Kisumu artist featured on Kanye West’s new album wasn’t even aware of it

Kenyans were recently buzzing with excitement after Ayub Ogada and his one-time bandmate James Mbarack Ochieng were featured in Kanye West’s eighth album titled Ye. 

Ayub Ogada and Mbarack Ochieng have been credited in the song Yikes in which West opens up on being bipolar.  West also opens up about being bipolar through his album’s cover art, which features a mountain range with a highlighter green caption, reading: “I hate being bi-polar. It’s awesome.”

Lost in his work

What has left many surprised is that Ayub, in an interview with Daily Nation, shared that he was not even aware that he had been featured in the album.

“I’ve done so many projects. I cannot remember everything,” Ayub said on phone from his home in Nyahera, Kisumu County. “I cannot remember at what moment in time I did that job.People use my music to do their own projects.”

He went on to add that he just receives calls from people who want to work with him or wants a composition for their beats.

“They always call me. I never call them. They call me, and then I do the necessary job,” he said.

Ayub Ogada, 62, collaborated with King Kaka for “Koth Biro” early last year in a song which targeted corrupt leaders.

Here’s the song


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