan musician John De’ Mathew dies in car crash
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