OSIBISA

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The brainchild of Teddy Osei, a Ghanaian sax player, composer, and drummer who came to London to study music, Osibisa was one of the first African bands to win worldwide popularity. Their mix of African (especially highlife) and Caribbean forms made them a sensation in the mid 70s and their popularity continues today, even though recording dates have fallen off.

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OSIBISA Discography

OSIBISA albums / top albums

OSIBISA Osibisa album cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
Osibisa
African Fusion 1971
OSIBISA Woyaya album cover 4.45 | 4 ratings
Woyaya
African Fusion 1971
OSIBISA Heads album cover 3.92 | 3 ratings
Heads
African Fusion 1972
OSIBISA Happy Children album cover 3.91 | 2 ratings
Happy Children
African Fusion 1973
OSIBISA Super Fly T.N.T (OST) album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Super Fly T.N.T (OST)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1974
OSIBISA Osibrock album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Osibrock
African Fusion 1974
OSIBISA Welcome Home album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Welcome Home
African Fusion 1975
OSIBISA Ojah Awake album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Ojah Awake
African Fusion 1976
OSIBISA Mystic Energy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mystic Energy
African Fusion 1980
OSIBISA Celebration (aka African Celebration) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Celebration (aka African Celebration)
African Fusion 1980
OSIBISA Movements (aka Jambo) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Movements (aka Jambo)
African Fusion 1989
OSIBISA Monsore album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Monsore
African Fusion 1996
OSIBISA African Dawn, African Flight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
African Dawn, African Flight
African Fusion 2002
OSIBISA Osee Yee album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Osee Yee
African Fusion 2009
OSIBISA Osibisa Tribal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Osibisa Tribal
African Fusion 2016

OSIBISA EPs & splits

OSIBISA live albums

OSIBISA Stereo Pop Special-10 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stereo Pop Special-10
African Fusion 1972
OSIBISA Black Magic Night album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Black Magic Night
African Fusion 1977
OSIBISA Osibisa Like's Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Osibisa Like's Live
African Fusion 1981
OSIBISA Unleashed album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Unleashed
African Fusion 1982
OSIBISA Live At The Marquee album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Marquee
African Fusion 1983
OSIBISA Live At Cropredy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Cropredy
African Fusion 1998
OSIBISA Aka Kakra - Acoustic album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Aka Kakra - Acoustic
African Fusion 2001

OSIBISA demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

OSIBISA re-issues & compilations

OSIBISA Best of Osibisa album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Best of Osibisa
African Fusion 1972
OSIBISA The Ultimate Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Ultimate Collection
African Fusion 1997
OSIBISA Sunshine Day: The Very Best of Osibisa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sunshine Day: The Very Best of Osibisa
African Fusion 1999
OSIBISA The Very Best of Osibisa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Very Best of Osibisa
African Fusion 2000
OSIBISA Singles As, Bs & 12 inches album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Singles As, Bs & 12 inches
African Fusion 2015

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Live at The Marguee Club
African Fusion 2004

OSIBISA Reviews

OSIBISA Osibisa

Album · 1971 · African Fusion
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If you are not familiar with early 70s Osibisa then the best way to describe their music would be to imagine a mixture of the horn charts of early jazz-rock bands like If and Chicago, with the fiery guitar/organ interplay of Santana, all driven by an African percussion section. Osibisa has a lot in common with other early 70s African and world beat based rock-fusion groups such as Mandrill, Cymande, War and of course, Santana. Most of the core members of the original Osibisa came up through the highlife music scene in 60s and 70s Ghana. Highlife is a style somewhat similar to RnB in the states, and its open structure allows for the mixing of other influeces such as jazz or rock.

Although many original members were from Ghana, Osibisa later moved to London where they took their highlife music and added modern rockin horn charts and multi-sectioned compositional structures which endeared them to much of the jazz leaning progressive rock crowd. Although some of their songs do have complex arrangements, others are fun two chord workouts in the classic Santana tradition.

Although there were other rock bands in the early 70s with an African base, Osibisa was the band to get the most attention from the traditional rock crowd. Having the popular rock artist Roger Dean supply the striking artwork for their first album cover certainly didn't hurt this effort.

OSIBISA Black Magic Night

Live album · 1977 · African Fusion
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Sean Trane
Strangely enough, Osibisa waited for some nine studio before releasing their first live album. Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in the summer of 77, this was a bit of a surprise for everyone since they played sets concentrating on tracks from their early albums (this is good news for progheads, since those are the albums that are of interest for us) and a few from their first two albums for Bronze Records. By this time, Osibisa were definitely more commercial than in their heydays , having scored a huge hit with Sunshine Day, but the track selection of this live album leaves little doubt where their preference lied. This is where you realize how the recording industry and artist integrity do not really coincide often, to say the least. Most of the tracks from the first two albums are faithfully reproduced with the odd concert arrangements (such as the sing-along Woyaya being dragged on a bit) except on one notable shortcut: they skip most of Beautiful Seven once the intro was done to soar in Y Sharp. Fire (from their fifth album Happy Children) shows how funky these Africans could become and is quite a fine jr/f tune. There is also an then-unreleased track on this live album Loving Feeling , which gives you an idea where Osibisa should in terms of sound in 77.

