Kothbiro

The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library

Kothbiro

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.

Recording

Inspiration Track – Ayub Ogada:

Lyrics

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.

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