Kikuyu musician David Maina alias De’Mathew Junior, who is younger brother of late benga musician John De’Mathew has opened up about his family.
Junior, 47-years-old says he is a proud Kikuyu father of nine children (seven boys and two girls) who have since made him a grandfather of two.
“I am a strong family man. Besides music I am very responsible on family matters. I am already a guka to two kids” Junior says.
He is the sixth born in a family of nine. Though he came to music limelight in October after his brother’s death in August, Junior has been in the industry since 1990s.
“My first album was in 2000. I have done about 45 songs but I struggled to make a name unsuccessfully. I even abandon singing from 2010 to last year” he says.
He says it is by God’s favour he is back and is getting shows every weekend. In November he will have big shows in Bungoma and Molo Town.
He founded Gathiru-ini Les Les band while John had Mbogo-ini Stars Band that he left in hands of their younger brother Evans Mburu.
His popular songs include; “Wendo wa Ma” (True love), “Coka Lydia” (Return Lydia) and “Ingiekire Atia?” (What should I have done?”.
His only dear wife is called Mary Wanjiku, who he says has stood with him all along. His children have shown interest in music.
De’Mathew Junior was born and bred in Gatanga, Murang’a county but later he relocated to Murichu village in Ndaragwa, Nyandarua County.