Kenyan musician John De’ Mathew was seemingly a troubled man before he tragically met his death in a car crash on Sunday night, Mike Rua has intimated.
The equally-popular Kikuyu musician Mike Rua shared the last moments he had with his friend but he was overcome with emotion, requesting to cut short a live interview with the media.
He, however, revealed that he spent the whole of Sunday with DeMathew. They were both attending a fundraiser in Gatanga organized in support of fellow musician Peter Kigia’s ailing child.
According to the ‘Mugithi’ musician, De’Mathew was emotional and had cried a lot before leaving Gatanga for his Nairobi home.
“We spent the whole of yesterday with him and we talked a lot, about music, about rights for musicians as he was the Chairman of Tamco (Talented Musicians Cooperative),” Rua narrated.
He went on to add, “The last moments, he was crying and crying I don’t know what was the problem because we talked about some issues we had some controversies here and there (pauses and sighs). I don’t think it is the right time to talk about this thing, kindly call me sometime later.”
De’ Mathew, real name John Ng’ang’a, died about thirty minutes after leaving Kigia’s home when he rammed into a truck along Thika Road, near the Blue Post Hotel.
De’Mathew recorded more than 50 albums and had over 300 songs.
Here’s a video of his last performance at the fundraiser on Sunday.