Koobi Fora land.

This is the Koobi Fora landscape. Image by Kathy Schick, courtesy of THE STONE AGE INSTITUTEĀ®. All rights reserved.

 

Koobi Fora
(unplugged version)

This song was written during our first field season at Koobi Fora, East Turkana, Kenya at the start of Nick Toth and Kathy Schick's dissertation research. It was a favorite of Kamoya Kameu, leader of the hominid-hunting team, who always requested it at our end-of- season ngoma (dance party). Koobi Fora has been one of the most productive paleoanthropological localities in the world, with abundant fossil hominins, mammalian fauna, and Palaeolithic sites.

1.
Sunlight on the far horizon
Shades of gold and gray
Songs of birds, a shrill “Awaken
Young giraffes at play

Eagle at Koobi Fora


2.
spaceLion standing on the headland
Oryx far below
Lake shimmering in the sunrise
Mountains all aglow

Topi at Koobi Fora


3.
Sandy streambeds dry and dusty
Waiting for the rains
Green acacias spread their branches
Form a winding lane

Surveying Koobi Fora


4.
Twilight on this barren landscape
Shadows through the years
Winds rustling through the outcrops
Whisper in my ears

Stone tool found at Koobi Fora


5.
Endless fields of ripened starlight
Shining cold and bright
Crescent moon, a silver sickle
Sweeps across the night

 

Skulls on a table at Koobi Fora
"Koobi Fora"

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"Koobi Fora"
Music and Lyrics by Nicholas Toth Ā© 2008. All rights reserved.

 

Vocals, guitar:
Nicholas Toth


"Koobi Fora"
Recorded at
Airtime Recording Studio, 2008.
David Weber, Engineer.

 

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