On Sunday evening, sad news of the untimely demise of the late benga musician John De'Mathew hit the country hard and sent shock waves all across the country.
Three weeks before his untimely death, however, the respected musician had taken a new task of spreading peace on behalf of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In a video seen by Kenyans.co.ke, while the musician was holding a musical tour in Central region, he delivered a message about the president and urged his fans to be peaceful.
The manner in which he made the delivery insinuated that he had met the Uhuru who even sent him to deliver a greeting to the people of Meru.
"On this tour, I have been tasked with preaching peace and unity. A country without peace doesn't forge forward. I only have one message, lets us give the head of state space to do his work.
"Forget about these other discussions about years to come, and we don't even know if we'll be alive to witness," De'Mathew told his fans.
At the event, the lyrical genius also presented a hatcher to a local women group from De Mathew foundation.
The concert was held at Embu Stadium and featured numerous artists including Sammidoh, Ben Githae and Bahati. It was aired on Kameme TV.
On his end, the president eulogised the deceased musician as a brilliant artiste.
“As a nation, we were privileged to have had such a brilliant artist who played a big role in promoting our African cultural heritage through his music. Indeed, we have lost an icon in the music industry," mourned Uhuru.
Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo disclosed that he was to meet the artist for a cup of tea but his expectation was never fulfilled.
"I’ve received the sad news of the demise of my friend John De'Mathew. My brother, you were to come to my house for tea kesho (tomorrow). I can’t believe it. John, you’re no more. RIP. Fare thee well my friend. You refused to come to my house yesterday so you could finish your medication, how I wish I had insisted," recalled Kabogo.
De'Mathew died in a road crash along Thika Superhighway on Sunday evening.
Below is a video of the concert:
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