Just days after popular Kikuyu Benga musician Albert Gacheru died, his brother Basilio Ngunjiri has passed on.
Ngunjiri, 69, a teacher by profession, succumbed to Covid-19 related complications at a hospital in Ol Kalou, Nyandarua county on Wednesday.
“My brother had just received the Covid-19 jab at a local health centre on Tuesday last week. After that, he developed Covid-like symptoms that got worse this week. His death is another blow to the entire family that is yet to come to terms with the death of our brother Albert Gacheru,” Julius Ngunjiri, his brother said.
Family, friends and former students eulogised the late Ngunjiri as a committed teacher loved by all. Ngunjiri used to teach at a primary school in the 1990s.
“He presided over Igwamiti Primary School during the only period that the school recorded historic pass marks and the highest number of students admitted in both provincial and National schools including Starehe Boys Center. It was the early 90s when Basilio Ngunjiri Kiarie became the principal of Igwamiti after leaving Kamukunji Primary School,” Huku Boiman writes about him.
Gacheru, the “Mwendwa wakwa mariru” hitmaker died at the Kenyatta National Hospital earlier this week. He had been admitted at the ICU for two months. Born in Boiman, Nyandarua, Gacheru’s magnum opus was “Mumunya”, recorded in 1987.
Gacheru was also a renowned producer. His 1990s recording label Wamaitu Productions recorded popular artistes such as the late Queen Jane and John De Mathew. He abandoned the business in 1999 following a mysterious fire in his studio.
His oeuvre includes Mariru, Nindaguteire, Hurry Waithera, and Yaruanio.