November 22nd 2017

Entertainment / Celebrities

Kamba community rekindles memories of a renowned musician 17 years later

The late Musyoki was a unique artiste respected in the community and the record he left has never been broken since his demise. The late Musyoki was born in April 1970 in Kimangu village Yatta division in the old Machakos District during those years. He went to Kimangu primary school.

By Joshua Mwangangijmwangangi@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 10 Jul 2017 18:06 EAT

The Kamba community is commemorating 17 years since the demise of famous Kimangu band leader Charles Musyoki Kikumbi alias Kijana. The late Musyoki was a popular artist who transformed the industry of music in Ukambani region.

His fans across the Country could not believe when the sad news of his death on 7 July in the year 2000 spread like bush fire. The late Musyoki was involved in a fatal road accident along Mombasa road at Katheka Kai near the junction of the Machakos road as he was returning to Nairobi from Mombasa.

The late Musyoki was a unique artiste respected in the community and the record he left has never been broken since his demise. The late Musyoki was born in April 1970 in Kimangu village Yatta division in the old Machakos District during those years. He went to Kimangu primary school.

The late Musyoki’s biography is extra ordinary and unique in a certain manner, for instance his mother said that he conceived him after being pregnant for one year unlike other pregnancies which take a duration of nine months. The late Musyoki is said to have been influenced by internal spirits which controlled his life of fame. He is said to have once told his uncle that he will one day park his car at the cow shed. His uncle could not know that he was driven by certain forces until he witnessed the singer’s dream come true years later. All what he said came true when the late Musyoki parked his matatus at the same cow shed he was telling his uncle many years ago.

His mother said that the late Musyoki was possessed by music and he managed to make his own man-made guitar which he carried everywhere and composed songs until he dropped out of school and the family was forced to perform a ritual ceremony to bless him to move on with his music. He finally moved to Nairobi and met with a tycoon who sponsored him to buy his first electric guitar. The late Musyoki was financed by famous Kamba businessman Kyania Kang’aatu of Machakos to record his first album. He was also said to be friendly to the late tycoon Simon Munywoki, the owner of matatus Christened Original who enlightened him on how to do business and save the earnings of the songs he sold.

The late Musyoki used to record his songs at famous Matunda productions owned by Producer Joe. He collaborated with Christopher Monyoncho a musician from Kisii during many events and production. His famous Kimangu band team in those years had its own team members including; Sammy Kasee, Bosco Mulwa aka Ng’anzeki among many others.

Some of the late Musyoki’s song which made him popular among his fans includes; Kadogo, Marieta, Kuluta, Bomb last among others and they can be found on You Tube mdundo and music shops. The former president Daniel Moi even rewarded late Musyoki for his talent. His son Festus Musyoki (Kituu Junior) is now a musician who is leading the band his father left and all the boys he is said to have sired with different women across Ukambani region are also musicians with their own bands and are coming up with the reflection of their father’s talent. Late Musyoki used the slogan ‘Yaitwa ya untie yii kimangu’ which its interpretation means it belongs to aunt.

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