En Mana Kuoyo
Released 28 July 2017
Exploring the voice has always been an exciting part of the Real World Records catalogue and some outstanding vocal performances come courtesy of musicians from Africa who have recorded for the label.
Ayub Ogada’s En Mana Kuoyo features as part of our Voices of Africa campaign where a selection of albums by our African artists can be purchased on CD or LP with a 25% discount by using the code >> realworld25 << at checkout.
Albums included are:
Les Amazones d’Afrique Republique Amazone CD / LP
Ayub Ogada En Mana Kuoyo CD / LP
Papa Wemba Emotion CD / LP
Geoffrey Oryema Exile CD /LP
Maryam Mursal The Journey CD
Thomas Mapfumo Rise Up CD
The Drummers of Burundi Live at Real World CD
Kenyan singer-songwriter Ayub Ogada was a busker on the Northern Line when he came to Real World’s attention in the late 80s. And this 1993 set – his only record for the label – proved that it was a meeting of minds, with his disarmingly simple arrangements, allowed to hang there unadorned, making a lasting impression. Simply backing himself (albeit with virtuosic ease) on an East African lyre called a nyatiti, this record introduced Ayub as a performer of great charm, his warm vocals never leaving centre stage.
Available on vinyl for the first time, comes with a 16bit CD quality digital download code.
Also available as part of the Real World LP Bundle with six other classic albums for one great price, here.
One of the finest albums in the entire Real World label’s back catalogue…
Ayub Ogada’s “En Mana Kuoyo” is a deceptively simple set of tracks that somehow linger in the memory long after the last note has faded. He’s got a fine voice and the sparse instrumentation provides a perfect backdrop allowing the melodies and invention to shine through. Highly recommended.
Piccadilly Records (UK)
…the finest songs are slow melodic ballads…
..the finest songs are slow melodic ballads…or relaxed lilting pieces…that show off both the instruments delicacy and Ogadas thoughtful, intimate and soulful vocals.
The Guardian (1993) (UK)
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