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Biography

  • Born

    1952

  • Died

    1 February 2019 (aged 67)

Ayub Ogada (Job Seda, Mombasa, Kenya, 1956 - 1 February 2019) was a Kenyan singer and player. The nyatiti is a five to eight-stringed plucked lyre played by the Luo people of Western Kenya.

Ayub Ogada was also an actor landing major roles in films including the Academy Award Winning Out of Africa (1985) and Kitchen Toto (1987).

Ogada arrived in the United Kingdom in 1986, and in 1993 recorded the album En Mana Kuoyo on Peter Gabriel's Real World label. His music has also been heard on the soundtrack of the 2005 film The Constant Gardener and collaborates with Susheela Raman on several tracks on her "Salt Rain" album, such as "O Rama" . In addition, Ayub Ogada has collaborated with the Afro Celt Sound System on their first and fourth releases.

In 2012 UK guitarist/producer Trevor Warren visited Ayub in Kenya and recorded the album Kodhi:Trevor Warren's Adventures with Ayub Ogada, released on Long Tale Recordings 2015.

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