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'My Land is Kenya' singer dies at 87, 10 songs by Roger Whittaker

'My Land is Kenya' was played a lot during national holidays and during the promulgation of the Consitution of Kenya 2010

Roger Whittaker

Roger Whittaker, the renowned British folk singer of Kenyan origin, has passed away at the age of 87.

He gained fame for his chart-topping song 'My Land is Kenya' in 1982, as well as his hits 'The Last Farewell' and 'New World in the Morning' in 1971. His biography boasts an impressive record of selling more than 50 million records worldwide.

Born on March 22, 1936, in Nairobi, Kenya, Roger Whittaker had a unique background. His parents originally hailed from Staffordshire, England.

His father had roots in a family of grocers, while his mother pursued a career in teaching, as detailed in his biography.

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Whittaker, a talented and multilingual artist, took an unconventional path to his musical career.

After completing his national service in Kenya, he pursued a degree in medicine. During his academic journey, he explored his passion for music by performing at local clubs and composing his own songs.

This marked the beginning of his remarkable journey in the world of music.

Here are his 10 popular songs:

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Released in 1982, 'My Land is Kenya' is a musical journey that transports listeners to the enchanting landscapes and vibrant culture of Kenya. Whittaker's mellifluous voice and poetic storytelling prowess shine brightly in this composition.

This ballad, often considered one of Whittaker's signature songs, tells a heartbreaking tale of a sailor bidding farewell to his beloved. Its poignant lyrics and Whittaker's emotive delivery make it a timeless classic.

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A nostalgic ode to a place left behind, 'Durham Town' captures the essence of homesickness and longing. Its simple yet profound storytelling is a hallmark of Whittaker's style.

Whittaker's uplifting anthem celebrates the promise of a new day and a brighter future. Its catchy melody and optimistic lyrics have made it a favourite for generations.

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This song explores the idea of living in the present and not dwelling on the uncertainties of 'ifs.' Whittaker's soothing vocals add depth to the message.

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Whittaker's rendition of this Jim Croce classic beautifully captures the fleeting nature of time and the importance of cherishing every moment.

An instrumental piece that showcases Whittaker's whistling talents, 'Mexican Whistler' is an enchanting and infectious melody that's hard to forget.

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This heartfelt tribute to fathers and father figures resonates with its touching lyrics and Whittaker's heartfelt delivery.

'Why' is a soul-searching song that delves into the complexities of human emotions and relationships, with Whittaker's voice lending it a genuine depth.

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'Albany' is a nostalgic journey through memories and lost love. Whittaker's storytelling prowess shines through as he paints a vivid picture of emotions and moments in time.

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