Ayke Ezeani
by on December 17, 2018


“Our lead singer Jackie Simela passed away yesterday from a car accident which happened in Morogoro region where he went to attend a funeral of his aunt. We have lost the best singer we have ever had. Stay in Power king,” the group wrote.

It is with deep sorrows that Jagwa Music had to announce that their lead singer, Jackson Aluta Kazimoto, popularly known as Dogo Jackie has died after he was involved in a road accident in Morogoro. He was 33 years old. Kazimoto’s death was confirmed on Jagwa Music’s official social media page.

Jagwa Music hails from the capital Dar es Salaam and became part of Tanzania’s music scene in 1992. The group popularized the mchiriku musical genre, a fusion of traditional drums, makeshift percussion and adage Casio keyboards wired through megaphones and powered by batteries. 

Fans and fellow musicians will remember Kazimoto for his wry sense of humour on stage and his musical playfulness. Many have paid tribute to the singer.  “a couple of days ago we learnt of the death of singer Jackie Simela who passed away in a car accident in Morogoro where he was attending his aunt’s funeral,” Nafasi Art Space director Rebecca Corey wrote on social media.  “It is so hard to believe he is gone. My heart goes out to his family, friends and bandmates, and everyone who loved his music. We have truly lost one of the greatest.”


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Ayke Ezeani
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