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.
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.
Oh My! The man who gave us, Niwe Njata Yakwa, You are my star – very poetic music and a prophetic musician too. Go well bro. #RIPDemathew pic.twitter.com/VslvcgEcIO
— 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™ ???? (@ItsShark15) 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
* He was pronounced dead on arrival at Thika Nursing Home @StandardKenya #RIPDemathew pic.twitter.com/jmk2ri24H5
— The Standard Digital (@StandardKenya) August 18, 2019
Just Yesterday night At Our Local John DeMathew performed for us We didn’t know it was his Last time Gone Too Soon… ??? #RIPDemathew pic.twitter.com/lQ2eg9kBR7
— 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
End of an era! No words can express the loss in the mugithi fraternity…My deepest condolences to family,friends and fans..
Rest in peace John Demathew#RIPDemathew pic.twitter.com/uCl2Kux3OK
— alex gichuki (@alexgichuki9) August 18, 2019
May your soul rest in peace John Demathew we will surely miss you, condolences to family and friends.#RipDemathew pic.twitter.com/zlfcfOsOOM
— 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
DeMathew famed for his “We Nowe Njata Yakwa” among many Hit Songs has had his Music Career spanning for over 3 Decades#RIPDeMathew pic.twitter.com/SJI2KbHtfA
— Hezbon Mureithi® (@HezMureithi) August 18, 2019
Accident has snatch our favorite musician John Demathew at bluepost hotel Thika-Kenol highway…#RIPDemathew pic.twitter.com/Kxfs3g68fo
— 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
This life though…….. A prophet has gone to rest.
Journey well Baba Shiku.#RIPDemathew pic.twitter.com/cbG9cVXmIQ
— 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.
May He rest in Peace.#RIPDemathew pic.twitter.com/qP6oSrIlEF
— Mugithi Festival (@mugithifestival) August 18, 2019
One of my dad’s favorite musician, grew up listening to his songs. Rest well Master ??♀️ #RIPDemathew pic.twitter.com/QVpIzTSJ36
— wekah wekah?? (@denoh_stinger) August 18, 2019
He who expressed his political views, social views and economic views through his music ?? we lost a legend. Our roads have done it again ??.
John Demathew#Ripdemathew. pic.twitter.com/cS4g3lNGal
— Moses muriithi?? (@Biggestalley) August 18, 2019