Our roads have once again robbed us of a great artist and musician. Top legendary Kikuyu artist cum songwriter John Ng’ang’a, alias John DeMathew, came to his untimely death driving down Thika Road. Thika Base Commander Elenah Wamuyu said Demathew’s car rammed into a lorry near Blue Post Hotel. Gatanga MP Ngugi Nduati confirmed that DeMathew was coming from a harambee held at Metro Bar in support of fellow musician Peter Kigia.
The Benga musician is well known for a plethora of songs rich in entertainment and great advice. He expressed his political views, social views and economic views through his music.
The accident has thrust the country back into mourning as messages of condolences flooded social media.
— Dennis Itumbi, HSC (@OleItumbi) August 19, 2019
I have always loved "Njata Yakwa" by John DeMathew, a song in which Murang’a County Woman Representative Hon. Sabina Chege acted as John DeMathew's wife. You will be missed legend. #RIPDeMathew pic.twitter.com/NLubNlDDx3
— Embakasi Finest 🇰🇪 🐐. (@ThisIsMboya) August 18, 2019
John Demathew fought so hard to improve the welfare of musicians through Tamco Sacco, which was aimed at collecting resources to support musicians during challenging times. It is indeed a big blow to the industry, may he Rest In Peace.
— Dennis Kiplimo™ 🇰🇪🇰🇪 (@ItsShark__) August 18, 2019
John DeMathew has gone to be with the Lord – to his family our deepest n sincere condolences,
Now politicians have another funeral to campaign for punguza or ongeza mzigo! #ripDeMathew pic.twitter.com/PfMSwciHzg
— ping pong official 🇰🇪 (@pauliddiali) August 18, 2019
Benga maestro John DeMathew dies in a road accident at Blue Post along Thika Super Highway
— The Standard Digital (@StandardKenya) August 18, 2019
— ANDY (@AndyUtd_) August 18, 2019
The passing on of John DeMathew is a big blow to the Kikuyu Music fraternity. This guy was super talented. May his soul rest in peace. #RIPDemathew
— BRAVIN™ (@ItsBravin) August 18, 2019
— alex gichuki (@alexgichuki9) August 18, 2019
— Gathoni Wa Muchomba (@wa_muchomba) August 18, 2019
While growing up, I listened a lot to John DeMathew. 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. #ripDeMathew pic.twitter.com/hMATsptSLN
— Hon. Jaguar (@RealJaguarKenya) August 18, 2019
If there was something that John De'Mathew was good at, it was addressing social, economic and political challenges facing the locals in his music.
Mbeú Njíthí was one great song addressing the alcoholism problem among the Kikuyu men (and especially young men).#RIPDemathew
— Oliver Mathenge (@OliverMathenge) August 18, 2019
#MondayMorning #mondaythoughts #MondayMotivation
Surely this Just reminded me It does not take Cancer only for one to die, Kenyan Roads are pathetic😧😧 John Demathew fare thee well #RipDemathew pic.twitter.com/GhOVcwZY7e
— 🇰🇪Tired Kenyan🇰🇪 (@Im__Pachira) August 18, 2019
Celebrated Kikuyu Benga Musician from Gatanga Murang'a County John DeMathew has died in a grisly Road Accident at Thika Blue Post area
— Hezbon Mureithi® (@HezMureithi) August 18, 2019
— Davie Mugo🇰🇪🇰🇪 (@davi_mugo) August 18, 2019
John Demathew was there in the cassettes era, the cd era, the dvd era, the skiza tune era and still is even in this you tube craze era! You know why? He produced ever greens with a touch of modernity. He will forever remain in our hearts #RIPDemathew
— Kim futalytic (@KimFutalytic) August 18, 2019
@K24 @Kamemetv @kamemefm @kbcTruly you said it right,(moyo ti kibandi') life is not like an I'd card that when it lost you can get another one,go well we shall meet in beautiful show,#RIPDemathew pic.twitter.com/Cn580haxfc
— james kinyua jaki (@KinyuaJaki) August 18, 2019
— Polycarp Hinga® 🇰🇪 (@PolycarpHinga) August 18, 2019
We deeply regret to announce the death of Mr John De Mathew. Him being in our line up at the Mugithi Festival, it gives us deep sadness and sorrow for loosing such a talent. He will be remembered by many but most importantly his fans.
— Mugithi Festival (@mugithifestival) August 18, 2019
— Only one Deno 🍁🏆 (@denoh_stinger) August 18, 2019