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Kenya’s David Rudisha Snags Gold in History-Making 800 Meter Double

The world champion is the first male athlete to secure consecutive gold medals at the event since 1964.

World record holder David Rudisha has battled back from an injury and surgery to snag gold for Kenya in the 800 meter dash at Rio.


It’s a historic win for Rudisha—he’s the first male athlete to do it since New Zealands’ Peter Snell in 1964 in back-to-back appearances at the Olympics.

“The feeling in my body was good,” a smiling Rudisha says. “It is great to win my second gold. It’s so great. I am so excited. It is the greatest moment of my career.”

The Kenyan middle distance runner dedicated the medal to his fans and compatriots for their enduring support.

"I dedicate this win to all my fans all over the world and above all to my country; Kenya. To all those who woke up at 4am (sic) to watch the race and for all your steadfast support throughout the years," Rudisha posts on his official Facebook page after emerging victorious.

Fans like the President of Kenya and Sauti Sol congratulated Rudisha on social media for retaining his gold crown.

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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