Song of the Day: Kothbiro (The rain is coming) by Ayub Ogada

kothbiro

Kothbiro is a song by Kenya-born singer Job Seda, better known as Ayub Ogada, from the album “En Mana Kuoyo”.

I found two different lyrics of this song.
Since the only differences are in the first lines of each refrain, I’ve wrote the second option in brackets next to the first one.:

Hah
Hahye hahye hahye hahye hahye hahye

O mama na ka uwinja (Auma be uwinja)
Kothbiro
Ke luru dhok e dala
O mama na ka uwinja (Auma be uwinja)
Kothbiro
Ke luru dhok e dala

Hah
Hahye hahye hahye hahye hahye hahye (x2)

O mama na ka uwinja (Auma be uwinja)
Kothbiro
Ke luru dhok e dala
O mama na ka uwinja (Auma be uwinja)
Kothbiro
Ke luru dhok e dala

Hah
Hahye hahye hahye hahye hahye hahye (x2)

Hah
Hahye hahye hahye hahye hahye hahye (x2)

Yaye nyithindo gi
Un koro utimuru nade
Kothbiro
Ke luru dhok e dala
To Yaye nyathindo gi
Un koro utimuru nade
Kothbiro
Ke luru dhok e dala

Hah
Hahye hahye hahye hahye hahye hahye (x2)

O mama na ka uwinja (Auma be uwinja)
Kothbiro
Ke luru dhok e dala
O mama na ka uwinja
Kothbiro
Ke luru dhok e dala

Hah
Hahye hahye hahye hahye hahye hahye (x2)

Translation by ziki the african music project:

Hah
Hahye hahye hahye hahye hahye hahye

Oh mother (Auma do you hear what I say)
If you can hear me
The rain is coming
Bring the cattle home
Oh mother
If you can hear me
The rain is coming
Bring the cattle home

Hah
Hahye hahye hahye hahye hahye hahye

Oh mother (Auma do you hear what I say)
If you can hear me
The rain is coming
Bring the cattle home
Oh mother
If you can hear me
The rain is coming
Bring the cattle home

Hah
Hahye hahye hahye hahye hahye hahye

Oh these children
What are you doing?
The rain is coming
Bring the cattle home
Oh these children
What are you doing?
The rain is coming
Bring the cattle home

Hah
Hahye hahye hahye hahye hahye hahye

Oh mother (Auma do you hear what I say)
If you can hear me
The rain is coming
Bring the cattle home
Oh mother
If you can hear me
The rain is coming
Bring the cattle home

Hah
Hahye hahye hahye hahye hahye hahye

……

Ayub Ogada was born in 1956 in Mombasa, Kenya. He is a descendant of the Luo people of western Kenya and was influenced by their musical heritage by his parents who were musicians. They performed Luo music to Kenyan and US audiences. Ayub’s experience of travelling with his parents to the US and his exposure to both western and African cultures had a profound effect on his music and outlook.

Ayub’s music is on the soundtracks of films such as ‘I Dreamed of Africa’ (2000), ‘The Constant Gardener’ (2005) and ‘Samsara’ (2011). His music was also used in the soundtrack for Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman’s BBC series Long Way Round and Long Way Down.

Ayub has also acted under his birth name, Job Seda. He played Robert Redford’s Masaii warrior sidekick in Out of Africa (1985) and also starred in The Kitchen Toto (1987).

Ayub Ogada

Ayub Ogada.JPG

Birth name Job Seda
Born 1956
Origin Mombasa, Kenya
Genres
  • World Music
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician, actor
Years active 1979–present
Labels Real World Records
Long Tale Recordings
Website ayubogada.com

image “KOTHBIRO”© Michal Karcz

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