In his condolence message to the family, relatives, friends and fans, President Kenyatta described the popular musician as a “gifted artist who mentored and cultivated the talents of many Kenyan musicians.”
“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.
Joseph Kamaru began his career in 1956 and was one of the most popular musicians in the 1980’s thanks to classic hits like “Gathoni” and Charia Ungi”.
President Kenyatta pointed out that although the younger generation may not be familiar with his music, those who grew up in the 1980s will recall he was a force to reckon with as far as vernacular classic music goes.
Deputy President William Ruto stated that Kamaru was a father figure to many musicians, whom he took under his wing and helped them record and publish their songs.
“His place in Kenya’s folklore is assured. We mourn a great musician. Condolences to his family, friends and the music fraternity,” he stated.
The DP pointed out that the Kenyan music industry is poorer following his death.
“The vibrant performer wowed audiences with his lyrics that spoke to morality and life lessons. He generated great vibe, which informed, entertained and celebrated the Kikuyu culture.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga described Kamaru as his friend, and hailed his music as one that inspired generations in central Kenya and beyond to reflect deeply on profound political, cultural and social issues.
Kamaru passed away at MP Shah Hospital where he had been admitted since Monday after he fell ill.
Joseph Kamaru was 79 years old.