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from URATHI WA KAMARU [REISSUE] by Joseph Kamaru



1972 marked yet another suspicious death of a prominent politician. Ronald Ngala died under mysterious circumstances which have not yet been unraveled up to date. However, Kamaru didn't release a song in 1972, and only did so in 1975 when another famous politician died. In this year a former Mau Mau detainee and a popular member of parliament, Josiah Mwangi Kariuki, popularly known as JM was found murdered in Ngong Forest with his body mutilated.
Kamaru released a song, titled JM Kariuki which was quite critical of the government. The song not only describes the grisly murder, but also asks the government to provide the answers to the death of an innocent man.'


from URATHI WA KAMARU [REISSUE], released July 26, 2019


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Joseph Kamaru (1939 – 2018)
Little known outside of Africa, Joseph Kamaru has been influencing the music scene in his homeland of Kenya since 1967. While his earliest hits, " Celina", "Thina wa Kamaru" were rhythmic dance tunes, recorded with his sister.
Kamaru was a Kenyan Benga and gospel musician and political activist, an an icon, a hero, and a leading Kikuyu musician.
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