Popular Kikuyu Benga Artist Albert Wamaitu Dies at KNH

Popular Benga musician Albert Gacheru Wamaitu is dead.

He breathed his last while receiving treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital. According to a family member, the benga maestro died on Monday 9 pm after spending two months in the ICU.

Wamaitu was well known for his hit songs Mwendwa Wakwa Mariru, Mumunya, Hurry Hurry Waithera, Nindaguteire and Indo Ciakwa.

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Starehe MP Charles Njagua aka Jaguar said the fallen musician was an inspiration to him.

“It is with profound grief that I learn of the passing on of the legendary artiste Albert Gacheru Wamaitu. He was of great inspiration to me when I was a young and budding artiste,” Jaguar wrote on Twitter.

“My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans. May his soul Rest In Eternal Peace.”

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

At the time piracy was at an all time high.

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

The deceased 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.

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