by Muthoni Kimani
February 3, 2021
Mugithi maestro Mighty Salim was yesterday laid to rest in an emotional sendoff at his home in Subukia, Nakuru County. Timothy Njuguna, died on January 24 after a short illness.
Salim left behind wife Judy and two daughters. The event held at Subukia National Youth Service grounds brought together artistes and political leaders from across the country. In her tribute, Judy described Mighty Salim’s death as heartbreaking, saying she does not know how to answer their children when they ask where their father is, as they are too young to understand death.
In an emotional tribute she said; “What about the dreams we had together? What about the future that we had planned for us and our children? You promised to be by my side. I feel helpless. Our daughters are still waiting for you to come back home. How am I supposed to look them in their eyes and tell them you will never return?”
The musicians used the opportunity to express their frustrations about the industry, saying little has been done to support their craft.
Muigai Wa Njoroge started by saying; “It is unfortunate that taxes charged on our music eat up more than what ends up in the pocket of an artiste. This is an industry that has been neglected as the government focuses on other sectors, such as games and sports,”
Samidoh weighed in on the issue, saying; “Our problems are many, but it is always assumed that we are living a good life. On the contrary, our lives in poverty are exposed when we fall ill or die, and those around us cannot even raise funds to settle accompanying bills,”
That said,Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui recognised the need for more government support to the sector, saying music is an essential tool in preserving the country’s history and its various cultures.
The Governor said; “It is worth noting that our musicians and their content are a great archive .... We need to do our best in different capacities to support and nurture these talents. Their music is a great source of conscience for communities,”
He concluded by saying; “Just like Gatanga in Central Kenya remained at the top of our music, Subukia is coming up as the next hub for musical talent. We are grateful to the bigger Salim family, which continues to train local youth into the industry,”