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Joseph Kamaru’s message after his death will make you sob

Joseph Kamaru will be buried today at his home in Kaharati, Murang’a county.

The popular Kikuyu musician died at 79 years old on October 3 at MP Shah Hospital in Nairobi, where he was receiving treatment.

Speaking to classic 105, Maina Kamaru, the son, said his father wanted them to be united as a family.

 “Mzee was a person who used to emphasise on unity and peace. He always advocated that, and that was the message he relayed to us even at the end.”

Joseph Kamaru finally discharged from hospital (photo)

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Rest In Peace! Legendary Kikuyu musician Joseph Kamaru dies in Nairobi

Mzee Kamaru married Susan Wanjiru and the Late Rev. Teresia Wanjiku, with whom they were blessed with 5 children, Bonface Macharia, the Late Stephen Irungu, Ann Wanjiru, Samuel Macharia and Stephen Maina.

The singer, who has been ailing for a long time, was at one time visited by Deputy President William Ruto and musicians such as Ben Githae, who is very close to the family.

Githae acknowledged Kamaru’s contribution to the music industry and said he was a pioneer for growth within the industry.

 “Kamaru was an icon at the Mt Kenya region and he has told us (artistes) many times to remain united as well as other upcoming artistes, same way he mentored so many of us. Personally he was my mentor. He brought me up musically,” he said.

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In April, Kamaru was admitted at a Nairobi hospital, though his ailment was a closely guarded secret. Rumours of his death hit social media a few days later but were quickly dismissed.

A few weeks later, it was revealed that his family was unable to foot his hospital bill, prompting some MPs to fundraise for his medical treatment. President Uhuru Kenyatta later settled his hospital bill.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is among dignitaries expected to attend the burial.

In his condolence message, the Head of State said Kamaru used his talent as a musician to address morality, while giving the best in entertainment.

 “It was a blessing for us as a country to have had such a talented artiste, who played a big role in promoting the Kenyan brand of music. Indeed, we will miss his educative music, which was unique in many aspects.”

 

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