Popular Mugithi hitmaker dies

File image of revellers at a Mugithi night

Popular Mugithi hitmaker Albert Gacheru is dead.

The deceased who shot to fame for his several hits including the song Mwenda wakwa marirũ passed on at the Kenyatta National Hospital following a long illness.

News of hisd death was announced today, April 06.

Renowned Kikuyu musician Albert Gacheru has died at the Kenyatta National Hospital following a long illness.

The song Mwenda wakwa marirũ marked his rise to stardom as it dominated airwaves in the 1990’s, placing him on the map both locally and globally as foreign radio stations including the Voice of America joined in the frenzy, belting out his tunes.

In the song, Gacheru points out that most people appreciate their loved ones after they are dead instead of apppreciating them in their lifetime.

His other hits include Mumunya, Hurry Hurry Waithera, Nindaguteire, Indo ciakwa among others.

Peter Gacheru

Realizing that he was losing out on revenue as piracy swamped the entertainment world, Gacheru enrolled for a law degree at Mount Kenya University.

At the time, he was 50 years and proceeded to the Kenya School of law in 2016.

“I realized that this country has enough laws but few people, even those in business, understand the laws that relate to their businesses. I want to bring about a change in the laws governing copyright and social economic affairs of the country,” he stated in a previous interview.

Through his record label, Wamaitu Productions, Gacheru gave a platform for budding Kikuyu musicians such as the late John DeMatthew and Queen Jane, Shari Martin and Mary Wambui.

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