Work starts on Kenyan Olympic anthem

Work starts this week on the Coca Cola Kenya Olympic Anthem after two lucky Kenyans won a contest to take part in creating it, alongside musician and producer Madtraxx.


Collins Okoth from Kisumu and Juliet Karanja from Nairobi were selected from among 12 finalists via a public voting process on national television, which was concluded last Friday.


“I think Kenya has made a good choice with Juliet and Collins,” said Madtraxx, who is producing the track.


“I look forward to the magic we will be able to produce in studio in the coming weeks. It’s my hope the fans will continue to give us their input on Facebook and Twitter so that we can collectively make a real Kenyan Olympic anthem,” he added.


Collins, a rap artist, and Juliet, a singer, will shoot the video for the track next week, when the song is expected to be complete.

“I would like to thank Coca-Cola for giving me the opportunity to be involved in the search for new talent. It is not over though, as we are really looking forward to the recording of the song,” added veteran DJ Pinye, who is also involved in the anthem’s production.


The competition, which started with auditions on June 2 came to a close after two weeks, with over 300 people taking part from Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu. 12 finalists were then picked by the judges, and fans countrywide voted for the final two.


“This is a very exciting competition that provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the two talented winners to kick start their music careers by being a part of something truly great,” said Catherine Mudachi, Senior Marketing Manager for Coca-Cola Kenya. “We are confident that the anthem will spread the spirit of Olympics amongst Kenyan youth.”


The Anthem, which will be used to celebrate Kenyan athletic talent at next month’s Olympics in London, is set for release in early July.

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