Queen Jane anniversary, first one since 2010 planned for June

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Late Queen Jane. [Photo: Courtesy]

Since Kikuyu benga songstress Queen Jane died in 2010 her name and charming songs went silent but for the first time in nine years she will be commemorated heroically.

Her sister musician Lady Wanja has confirmed that Queen Jane anniversary will be held in June. A big event to be attended by who-is-who in entertainment, media and government.

“We have not commemorated Queen Jane in the last nine years. But this year we will. We are finalising the programme and soon we’ll announce the day and venue. It will be a big event” Lady Wanja revealed.

The award-winning singer died of meningitis in June 29, 2010 aged 45 but her burial was delayed for three months because of a dispute between her family and her husband James Kariuki on where she would be buried.

Queen Jane burial in September 2010.

Her family wanted to bury her at Mugoiri, Murang’a but Kariuki opted for his Makwa Village in Gatundu. Court ruled in favour of Jane’s family. She was laid to rest in Mugoiri in late September 2010.

The niece of late Cabinet Minister John Michuki started her music journey in 1984 by being a back-up vocalist for Mbiri Young Stars. Her two siblings; Ejidiah Wanja aka Lady Wanja and Agnes Wangui alias Princess Aggie are also in music career.

Queen Jane was an award-winning singer. [Photo: Courtesy]
Her hit songs included Mwendwa KK, Ndutige Kwiyaba, Nduraga Ngwetereire, Arume ni Nyamu, Mwendwa Nyumburira, Guka Nindarega, Ndimunogu and Mukuigua Uguo among others.

 

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