President Uhuru’s Cousin: We already have the coolest first family with a pretty and smart first daughter, hot designer first son, eloquent and beautiful first lady and an involved biker President and as if that is not enough, his relatives seem to have the swag factor too. Meet President Uhuru’s distant cousin Tom Morello-a rock musician with an US band who has been featured prominently in Bruce Springsteen’s latest album ‘High Hopes’.
Morello features on eight tracks including the title track of the 12 track album which is set to be released on January 14.The title track of the album was recently played at the end of an episode of a popular legal Drama series dubbed “The Good Wife,”.Snippets from 3 other tracks off the “High Hopes” album will also be worked into the next episode of “The Good Wife,” which will air on January 12
According to sources, Morello is related to the President through his paternal father, Ngethe Njoroge who was a Mau Mau fighter and also related to the Kenya’s first President, Jomo Kenyatta.
Tom Morello was born on May 30, 1964, in Harlem, New York, to Ngethe Njoroge and Mary Morello. Morello is of Irish and Sicilian descent on his maternal side, and Kikuyu Kenyan descent on his paternal side. His mother was a schoolteacher from Marseilles, Illinois, who earned a Master of Artsat Loyola University, Chicago and travelled to Germany, Spain, Japan, and Kenya as an English language teacher between 1977 to 1983. His father was a Kenyan participant in the Mau Mau Uprising, and served as Kenya’s first ambassador to the United Nations. Morello’s paternal great-uncle,Jomo Kenyatta, was the first elected president in Kenyan history. His parents met in August 1963 while attending a pro-democracy protest in Nairobi, Kenya.After discovering her pregnancy, Mary returned to the United States with Njoroge in November, and married in New York City.
When Morello was 16 months old, Njoroge returned to his native Kenya, and denied his paternity of his son. Morello was raised solely by his mother in Libertyville, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. There he attended Libertyville High School, where his mother was a U.S. history teacher. She was the homeroom teacher for Tom’s classmate and fellow guitarist Adam Jones, of the band Tool, while teaching at Libertyville. Morello sang in the school choir and was active in speech and drama club; a prominent role was Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Tom Morello and Bruce Springsteen
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