Muziki wa Kenya: Ayub Ogada
Ayub Ogada, a world music legend, has been performing since the late 1970s, and is arguably the best known Kenyan musician internationally. Born in Mombasa to Luo parents, he was educated in the US and in Kenya. He spent his career as a musician in Kenya, then 20 years in London, before coming back to Kenya in 2008.
As a master of the 8-stringed lyre Nyatiti, complemented by his unique voice, Ayub Ogada caused a sensation in world music. He released several albums, the most famous being En Mana Kuoyo which was recorded by Peter Gabriel’s Record Label Real World. Ogada has had his songs featured in a number of prominent feature films such as Buffalo Soldiers, I Dreamed of Africa, and The Constant Gardener. After his return from the UK, Ayub Ogada has concentrated mainly on developing talents in Kenya.
On this evening, Ogada gives a rare solo concert – which is only the 2nd live concert after his return to Kenya – performing his own music: It will simply be his voice, percussions and the trancelike Nyatiti.
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