As per Kikuyu convictions, a singer does not die. The melodies that were sang by the deceased soul continue to counsel, caution, educate and engage the living. Even after the passing of John De Matthew, a famous Kikuyu Musician from Mount Kenya, his melodies keeps on overwhelming all vernacular media houses.
His songs will continue to serve the current generation and many more to come. Prior to his demise, John De Mathew had composed two significant tunes which are generally sang in weddings and dowry ceremonies.
The primary melody is named, “Nakweri Wendo Umaga Kuraya” (Love comes from Far). John is heard speaking a true story of how he met the last wife. This melody has been greatly embraced by the older people who have remained for such a long time in marriage and are fruitful!
The second song is entitled, “Nikio Ngukuraciria,” (Reasons Why I Must Pay Dowry For You). John narrates the reasons that will compel him to take ninety nine sheep two the wife’s parents to seek blessings. According to Kikuyu culture, men are supposed to take 100 sheep as a form of dowry. One is returned to the owner as a way of appreciation. De Mathew was indeed a legend! May the current generation imitate him by composing songs that will serve many generations.