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Kenyan Athlete Eliud Kipchoge Nominated for Sportsman of the Year Award

The record-breaking marathon runner has been nominated for the top prize in the 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards alongside Lionel Messi, Tiger Woods, Lewis Hamilton and Rafael Nadal.

Sport24 reports that Kenyan athlete and marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge has been nominated for Sportsman of the Year in the 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards.

He's made the prestigious nominations list alongside Lionel Messi, Tiger Woods, Lewis Hamilton and Rafael Nadal.


Kipchoge's nomination comes barely a month after he won the World Athletics Athlete of 2019 award. With the athlete's consistently impressive performance last year, and having won 11 of the 12 marathons he's ever entered, these accolades come as no surprise.

After winning the London Marathon in April of last year, the 35-year-old Olympic champion became the first athlete ever to finish a marathon in under two hours with a time of 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds.

According to the website of the Laureus World Sports Awards, the event is described as an "annual event [that] honours the greatest and most inspirational sporting triumphs of the year and showcases the work of Laureus Sport for Good."

South Africa's national rugby team, the Springboks, has also been nominated an award in the category of Team of the Year. This comes after the team thrashed England 32-12 in last year's Rugby World Cup and brought home the win—the third victory in their history at the tournament. They will be competing with Liverpool FC, the Toronto Raptors, the USA Women's World Cup team, Spain's men's basketball team and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team.

The Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony will be held in Berlin, Germany in February 17.

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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