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Legendary musician Ayub Ogada dies at 63

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Legendary musician Ayub Ogada, real name Job Seda, died on Friday night at the age of 63.

His wife Yvonne Seda confirmed that he had been unwell.

Ogada favoured the Nyatiti, a Luo string instrument, in most of his songs.

Kisumu musician Suzanna Owiyo eulogised Ogada on her Twitter account saying: “Ayub Ogada, respect wuod luo. You are the reason I picked Nyatiti. Thank you for sharing this fantastic 8 strings instrument with the world. I celebrate you! Rest in Power.”

The album cover for

The album cover for “Kodhi” by Ayub Ogada. PHOTO | COURTESY

Ayub Ogada was born in 1956 in Mombasa to musician parents. Travelling with his parents exposed him to both Western and African cultures, which have influenced his music.

Ayub is known for his song “Kothbiro” and others such as “Dicholo”, “Obiero” and “Ondiek”. He incorporated nature sounds, the Nyatiti and his mellow voice in his music.

Ayub’s music is on the soundtracks of some films and television series, and in the 1980s he also acted in a few films.

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