Why Mike Rua stole guitar from a Catholic Church

0
602
Mike Rua with a guitar performing.

Since his childhood, the King of Mugithi Mike Rua knew he wanted to be a musician and to embark on that journey early he needed a guitar.

While he was still in Secondary School he pulled unexpected stunt. He stole a guitar from Igegania Catholic Church which is in his village in Mang’u, Kiambu County.

It is this guitar that honed his talent and made him a star. He is yet to officially return it.

The Church neighbours his parents’ home. In 1990s Rua watched as choir members of the Church played it and wanted to learn how to do it.

Rua greeting DO Ruto.

The Church’s guitar and keys were stored at Rua parents’ home because the building was incomplete. He got the opportunity to practice with the guitar.

When he joined Gikindu Secondary School while in Form One he used it to perform for several events including then President Daniel arap Moi when he visited Gatundu.

Related: Dad and aunt know my dirty songs, Mike Rua reveals

One day after the Church was completed, his mother ordered the guitar be stored in Church. A sad Rua plotted how to steal it at night.

Recently he confessed how he took the guitar from Church and run away from home.

He revealed that he picked the Church keys from their house where they were kept and at night sneaked into the Church, took the guitar and hiked a ride to Githurai where his relatives lived.

From that point he dropped out of school and at Githurai met late Musician Queen Jane. He joined her band as bass guitarist.

Back home his parents were seething with anger. Queen Jane paid Rua Sh300 per show but today the artist known for his lewd songs earns between Sh80, 000 and over Sh100, 000 per show.

Rua (in yellow uniform) during his school days.

He revealed that he picked the Church keys from their house where they were kept and at night sneaked into the Church, took the guitar and hiked a ride to Githurai where his relatives lived.

He performed alongside Mike Murimi and late Salim Junior but later after he left Quenja Les Les Band and started his own still using the stolen guitar.

His songs with dirty lyrics became popular with revelers and in no time he was performing in notable clubs and getting paid better.

In 2002 he performed at East London and USA and when he came back he was a big name. Today he performs in upmarket clubs like Galileo Lounge in Westlands and Space Lounge & Grill along Lang’ata Road.

Rua bought a new guitar for the Church because a friend broke the original one. He says he is planning to also take the old back and apologise officially.

The artist has recorded a number of songs including “How We Do”, a blend of Mugithi with modern Hiphop he did in collaboration with 125Musiq Crew.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here