Top 10 Kenyan Patriotic Songs

Article by Wangechi Maina
Posted: January 28, 2015  


10| Wakenya Pamoja for Peace – Various Artists

Music producer R.Kay brought together Kenyan artistes from various sides of the musical divide for this song that promotes togetherness in the country.

9| Harambee Harambee – Daudi Kabaka

A Kenyan classic by a Kenyan legend.

8| Najivunia Kuwa Mkenya – Trapee and Avril

Who can ever forget the Najivunia Kuwa Mkenya campaign by then government spokesman Alfred Mutua? Did you know that Trapee and Avril released an Ogopa DJs produced song by the same title?

7| Tushangilie Kenya – Mwalimu Thomas Wasonga Ogola

This is a song by Wasonga, a music veteran who in 2013 was awarded a Brand Kenya Ambassador award for upholding national values althougth he has come under fire in various quarters for his songs in praise of former President Moi.

6| Coming Home – Nameless

The lyrics, the video, the voice, the video, the lyrics, the video…okay the rugby players! This is in my view Nameless’ best work yet.

There’s nothing sweeter or more superior
Than to know where you are from
And represent your home

5| Kenya Nchi Yangu – Kakai Kilonzo

Everyone knows this song, it has such a catchy and memorable tune and every Independence Day morning, this, among others, is what all the local television stations play before the live coverage of the national celebrations. Kakai Kilonzo takes us back down memory lane with a video of the milestones of our country; from political to sports and infrastructure.

4| My Land Is Kenya – Roger Whittaker

Kenyan/British singer, songwriter and musician Roger Whittaker sang My Land Is Kenya on his 1984 album A Musical Safari. He exhibits his famous baritone and whistling- which in another countdown take him straight to number one- in this song.

You only got one mama
You only got one pa
You only got one life to live
No matter who you are
You can go the whole world over
Every city has its dawn
But everybody liveth has one place where he was born

And mine is Kenya, so warm and wild and free
You’ll always stay with me here in my heart
My land is Kenya, right from your highlands to the sea
You’ll always stay with me here in my heart, here in my heart.

3| Kenya Only – Eric Wainaina

In 1996 the United Nations Drug Control Programme commissioned Get in the Driver’s Seat, a song Wainaina performed in, for an anti-drug campaign. This got him in the activism and social concern that has become characteristic of his music. Wainaina’s song Kenya Only, also released in Swahili as Mkenya Daima, catapulted him into national fame and was adopted as the unofficial mourning song after the August 1998 terrorist bombing in Nairobi.

2| Mungu Baba – Rufftone and The GSU

After the 2007/2008 post-election violence, gospel artist Rufftone, real name Roy Smith Mwatia, was inspired to write a song preaching peace, love and unity ahead of the March 2012 elections. He did the video with the GSU choir and National Youth Orchestra of Kenya.

1| The National Anthem

O God of All Creation is notably one of the first national anthems to be specifically commissioned. It was originally composed in Swahili- Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu- by locals who based it on a Pokomo lullaby. Its lyrics express our deepest convictions and aspirations as a people.

O God of all creation
Bless this our land and nation
Justice be our shield and defender
May we dwell in unity
Peace and liberty
Plenty be found within our borders


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