He is one of Kenya’s most well known Kikuyu Secular Muscisian. Simon Kihara, is his name not known by many. Musaimo Wa Njeri has been his stage name for more than thirty years now. His music took to fame when the Secular music maestro Joseph Kamaru died in 2018.
Brought up in Kangema Muranga county has acquired fame. Musaimo dug deep into the music business and formed a band named Mbiri Young Stars in that 1980s. Among his back up Muscisians that he worked with are Kimani Thomas and Joseph Wamumbe who hailed from Gatanga.
Simon has however had an extremely Successful and extensive stay in the Kikuyu Secular music. His music is well decorated with fame and love from fans all over the country. Amazingly his musical fame dated back from 1983 with a song titled My Dear Kwaheri.
He is also so privileged to record 200 songs which make him a legend for Kikuyu benga music. Amongst his famous songs are Chai wa 14,Gwata Ndai, Chiku Kanini and Ndia Nduku.
Dating queen jane
Musaimo wa Njeri has set record straight claims he was in love with late benga songstress Queen Jane.
Before Queen Jane passed away in 2010, claims were rife that she had a thing with Musaimo.
But speaking on a local Youtube programme, Musaimo denied the purported affair though he was the one who introduced Jane and her sister Lady Wanja to music industry.
Jane started her music journey in 1984 by being a back-up vocalist for Mbiri Young Stars which belongs to Musaimo.
Her two siblings; Ejidiah Wanja aka Lady Wanja and Agnes Wangui alias Princess Aggie are also in music career.
The niece of late Cabinet Minister John Michuki did the hit song “Queen Ya Musaimo” that fueled the claims the two were lovers.
“Our case was like if you work in a certain company people refer to you with that place. They referred jane to my band” Musaimo said.
Adding; “When she did the song Queen ya Musaimo that gave her the big name, people started talking about an affair”.
Musaimo with about 200 songs is among the leading musicians of yesteryears who still have big following now.
He was also decorated with Head of State Commendation by President Uhuru Kenyatta in December 2018.
The award-winning musician died of meningitis in June 29, 2010 aged 45 but her burial was delayed for three months because of a dispute between her family and her husband James Kariuki on where she were to be buried.
Her other hit songs included Mwendwa KK, Ndutige Kwiyaba, Nduraga Ngwetereire, Arume ni Nyamu, Mwendwa Nyumburira, Guka Nindarega, Ndimunogu and Mukuigua Uguo among others.