10 best Kikuyu musicians

The Kikuyu are among the tribes in Kenya that reside in the former centra province. A lot of musical talent has emerged from this region, and you might be wondering who the best musicians from central Kenya are? Here is a complete list of the top 10 best musicians Central Kenya has ever produced of all time. If you love gospel songs then feel free to see the best Kikuyu gospel music.

1. John De’ Mathew

De’Mathew has recorded more than 50 albums over the past 30 years. He has amazingly maintained to remain relevant in changing conditions by singing powerful songs on love, politics, and social criticism. John Mwangi Ng’ang’ a, commonly known as John DeMathew, passed away on 18th August 2019 in a deadly road accident.

2. Salim Junior

Famous one-man-guitar musician Paul Mwangi Salim, famously known as Salim Junior, died back in 2016. He was ever armed with a guitar or other complicated musical instruments. His melodious tone and a knack for embracing popular Kikuyu songs from the late seventies and the eighties made him one of the popular musicians in the central province of Kenya. Before his death in 2016, he enjoyed huge mugithi followers.

3. Joseph Kamaru

Joseph Kamaru is also one of the most excellent musicians from the central Kenya region. Before his death on 3rd October 2018, the Kikuyu musical sensation enjoyed five decades of singing and had produced over 3,000 songs. He is a multi-talented performer who could comfortably entertain using a guitar pluck, drum, and keyboard.

4. Late John Ndichu

Before his death, musician Ndichu was Kikuyu’s popular musician who gave the best when it came to real entertainment. His music has stayed relevant to date.

5. JB Maina

JB Maina a famous Kikuyu musician. He is known for songs like ‘Ni Maundu Maigana,’ ‘Muiritu wa Kabete,’ ‘Tiga Kamute,’ among others.

6.  Simion Kihara

Simion Kihara is arguably one of the best musicians who Central Kenya prides itself with. He possesses a remarkable four decades of a successful music career. Most upcoming musicians look up to him.

7. Peter Kigia

He is commonly known as Wa Esther. Over the last three decades, he has experienced a successful music profession. Despite his extended stay in the entertainment industry, he has still remained relevant to date.

8. Late Queen Jane

She is one of the very best secular musicians, central Kenya has ever produced. Some of the tunes she released in the early 90s are still experiencing amazing airplay and positive reviews.

9. Sammy Muraya

Muraya was a widely traveled artist who enjoyed amazing popularity. How he uniquely inspired humour in his songs is one of the things that made him stand out.

10. Daniel Kamau

In his prime, he relished unrivaled success in secular songs, but later his music profession faded as he opted to attempt into active politics.


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