The good thing about this double live album is that it can make an excellent intro to Osibisa for the proghead. The first two albums are the majority and the rest of the tracks are a fair selection of the fifth, sixth and seventh albums - this represents four tracks, including the hit Sunshine Days which has a disco beat, but nothing shameful. A very worthy introduction.

OSIBISA Woyaya

Album · 1971 · African Fusion
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Sean Trane
The second album from Osibisa picks up where their stunning debut had left it, and goes a step further. Still produced by Tony Visconti and also doned with a stupendous Roger Dean artwork, there are few minor line-up changes but nothing that changed the band’s superb sound.

Thunder and lightning opens up the first side and the track evolves with a superb flutes and slow African chants, before gradually picking up speed via their infectious conga beats. A constant progression leading to ecstasy, this song is real master strike and probably their peak in their lengthy discography. Coming up next is Y Sharp with its infernal rhythms and Fender Rhodes, and great guitars. Spirits Up Above (a Roland Rashaan Kirk cover) has a slow divinities invocation chants intro and soon develops into a frenzied and transient fast groove. Survival is where these guys really come loose and let their African influences reeling down your brains before the tracks engage is some killer jazz-rock with spine-chilling chants and superb brass section providing the dramatic impact, breaks, counterpoints and a Coltrane-influenced sax solo. I have yet to meet someone that did not fall for these guys.

Move On is almost explanatory, and hovers between Santana and African jazz. Rabiatu is yet another supeb moment where the flute dominates the speedy rhythms and great chants, interrupted by a percussive break when some whistles announces a great crescendo. Up last is the title track, another one of those signature tracks, which they played throughout their whole career.

Although after this stunning album, Osibisa will change musical direction (but gradually so), they will become more commercial but also more downright African at times and will have an international hit in Sunshine Day in 76, but always retain certain integrity until the end of the decade. If you should want to investigate them further, I can only advise you to work chronologically.

OSIBISA Osibisa

Album · 1971 · African Fusion
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Sean Trane
Although based in London, this group’s members are all Western Africans (from Ghana, Nigeria and such), and Osibisa’s first few records are much worth the inclusion here. A few hints of the progressiveness (outside of the Roger Dean superb artwork sleeve that struck imaginations with those flying predator elephants) are the line-up, the length of the tracks and the production job of Tony Visconti. Leader Teddy Osei on flute, sax, percussions and lead vocals was a formidable showman (and a groundbreaking songwriter), while second man Tonton provides the strong brassy sound of Osibisa and is also writing With the real impressive opening track, The Dawn, Osibisa strikes real strong with lengthy intro (warning up about the trip you are about to experience over a farmhouse at dawn), delicious flutes imaginative African rhythms and some psychedelic jazz rock influences and a wee bit of Ian Anderson on flute impersonation around the end of the track. This track will become one of their signature tracks in concert and was played in concert throughout their whole career. Gong Gong is an incredibly infectious groove , developing plenty of brassy answer providing plenty of drama and a superb percussive break, before picking up the groove. Ayiko Bia is probably their most African track, but they managed to hold our attention with a searing Santana-sounding guitar solo (further enhanced by the congas)

Side 2 starting out with Akwaaba (not their best track, and it is a bit overloaded musically speaking) is a bit less impressive, but remains of an excellent caliber. Oranges does regain the superb musicality of the first side, but the enthusiasm remains a bit tamer even if there are some brilliant moments, most notably the jazzy guitar solo. Phallus C is certainly the highlight of this side of the vinyl and making strong groovy statement, and its title leaves little hidden about their intentions regarding the other half of the Human race. The last track does show that they do have something else in mind, though ;-) with its soul-ish vocals, and great Hammond organs.

A stunning debut for Osibisa, certainly a product of its time (the early 70’s were THE period, right? ;-), a fascinating run through one of the best example of complete fusion of African, Latin, psychedelic and jazz-rock sounds. Much worth the investigation for just about anyone.

OSIBISA Super Fly T.N.T (OST)

Album · 1974 · Jazz Related Soundtracks
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js
This album is one of those miracles of mid-70s experimentation where everything falls together just right and a perfect hybrid has been created that may never happen again. ‘Superfly T.N.T‘.is equal parts African fusion, groovy 70s progressive rock, experimental psychedelic effects and exotic soundtrack eclecticism that blend together for a constantly unfolding journey in a classic 70s progressive style.

The mood of these songs is upbeat, and the rhythms are polyrhythmic in the style of African fusion. Meanwhile, the melodies are bold and memorable and are often taken through interesting developments in the style of the popular progressive rock bands of the day. Add to all this, excellent solos and extended rhythmic jams that feature a plethora of exotic acoustic and electric instrumentation and you have one of the finest mostly instrumental albums in a decade known for excellent experimental instrumental albums. If you were to try to give this album some musical references, possibly a mix of early 70s groups like Mandrill, Chicago, Santana, Bo Hanson, Camel and Focus, plus Les Baxter and Sun Ra might do. This is an excellent album that does not have a single dull or bad moment. Most Osibissa albums are good, but I have never heard them create on this level before or since.

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