A renowned Kikuyu gospel artist, Elijah Murugami (aka Ngatho Ici) passed on this morning at Kenyatta National Hospital following a road accident last week on the Northern bypass, Kiambu County.
A close family friend, Isaac Mihingo Mwangi, confirmed the sad news to The People Daily. Murugami is famous for his songs, among them Ngatho Ici.
With a captivating voice that is rich and soulful, featuring a brilliant, glorious high range and smooth texture, Elijahs spiritual lyrics have dominated FM radio stations for years. He is well known for his interpretation of the Bible with songs.
Last year, local gospel ministers paid homage to gospel great Elijah during the launch of his new VCD, in Nairobi. hosting fellow artists, at St Andrews Church. The celebrations had attracted gospel music’s premier songwriters, recording artists, music industry executives and legends.
Elated guests enjoyed an unparalleled afternoon of fellowship and praise as scorching live musical performances paid homage to the honorees. Bishop Samuel Wachira also presented certificates to Elijah Murugami for penning gospel’s most-performed song of the decade , popularly known as Ngatho Ici.
The song was the first single from him. Pastor Edward Mwai of Jesus is the Winner Ministry praised the humbling dedication of the guests and honorees, saying:” We the Ministers of the Gospel are extremely proud of you and all that you do to advance the Kingdom of God through gospel music.
We come together to salute this trailblazers — pioneers who continue to bring us the truth of gospel music.