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Obiero – Ayub Ogada

Ayub Ogada’s life is a prime demonstration of the wonders of cultural collision; the exposure to both traditional African and modern Western values provided a rich background on which he founded his unique musical talents.


Ayub Ogada – Obiero
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Today Ayub Ogada is regarded as one of the greatest Kenyan artists of all time. He was born in 1956 in Mombassa as Job Seda, a descendant of the proud Luo people of western Kenya. At six, his parents took him to Chicago, where his father studied medicine. Ayub recalls meeting Muhammad Ali (then Cascius Clay), and experiencing the aftermath of American segregation, even as his parents toured college campuses performing Luo music at a time when the term “world music” was unkown in commercial circles. “When I went back to Kenya,” Ayub once recalled, “I had to relearn my language and some of the vernacular. Going to America was a culture shock, but going back to Kenya was another.” While attending Catholic school in Nairobi, he played in a band called Awengele, and began experimenting with indigenous instruments. While in high school and performing in a rock band called Black Savage, he composed “Kothbiro” an adaptation of a traditional song that would eventually wind up on En Mano Kuoyo. Ayub’s evident musical talent led to a position at the French Cultural Centre in Nairobi, where he composed modern and traditional music for theatrical productions.
Mwangi Kirubi | NATION Nyatiti player Ayub Ogada during a recent performance at Goethe Institut auditorium in Nairobi. Ogada is one of the most celebrated musicians in Kenya. He has 70 song titles and has extensively performed in concerts across Europe.
Mwangi Kirubi | NATION Nyatiti player Ayub Ogada during a recent performance at Goethe Institut auditorium in Nairobi. Ogada is one of the most celebrated musicians in Kenya. He has 70 song titles and has extensively performed in concerts across Europe.

Ayub Ogada – Kothbiro

Kothbiro (rain is coming)
Auma do you hear what I say
The rain is on it’s way
Return our cattle home
Yaye the children
What is it that you think you do?
The rain is on it’s way r
Return our cattle home.


Ayub Ogada – Kothbiro
Video is hosted on:Youtube.

Ayub Ogada is a musician from Kenya. Ogada is one of the Luo people of Western Kenya, and he received his first exposure to Western culture early on. Ayub Ogada’s life is a prime demonstration of the wonders of cultural collision; the exposure to both traditional African and modern Western values provided a rich background on which he founded his unique musical talents. Ogada is one of the Luo people of Western Kenya, and he received his first exposure to Western culture early on. When he was six, his parents (also musicians), toured the college circuit in the U.S. Ogada then returned to Kenya with his parents, and was educated in a Catholic school, then an English boarding school. After finishing school, he played for several years in a Kenyan group called African Heritage Band, which fused traditional music with the sounds of rock and soul that Ogada and bandmates heard regularly on the radio. In 1986, he decided to take his talents abroad. Armed with his nyatiti (a lyre-like stringed instrument), he went to the U.K., and played on the streets for money. After the better part of a year, he was approached and asked to play at Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD festival. In 1993, he was invited to Gabriel’s Realworld Studios, where he recorded his first album, En Mane Kuoyo (Just Sand). He continues to tour extensively with WOMAD.


Kothbiro

Hah
Hahye hahye aye hahye
BIS

Om maam na pum imjya
Kothbiro
Ke luru do ketaa-lha
Om maam pum imjya
Kothbiro
Ke luru do ketaa-lha

Hah
Hahye hahye aye hahye
BIS

Om maam pum imjya
Kothbiro
Ke luru do ketaa-lha
Om maam na pum imjya
Kothbiro
Ke luru do ketaa-lha

Hah
Hahye hahye hahye

(INTERLUDE)

Hah
Hahye hahye hahye

Yah yebi tom nuguee
Um kuru tili bare made
Kothbiro
Kem luru do ketaa-lha
BISThanks to danilofajardo……

ayub-ogada

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