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Kenyan musician John De’ Mathew dies in car crash

The singer, real name John Ng'ang'a, was driving alone in his car in Nairobi Sunday night when he ran into a truck, Kenyan police said in a statement on Monday.He was coming from a fundraiser where he had also performed, according to a local media report.De'Mathew regularly sang in Kenya's Kikuyu language and was popular for his style of music known as Benga, which featured fast-paced guitar tunes.Kenyan's vice president William Ruto paid tribute to the singer and described him as an eloquent performer whose lyrics tackled social problems."De Mathew was a great composer of Kikuyu lyrics, which carried undertones of societal ills, including alcoholism and promoting peace and cohesion in society," Ruto said in a post on Twitter.Kenyan lawmaker and musician, Charles Njagua Kanyi, who goes by the stage name, Jaguar, said De Mathew's songs inspired him to go into music."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," Read More – Source

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