Lawrence Njuguna, popularly known by his stage name DJ Fatxo, has won the Mugithi Artist of the Year award by e360 Awards.
Fatxo was nominated for the award in February and made a post asking his fans to vote for him.
According to E360 Entertainment, the sponsors of E360 Awards, the awards are meant to recognise Kenyan artists from all walks of life and promote Kenyan content.
"There are many Entertaining platforms in Kenya Today that seek to award artists from all walks of life. The recent debate on social media has been widely focused of promoting Kenyan content which largely targets on Kenyan Music Industry. Many artistes have complained of not getting a platform to showcase their talent. This has prompted E360 EntertainmentT to come up with E360 Awards to acknowledge, promote, establish, discover and award artistes from all spheres," E360 says on their website.
"E360 gives artists from all over the country to get nominated and voted for, by their fans. It’s an open process where individuals get a chance to both online and offline and have their efforts recognized and awarded. The process is open, free and fair for everybody. Both established and upcoming."
Other winners include Meshack Mwengei who was the most voted male artist, Phelix Owiny (Male Model of the Year), Joseph Sonko Jnr (Differently Abled of the Year), Fred Muyanga (Gospel Artist of the Year) and Sarafina Salim (Female Mugithi Artist of the Year).
DJ Fatxo in controversy
The DJ is currently embroiled in a controversy involving the death of interior designer Jeff Mwathi, who allegedly died after falling from Fatxo's 10th-floor apartment in Kasarani.
On the night he died, Mwathi had visited DJ Fatxo's house to deliver some interior decor materials for his home and office.
A police statement recorded by the DJ revealed that the two had been together in four different clubs before returning to the singer's apartment at around 3:00 am on February 22.
In a police statement, DJ Fatxo and two other witnesses claimed that Mwathi jumped from the 10th floor to the hard concrete ground.
The mysterious death of Mwathi drew public interest with members of parliament recently calling for the exhumation of the body for DNA tests to be conducted to aid in the identification and arrest of key suspects.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) had on March 17 indicated that the investigations into the death of Mwathi had entered the second phase, where several persons of interest will be interviewed.
The agency, in a statement, said phase one of the probe had been completed.
"The process included interviewing of the first cluster of witnesses in the case, forensic examination of the scene, and retrieval of CCTV footage that captured the deceased's last moments.
"Several other Forensic experts based at the DCI National Forensic Laboratory who are augmenting the Homicide team have equally collected crucial evidence and the same is being analyzed scientifically.
"We are now progressing to the second phase of the investigations where several persons of interest in the case will be interrogated and appropriate recommendations made before being forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions for action," DCI said.
On March 26, 2023, the National Police Service (NPS) confirmed that plans are underway to exhume the body of Jeff Mwathi for further investigations.