Youthful DJ Kennedy Munene Kaburu aka “DJ Starboy” was buried last Friday at Taai village, Kagwampungu, Meru County.
The DJ perished in a tragic road accident on Sunday the 21st. He was transporting miraa in his Toyota Hilux pick-up from Meru to Maua when he skid on a wet road, lost control of the vehicle and rolled.
DJ Starboy had shelved his disco-jockey tools and ventured into the profitable miraa business after clubs shut down owing the coronavirus pandemic.
But it is one of his last posts on Instagram that has sorrowful fans-and family- conclude that he had a premonition of his own death. “The cemetery is full of unfinished dreams. Pray for life and not just the money,” he posted.
A video of him behind the wheel of his pickup, nodding to the beat of Nyashinki’s Hapo Tu, has gone viral.
DJ Starboy’s death rekindled debate on the dangers Miraa drivers pose not only to themselves but to other road users while transporting the crop. The perishable crop popular in markets in Nairobi and parts of Northern Kenya, is usually transported at high speeds.
“I would like to urge Miraa drivers to be more careful on the roads in as much as they want their products to reach the markets fast,” former Nkuene ward MCA Nick Mburugu said during the burial ceremony.
Mburugu encouraged youth in the area to be industrious like DJ Starboy was. “Feel challenged by the way Munene led his life and get active. Do not rely on your parents but instead work hard and help them in their old age,” said Nick. “White-collar jobs should not limit you but instead, self-employ yourself. Munene did not rely on being employed but looked for a business to venture into. Do not be lazy for laziness is even cursed in the Bible. Unlock the infinite potential in you, it is possible.”
DJ Starboy was the second born child of the late Charles Murwithania and Nancy Kathure. “Aauuww my love!! I will surely miss you,” wrote the DJ’s girlfriend Clare Ashley. “I love you from the deepest part of my heart and I’ll always do. You made us all so happy. Sleep well, my love. Till we meet again.”
DJ Starboy, who was only 23, is survived by his sister Fridah and mother Nancy Kathure.