The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library


A hauntingly beautiful, sparse world music piece adapted for chorus with classical guitar.

Composer & Copyright

Original song by Ayub Ogada. Choral arrangement by Lisa Goettel.


Inspiration Track – Ayub Ogada:


Koth biro (Rain is Coming)
by Ayub Ogada

Aaaah haye haye
Haye haye
Haye haye

Oooh mam’ uwinja
Koth biro
Keluru dhok e dala (x2)

Yaye nyithindogi
un koro un utimoru nade?
Koth biro
Keluru dhok e dala

Translation from Dholuo:

Kothbiro (rain is coming)
Auma do you hear what I say
The rain is on it’s way
Return our cattle home

Yaye the children
What is it that you think you do?
The rain is on it’s way
Return our cattle home.

  • Maja Ullrich
    Posted at 21:02h, 14 March Reply

    i’m Maja from germany. I sing in an international choir called songlines cologne in Cologne (http://www.songlines-cologne.de/).
    I search since a long time chords for our choir for this song:

    Kothbiro (The rain is coming) – Ayub Ogada

    Where did you get the chord for this song?
    Could you send it to me for our choir? How much does ist cost?
    Best wishes and thank you,
    Sorry for my English..

    Dipl.-Log. Maja Ullrich

    Leostraße 18
    D-50823 Köln

  • Gregg McKenzie
    Posted at 06:43h, 01 March Reply

    RIP Ayub Ogada!

  • Rev. Mitchell Hay
    Posted at 18:31h, 06 April Reply

    For many years I have used this haunting song as a prelude to our Good Friday Tenebrae (Shadows) Service. Both the music and the refrain (the rain is coming) prepares folk’s hearts for the darkness of the evening’s telling. Listening to your choir’s version brought tears to eyes.

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