Brother to Kikuyu Benga Musician Albert Gacheru Dies Three Days After Him

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  • The Family of the late Benga Musician Albert Gacheru Wamatha has been thrown into mourning again after the death of his brother.
  • Basilio Ngunjiri, Gacheru's brother died in Nyandarua after a short illness, a member of the family confirmed.
  • In related news Narok Roads CEC John Marindany has died while receiving treatment at the Nairobi women's hospital.

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The Family of the late Benga Musician Albert Gacheru Wamatha has been thrown into mourning again after the death of his brother.

Basilio Ngunjiri, Gacheru’s brother died in Nyandarua after a short illness, a member of the family confirmed.

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Ngunjiri’s death comes barely 3 days after his more famous brother died at the Kenyatta national hospital.

Gacheru, famed by his music, died at age of 59 after being in the ICIU for almost two months.

 

His most famous hit was Mariru, but he also composed other hit songs including Mumunya, Hurry Hurry Waithera, Nindaguteire and Indo Ciakwa.

At the age of 50, Wamaitu pursued a Law degree at Mount Kenya University (MKU) and later proceeded to the Kenya School of Law.

He was the proprietor of a music production studio known as Wamaitu Productions.

Gacheru helped jumpstart the careers of artists such as Shari Martin, Mary Wambui, the late John DeMatthew and Queen Jane.

At some point in his career, the departed served in the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) and the Kenya Music Composers Association.

In related news Narok Roads CEC John Marindany has died while receiving treatment at the Nairobi women’s hospital.

Narok Governor Samuel Tunai mourned Marindany as a honorable, God-fearing and respectable leader who easily gave direction to those he worked with saying his death was a major blow to the county.

Narok County Executive Committee Member (CEC) for Roads and Public Works, John Marindany

“I have learned with shock and difficulty of the very untimely death of Hon. John Marindany, who until his death, served as a devoted County Executive Committee Member for the Department of Roads and Public Works.

My administration has suffered a big blow by the death of a dedicated member of the County Executive whose services were a major knob in service delivery,” Tunai said in a statement.

Tunai said the CEC was a transformational leader and a key pillar in the implementation of the County’s development agenda.

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