Sad: ‘Mwana wa Mbeli’ hit-maker William Ingosi dies


Mwana wa Mbeli hit-maker William Ingosi Moshi died Monday, September 5 at his home in Kamulembe Village in Tiriki, Muhudu location in Vihiga County, after a short illness, his son Jackson Ingosi Junior has told eDaily.

“Dad often complained about his swollen feet. Since 2003, his health has not been stable. Surgeries were performed on his feet in 2003 in France, but there was no significant health progress,” Ingosi Junior told eDaily.

“In July, this year, dad was admitted at Mt. Longonot Hospital in Naivasha for nearly three weeks. When he was discharged from hospital, he went to Nairobi; but returned to our Vihiga home on August 15. Since then he was complaining of a weak body and aching feet,” added Ingosi Junior.

William Ingosi’s body was taken to Mukumu Mortuary in Kakamega.

The veteran singer’s funeral service will take place on Saturday, September 17 at Seikuti Primary, Kamulembe Village in Hamisi Sub County. He will later on be laid to rest at his Kamulembe home.

William Ingosi died aged 78.

Jackson Ingosi Junior says his father played a significant role – through his powerful pieces of music – in educating society about values and virtues that should be embraced by members of all age groups.

A revered artiste in Kenya and the international sphere, William Ingosi will be remembered for his seasoned song Mwana wa Mbeli (loosely translated, firstborn), which he composed in honour of Kenya’s first President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.

He – on several occasions – performed the song for Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, including at the latter’s home in Gatundu South, Kiambu County.

The song is about a man praising his first-born child who delivers him from suffering and misery. It was composed as a metaphor depicting Mzee Jomo Kenyatta as the man who had delivered Kenyans from the shackles of colonialism.

Report by Olivia Musavwa.


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