The demise of the benga Musician John Demathew has set a darkness to the community ndespcially close friends whom he worked closely with.
Since the news of his death broke, condolences have been pouring in from fellow musicians, fans and political leaders from across the country.
Among those in shock include Kamande Kioi and Muigai Njoroge,the duo were once arrested alongside Demathew over hate spech by Mzalendo Kivuja.
The three were charged at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi with several counts of incitement to violence and hate speech.
Speaking to media, Kamande described Demathew as an icon and a mentor to several generations that looked upto him.
“We are lost for words following his untimely death, as we had closely worked together over the years,” Wa Kioi said.
Muigai said De Mathew’s death has shocked him and he is now afraid, being that they are in the same profession.
“I am feeling afraid God has taken away two of our legends in one year, Kamaru and now De’Mathew. I don’t know what He wants with the community,” he said.
He said he has always been inspired to do music by the late De’Mathew, and the two have interacted so much.
“De’ Mathew was not a common singer as he would sing about everything, including love, education and when the country was in political difference, he would chip in and address that through his music,” he said.
The musician is expected to be lai to rest on Saturday in Gatanga Constituency Murang’a County.
Several dignitaries among hed of state Uhuru Kenyatta nd his deputy William Ruto are expected to attend.