Today marks the 12 anniversary since the passing of pioneering young musician E-Sir. He lost his life in a tragic road accident along the Nakuru-Nairobi Highway. After the news broke out that he was no more, the country was plunged into grief and sorrow. No one had expected his life to be cut short that soon in his promising career. On the fateful Sunday that he passed on, he was travelling back from an event which he had participated in at the Dimples Club in Nakuru.
To this date he is still widely credited for revolutionizing the Kenyan music industry and paving way for others to follow. Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about E-Sir.
1. E-sir had a Kenyan mother, Damaris Wangui, and a Tanzanian father, Amin Mmari. He took after his father’s religion.
2. He attended St Anne’s Junior Academy and later Brookehouse Senior School in Nairobi.
3. E-sir died at the height of his music career at only 21. His popularity had grown immensely and everything in his path looked promising.
4. E-sir was among the pioneering young musicians behind the emergence of what we now know as Kenyan hip hop.
5. He closely worked with the likes of the Late K-Rupt, Big Pin and Nameless.
6. He was one of the first successful artist signed up by the Ogopa Deejays.
7. Nameless survived the accident in which E-sir died. He was lucky enough to sustain just a broken collar bone. E-sire died alongside a friend, Kevin Kiiru Karanja.
8. E-sir once dated Yvonne Nkatha who was a Nairobi law student at the time.
9. E-sir was laid to rest at the Kariokor Muslim Cemetery.
10. His album Nimefika, was released two month after his death.