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Uhuru, Kenyans mourn departed benga musician Kamaru

President Uhuru Kenyatta has condoled with the family, relatives and friends of legendary benga musician Joseph Kamaru who died on Wednesday night while undergoing treatment.

In his message of condolences, the president said Kamaru’s death is a big blow to the Kenyan music industry. He lauded the departed artiste for using his talent as a musician to address morality while giving the best in entertainment.

“It was a blessing for us as a country to have had such a talented artiste who played a big role in promoting the Kenyan brand of music. Indeed we will miss his educative music which was unique in many aspects,” said President Kenyatta in a statement to the press.

Nasa leader Raila Odinga also sent a message of condolences terming Kamaru’s death as the end of an era.

Deputy President William Ruto, on his part, described Kamaru as a father figure to many younger musicians whose talent he groomed.

Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru described Kamaru was one of Kenya’s greatest musical icons and also an ambassador of Kikuyu culture.

“I fondly remember listening to some of his greatest hits like-caria ûngî, nuu ûcio and ke ngwîtîkîrie – as a young girl. He will be dearly missed,” she said.

Twitter was awash with glowing tributes to the departed musician.