The loss of life of ‘Kenya Twist’ music legend John Amutabi Nzenze (John Wanga) on Saturday marks the top of an period of singers and guitarists who popularised the style that arose within the 1960s.
The dance type that was common with the younger and previous concerned the spiral shaking of the physique. Different proponents of the ‘Twist’ have been Daudi Kabaka, John Abass and George Agade.
One other musical nice of that point was John Mwale, who additionally doubled as an incredible rhumba singer.
Most of those musicians got here from western Kenya, significantly at the moment’s Vihiga County.
Different legends from Western Kenya embrace George Mukabi, Isaya Mwinamo. Edward Nandwa, Shem Tube, John Lwangu, Tom Miti and John Ondolo.
It’s a unhappy interval for music lovers as Nzenze’s loss of life got here simply a number of days after the benga musician Jimmy Wayuni succumbed to accidents he sustained in a street accident close to Kahawa Sukari in Nairobi, final Tuesday.
His automotive collided head on with a lorry on the Thika Freeway.
The loss of life of the 80-year-old after an extended battle with prostate most cancers was confirmed by his sister Mary Wanga on Saturday.
“He had been recuperating at St Elizabeth Mukumu Mission Hospital after a surgical procedure. He developed respiratory problems and died,” Ms Wanga informed Nation.
Nzenze is survived by widow Phanice Kamonya and 5 youngsters (4 sons and a daughter).
Talking to the Nation on Sunday, musician Western Area Music Copyright Society Kenya Chairman Sila wa Sila stated Nzenze’s burial has been set for June 13 at his ancestral house in Kaptech, Hamisi, in Vihiga County.
Others who despatched their condolences have been gospel music star Joseph Shisia of the Omundu Mulosi hit tune.
Deputy President William Ruto, Cotu Secretary-Basic Francis Atwoli, Vihiga Deputy Governor Patrick Saisi, music fan Samson Jumba of Thika, Maximillah Barasa of Bungoma, musician Getrude Mwendo and band chief John Katana of Them Mushrooms, additionally despatched condolence messages to Nzenze’s household.
Although born in Muthurwa Railway Quarters in Nairobi in 1940, the place his father labored with East African Railways Company, he spend most of his life at his rural house.
As Nzenze stated in an earlier interview, he labored intently with Daudi Kabaka, John Mwale, and Reuben Shimbilo, all from the Tiriki sub-tribe of the Luhya neighborhood of western Kenya.
Nzenze’s hit songs embrace Angelike Twist, which made him fairly common throughout East and Central Africa. Others have been Amina, Elizabeth and Twist ni Mzuri.
A lot of the music legends of the 1960s labored in resorts in Nairobi.
In Nzenze’s illustrious musical profession, aside from performing in Kenya together with his Air Fiesta Mateta Band, he carried out in Ethiopia, the United Kingdom and Japan.