Ayub Ogada 1956-2019

Photo credit: Stephen Lovell-Davis

I was very upset to learn of Ayub Ogada’s death tonight.

His was a prodigious talent and when he was on, he could mesmerise anyone and everyone within his range with his sensitive and melodic Nyatiti playing, accompanying that legendary gentle and hypnotic voice.

In the early days of WOMAD and Real World Records many people weren’t interested to listen to music from other cultures and whenever I was trying to convince them I would play Ayub singing ‘Kothbiro’ and invariably win them round.

It was always a pleasure making music with him and getting to feel that warm sensitive and musical intelligence at work.

We will all miss him greatly.

– Peter Gabriel.

Read more about Ayub Ogada on the Real World Records website here.

Ayub in The Work Room with Peter Gabriel, Rossy and Arona N’Diaye Rose during Real World Recording Week 1991.