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‘Ino ni Momo’ hit maker to be buried in Kirinyaga

Renowned Kikuyu musician Murimi wa Kahalf, popularly known for his hit song ‘Ino ni Momo‘, will be laid to rest Tuesday at Gatugura village in Kirinyaga County.

The musician, born Sammy Murimi Nderi, died last week after a long illness.

Prior to his death, he had been admitted at Aga Khan Hopsital and St Francis Hospital in Kasarani.

Fans had pooled together to foot his hospital bill after an appeal through a local vernacular station.

On Sunday afternoon, there was a music extravaganza in memory of Murimi Wa Kahalf held at Homeland bar, located along the Thika superhighway.

Fellow musicians, radio personalities, friends and fans came together at the extravaganza to celebrate his life in music and raise money towards a kitty to support his family.

In 2008, Wa Kahalf released the song ‘Nduta Rooko’ (Buy me a drink), under the stage name Man Murimi, but decided to change his stage name to Murimi wa Kahalf, a direct translation of his mum’s name, Wakanuthu.

This was after he noted that there was another one-man guitarist who also used the Man Murimi stage name.

With the new stage name, he went on to release big hits like Sophia, Kamunguna, Twana Twakwa (My kids), among other hit songs.

He shot to national fame in 2011 when he released the song Ino Ni Momo which chides chubby women.

According to Magua Kioi, one of the musicians who worked together with the late Wa Kahalf, the musician had left a big gap in the music scene.

“He was a colleague, a mentor to many upcoming musicians and performers and whose legacy will live forever in his songs.” Said Magua.