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En Mana Kuoyo

Ayub Ogada

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Album Review

When listening to this album, one is struck immediately by the unique sound. The powerful, resonating nyatiti (a stringed instrument similar to the lyre) and Ogada's reflective, subdued vocals are unlike anything you've ever heard. They're also almost the only things you will hear on this disc, the only embellishment being the occasional light percussion or wind instrument. Ogada sings in his native Kenyan tongue, of the beliefs and traditions of his people. "Go far, see the world, but don't forget where you come from," he intones in the song "Chiro," a sentiment he has obviously taken to heart. There are no pounding rhythms on this record, nothing you can dance to, but it is memorable nonetheless, and makes a strong case for the beauty of restraint.

Customer Reviews

A beautiful album

I can't believe this is the first review! This is such a beautiful album. Every song is strong and the album is consistent (no fillers); the sounds are uplifting and relaxing, the singing and harmony is sublime. It is an immensely human and life affirming album. The songs have been used in various films.

This album is sublime

This album is truly unique. One of the most sublime and mesmerising albums of African music ever.
It's very sparse and that is it's beauty. Ayub Ogada has such a beautiful voice. The simplicity of his string instrument the nyatiti is just perfect.
Production and some backing vocals by Peter Gabriel.
If you listen to Kothbiro you'll want to get the whole album. Every song is exquisite.


Born: Nyahere, Kenya

Genre: World

Years Active: '90s

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,...
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En Mana Kuoyo, Ayub Ogada
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: World, Music, Africa
  • Released: 17 May 1993

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