John De Mathew Biography: John De Mathew is a Kenyan Kikuyu iconic and legendary benga musician who is known as arguably the most prolific of the secular music from the Mount Kenya region.
John De Mathew Biography, age, career, background, wealth.
John De Mathew whose real name was John Mwang’i Ng’ang’a.
John De Mathew hails from Gatanga in Murang’a County and was born more than fifty years ago. He was the fourth born in a family of eight.
De Mathew’s music career took off in December 1986, with the ‘My Dear Nduku’ single and he managed to record well over 50 albums under his name during his time.
John Demathew had two wives namely Sarafina and Caroline Waithera. He was popularly called “baba Shiku” meaning that he had a child called Wanjiku named after his mother.
Far from his singing hobby, the late who was also considered one of the wealthiest and most admired musicians in Mount Kenya region was also the chairperson of Tamco Sacco. The Sacco was formed to uplift the welfare of musicians.
John Ng’ang ‘a De’Mathew died Sunday night(19th August 2019), after ramming a truck at a black spot near Blue Post hotel on Thika Superhighway.
Gatanga Member of Parliament Nduati Ngugi said the musician died on the spot, and his body was taken to Thika Nursing Home and later transferred to Kenyatta University mortuary.
He was heading home after attending a fundraiser for fellow musician Peter Kagia’s ailing child, a close family member said.
We are saddened by the news of the death of our Member John Mwangi Ng'ang'a alias John DeMatthew who died in road crash at Blue Post in Thika.
The music industry is at a great loss.
— PRISK® (@priskkenya) August 19, 2019
— Senator Naomi Shiyonga (@NaomiShiyonga) August 19, 2019
Benga maestro John DeMathew dies in a road accident at Blue Post along Thika Super Highway
— The Standard Digital (@StandardKenya) August 18, 2019
— Dennis Itumbi, HSC (@OleItumbi) August 19, 2019
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