Popular Nakuru’s Kikuyu secular musician Watutu passes on

Popular Kikuyu secular musician and comedian Stephen Muraya Tutu is dead.

Muraya popularly known as Watutu for his hit song “Kahaki” died at Kenyatta national hospital early Wednesday after a long illness.

Watutu has been suffering from kidney complications for slightly over one year.

He hails from Chandera village in Turi ward, Molo constituency Nakuru County.

He has been receiving treatment at Nakuru level five hospital, North Kinangop catholic hospital, Alghadir hospital Nakuru and lately Kenyatta national hospital.

When not in the music industry Watutu has been working at an oil refinery company in Nakuru {United Millers}.

Watutu has been a boiler plant technician and a supervisor at the refinery, having trained at Kisumu Industrial Institute.Before developing health complications Watutu was among key entertainers performing live in clubs within Nakuru County.

Watutu, as he is fondly known among his fans and peers, knew he had a talent in music since he was in primary school.

However, he had watched throughout his life the rise and fall of musicians and decided it would not be his lifetime career.

Five years into employment, Watutu released his first album titled Mashabik.Its most popular song, after which the album is named, sends apologies to his fans in Nakuru after Watutu was carjacked at Kinamba forest on his way from Nairobi.

Other albums released by Watutu include Wira and Kahaki.

The latter has enjoyed a lot of airplay especially by the vernacular stations that broadcast in the native Kikuyu language.

Kahaki, which is among the current top kikuyu hits, talks of a girl who dates a man but is only after his money.

She turns the man away from his parents. But when the man is away, Kahaki moves around with other men.

It seeks to ask women to love genuinely and not go after a man’s wallet.

News of watutu’s death was received with shock.

Mr. George Kihara of Utugi restaurant where Watutu often performed described Watutu as a dedicated musician out to grow his talent. Watutu also performed at Club garden villa, Lanet’s Dosh pub, Tas hotel among others.

Fans in Nakuru and beyond took to social media to condole with Watutu’a family wishing the family strength.

He leaves behind one wife and three children.

PHOTO/facebook:The late popular Kikuyu secular musician and comedian Stephen Muraya Tutu.

Pristone Mambili

A freelance Journalist with experience in Radio and online news writing.