LYRICS and EXPLANATION ~ courtesy of +John Lawrence
Lai lala lai lai Mamaa weueeeee lololololoooo loloeee Lai lala lai lai Mamaa weueeeee lololololoooo loloeee
Obiero wa yuagoi e dala baba Obiero wanto wan wayuogoi e dala e babaee Nyithindo onego ni gwen yaye rembgi to chwer Nyithindo onego ni gwen baba ero rembgi to chwer
Obila to luwi ga gi bunde to ok-idew Obila luwi ga gi bunde to ok-idew baba
Ondiegi aboro ero oluwo ni ndara nene rabet baba Ondiege aboro ero oluwo ni ndara nene rabet mama ooyee baba hoyeee ahuoyeee baba hoyeee
We here at home mourn you Obiero The Children have slaughtered chicken in your respect
The Armed Police Officers came after you but you did not care A total of eight hyenas came on the same route as you the brave one
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When I interviewed Ayub last year he told me that he composed Obiero in respect to his brother who was murdered by cops in South B estate, Nairobi during their childhood. Obiero, his brother, was a heavily built brave young man (rabet) who had no fear for anyone or anything. Many a time heavily armed cops hunted him down after he refused to bribe them.
Ayub narrated that his brother used to run a Matatu (PSV) business in Nairobi but he was murdered in cold blood by cowards who were simply after the departed's wealth.
Ayub Ogada is a musician, and one of the Luo people of Western Kenya. He was born in Mombasa. He performs on the traditional east African stringed lyre, the nyatiti, and is a highly accomplished djembe player.
Ogada was approached and asked to play at Peter Gabriel's WOMAD festival. In 1993, he was invited to Gabriel's Real World Studios, where he recorded his first album, En Mane Kuoyo (Just Sand). He continues to tour extensively with WOMAD.
Ogada co-founded the African Heritage Band in 1979 and played kit drums, bass and percussion for many years before departing for London, England, where he initially occasionally busked London streets, singing accompanied by nyatiti and leg rattle or ankle bells.