Top 5 songs that praise and pay tribute to Kenyan athletes

Kenyan artists who've done songs praising to Kenyan athletes

Piece by: Brian Ndung'u

 • Kenyan artists have slowly but surely managed to capitalise on the athletes' hype.

 • Khaligraph, Nyashinski and B Classic have done songs paying tribute to Kenyan athletes.

pays tribute to the African king of Javelin throw
Khaligraph Jones' 'Julius Yego's song pays tribute to the African king of Javelin throw

Every single day Kenya produces a new sports hero who goes on to bring us much joy, unite the entire nation and also put the county on the internal sports map.

But are they really properly celebrated? Or what we do is praise them when they are breaking records and forget about them when they hit their lowest moments?

Kenyan artists have slowly but surely managed to capitalise on the athletes' hype and have been producing songs paying homage to our heroes, some of who end up being unsung.

We take a look at some of the songs done by our Kenyan artists which pay tribute to our athletes from Julius Yego to Ferdinand Omanyala.

1. Julius Yego by Khaligraph Jones

The jam celebrates Yego who is a Javelin thrower. Nicknamed "Mr. YouTube" for learning how to throw by watching YouTube videos of javelin athletes, Yego is the African record and Commonwealth record holder for the event with a personal best of 92.72 m.

2. Olunga - Hitman Kaht ft 34 Gvng

This hit song pays tribute to high flying Kenyan footballer, Michael Olunga who became the first Kenyan to score a hat trick in La Liga.

Olunga who now plays for Qatari club Al-Duhail is no stranger to winning the top scorer gong everywhere he goes.

3. Nyashinski - Marathon runner

The song's popular lyrics are, "Kipchoge keep jogging, Kipchoge keep jogging..." and serve as the perfect tribute to the world's fastest marathoner and multi Olympic gold winner. 

4. Ferdinand Omanyala - B classic 006

Kenyan singer B Classic 006 recently dropped a new jam dubbed 'Omanyala' as a tribute to Kenya's hero and Africa's fastest runner, Ferdinand Omanyala.

Omanyala has become a household name ever since he set a new African record and the world's second-fastest time this year over 100m when he clocked 9.77 secs at the Kip Keino Classic in September 2021.

The new song by B Classic is a fitting one which showcases the superstar's record-breaking races on the track over the last few months.

5. Rudisha - Brookhouse

The Rudisha song was written just months before the London 2012 Olympics by Brookhouse School Students, Steven Njoroge and Patrick Njuguna. The musical item is a tribute to the 800M world record holder David Lekuta Rudisha.

It is a befitting tribute to this Kenyan middle-distance legend who broke his own record at the 2012 London Olympics.

The late Samwel Wanjiru an Olympic Gold medalist also had a song done by the legendary Kamande wa Kioi paying tribute to a fallen hero. 

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