“ Genre: World Music / Artist: Ayub Ogada / Audio CD released: 1993 „
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If you like world/african music then this album is for you! There is not one track on the album that you will dislike, its just so easy listening and completely relax's you after a hard days work.
We bought it after hearing one of the tracks ('Kothbiro') on the Ewan McGregors The Long Way Round program. We also bought the sound track from the program but didn't like it all and actually sold it on ebay! This album, though, is just very very very entrancing.
I think it is the only album he made (16 years ago!). I have looked everywhere for another album but cannot find one which is a shame as I would buy ALL his albums.
The music is very traditional Kenyan music and using the traditional instruments and it can feel like you've been transported into the heart of a Kenyan village if you shut your eyes and let you imagination loose.
TOP TIP for mothers/expectant mothers - we played this album a lot while my wife was expecting and now when our baby daughter has a difficult night, we simply put this album on very quietly in her room and it works EVERY time without fail. In the early days of her being born, I spent many hours just walking around our living room with the album playing and geting her back to sleep after one of her many feeds! Music is a big thing for babys and they can definately hear it while still in the womb and once they here it again on the outside, they recognise it and they feel comforted by it.
If you are planning to have a baby at ANY time, then BUY this album (but only if you like this type of music yourself!)
Prior to a lot of travel and his eventual settling in England, Ayub Ogada was a member of the Luo tribe from a wedge of northern Kenya pinched between Uganda and Tanzania. Ogada's music is based on repetitious patterns plucked on the nyatiti, a stringed instrument reminiscent of the lyre. On En Mana Kuoyo (meaning "just sand"), he sings mellifluous, almost hypnotic, and yet ultimately lackadaisical melodies concerning home, his instrument, the weather, and injustice. By way of attempting a subtle fusion of African and European (not to mention urban and rural) styles, Ogada is accompanied by a small ensemble that adds surprisingly little to almost too-pretty songs more alike than not. --Richard Gehr