On Saturday, 17 August 2019, revelers at Tracc Palace were entertained by a John De’Mathew live music performance not knowing he would be dead shortly thereafter.
— ANDY (@AndyUtd_) August 18, 2019
Musician John De’Mathew died on Sunday night in a road accident at Blue Post Hotel along Thika superhighway. According to sources, he was alone in the car when it rammed into a lorry from behind. Good Samaritans rushed him to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival at Thika Nursing Home.
The outpouring of grief from netizens was immediate as John De’Mathew was greatly loved for his songs that touched on socio-political issues and were a great source of inspiration to many. He was also slated to perform at the much hyped Mugiithi Festival in September. He was also the chairman of the newly formed Tamco Sacco which seeks to uplift the lives of musicians.
Music has always been a channel for advocating for improvements in a non confrontational way and John De Mathew used this. You stood for the betterment of artists & made us proud of the local Kikuyu songs & culture.
You will be greatly missed.#RIPJohnDeMathew #RIPDemathew pic.twitter.com/WTLNWy4yt7
— Agnes Kagure (@itsagneskagure) August 19, 2019
John Demathew was a hero. His music was banned by Moi, arrested during Kibaki’s time and had an ongoing court case in current Uhuru tenure. Because fearlessly fought for Wanjiku and called out on hypocritical politicians #RIPDemathew pic.twitter.com/JuBwXNd1m6
— Sedaula Mwangi® (@MwangiSimon) August 19, 2019
— ♎⭐Mwihaki⭐♎ (@MISS_NGIGI) August 19, 2019
He will be greatly missed.
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