Popular Kikuyu musician Timothy Njuguna known by his stage name Mighty Salim is dead. This happened just after the Mugithi singer had hosted his brother Salim Junior’s fifth memorial.
The cause of his death hasn’t yet been revealed though the singer had been diagnosed with diabetes in mid-2003. In 2018, the singer was diagnosed with kidney failure and commenced dialysis, with some reports indicating that the singer was bedridden and was in dire need of KSh 2.5 million to undergo a kidney transplant.
He, however, claimed his plea fell on deaf ears as his friends and politicians abandoned him after the diagnosis.
Mighty Salim was born in Subukia, Nakuru County to Wangari Wa Salim and Joe Salim and had 8 siblings. He was a brother to the late top one-man guitarist and singer Salim Junior, Naomi Salim, Sarafina Salim, and Salim Young.
His brother Salim Junior another Mugithi great passed on after succumbing to a prolonged illness at Nakuru Memorial, 5 years ago.
Mighty Salim and Salim Junior were among the pioneer group of one-man guitar acts that included equally popular artists like the late Murimi wa Ka-half, Mike Murimi and Mike Rua.
This essentially meant these forerunners made a career, not from original creation but from innovative renditions of other artists’ songs in their own style.
The group despite launching successful solo careers enjoyed the mentorship of Kikuyu greats Wachira wa Karangatha and the late Sammy Muraya.
Importantly, they owe their success to the late Jane Nyambura alias Queen Jane, whom they called mother, who not only mentored them but also fed and housed them.
Some of Mighty Salim’s popular songs include; Jira Dukadiga, Hamwe na Mwathani and Ihoya Riakwa.
May Mighty Salim’s soul rest in eternal peace.