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The Godfathers of World Music
OSIBISA exploded onto the music world in 1971 with a pulsating and vibrant sound that was to engulf the tired post 60’s rock scene. Translated from Ghanaian OSIBISA means 'criss-cross rhythms that explode with happiness'.
The OSIBISA poly-rhythms and percussive breaks were to be an integral feature of the disco boom that was to follow in the late 1970s. The band’s unique fusion of Africa, Caribbean, rock, jazz, Latin and R&B paved the way for other potent music forces such as Bob Marley and the emergence of African music in the 80's. Indeed OSIBISA are seen by many as the Godfathers of World Music
One of the factors of the groups enduring success has been their highly energetic and extravagant stage show. Their music is still an influential factor in dance music of today with no fewer than a dozen covers of their classic hit 'Sunshine Day' having been recorded by international artists. The band continues to tour tirelessly, headlining numerous festivals and performing in every corner of the globe. Highlights have included a major tour of India, which resulted in a No I Gold Album - an unprecedented achievement for a western band.
“OSIBISA bring their own sunshine which explodes with happiness'” Birmingham Evening Mail.
“Their album 'Monsore' is a classic” London Evening Standard