Every day is a blessing live it as if it’s your last Is what my mum tells me every day, death is tragic unavoidable and leaves a hole that cannot be filled, as I heard about the demise of Benson Wanjau popularly known as Mzee Ojwang’ my heart went to him and his family and as the whole country mourns of his death I can’t help but remember all those other significant people who came onto the limelight but left too soon.
- E-SIR MMARI
Issah Mmari (May 20, 1981 – March 16, 2003) better known by his stage name E-Sir was a Kenyan Hip hop artist signed to the Ogopa Deejays label. He was famous for his deft lyrical ability and command of the Swahili language. The phenomenal popularity of his music disproved the myth that Kenyan music could never compete with imported pop. Even long after his death, he is still widely regarded as one of the best rappers to emerge on the Kenyan hip hop scene. And the local airwaves still keep his memory alive by playing his songs ‘Boomba train’, ‘Jo’ and ‘Mos Mos’.
E-sir-Sir died in a road accident on March 16, 2003, while in the company of fellow label mate Nameless (real name David Mathenge). He was on his way back from a concert in Nakuru town to help promote his album. His death created shock and grief particularly as it came when his career was taking off. His collaboration with Nameless titled “Maisha” was released after his death and was also a hit.