Most of us grew dancing to the tunes of Mwana Wa Mberi. It is one of those rare vernacular songs that crossed tribal boundaries to entertain all. In fact so popular was the song, a function was not considered complete unless the song was played.
Most people are also not aware that the song was released in 1963 as a celebration to Kenya’s Independence. This song propelled William Ingosi to fame to a point he got to perform before the founding president of Kenya Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. This same performance also enabled him to perform internationally.
William Ingosi sadly passed away at the age of 78 in his ancestral home in Vihiga. Despite the popularity of the song, and a budding career in music; William Ingosi died a poor man who leaved in very sad conditions. So bad in fact that his widow dreads the rainy season as the roof leaks and looks like it can cave in any moment.
William Ingosi is a sad reality of the music industry in Kenya. His soul will leave on in the music he made.