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Osibisa is a British Afro-pop band, founded in London in 1969 by four expatriate African and three Caribbean musicians. Osibisa were one of the first African bands to become widely popular, leading to claims of founding World Music.

In Ghana in the 1950s, Teddy Osei (saxophone), Sol Amarfio (drums), Mamon Shareef and Farhan Freere (flute) played in a highlife band called The Star Gazers. They left to form The Comets, with Osei’s brother Mac Tontoh on trumpet, and scored a hit in West Africa with their 1958 song “Pete Pete.” In 1962 Osei moved to London to study music on a scholarship from the Ghanaian government. In 1964 he formed Cat’s Paw, an early “world music” band that combined highlife, rock and soul. In 1969 he persuaded Amarfio and Tontoh to join him in London, and Osibisa was born.

The name Osibisa was described by the band members as meaning “criss cross rhythms that explode with happiness” but it actually comes from “osibisaba” the Fante word for highlife. Their style influenced many of the emerging African musicians over the last forty plus years.


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    11 Sep 2014 Reply

    OSIBISA ..... This Music is alive and touches my Soul in a most powerful and joyful way ..... This Music awakens my Soul and Body in a new way .... It's like opening up a great Treasure ..... When I was a Baby your Mother told you not to play with Fire .... There are different kinds of Fire ..... The Music of Osibisa is a Fire that lives within your Soul ..... It burns just right - no matter how hot ....

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
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  • ToothandNail04

    totally overlooked and underrated.

    27 May 2011 Reply
  • dis_balance

    Woyaya - very good music!

    7 May 2011 Reply
  • sufu5a

    Love the flying Elephant :D

    3 Aug 2010 Reply
  • kobafemi

    Reminds me a bit of of Cymande. This is good ishhhh.

    8 Jun 2010 Reply
  • jj6z

    yes Uplifting =)

    6 Jun 2010 Reply
  • ikarus999

    uplifting is the word.

    5 Jun 2010 Reply
  • KempesOne

    Why new Album "Osee Yee" isn't in the albums?

    8 Feb 2010 Reply
  • OskiRocks

    Criss cross rhythms that explode with Happiness......

    28 Dec 2009 Reply
  • burrito1953

    If my memory serves me right it was in 1972 when I saw the band at The Greyhound Pub in Fulham.......what a night!!!!

    13 Nov 2009 Reply
  • therussian91

    Aiyko biyae biyae, Aiyko biyae

    21 Mar 2009 Reply
  • MoDynamite

    ... freakin`out with "Gumbe" !

    16 Mar 2009 Reply
  • New_Horizons

    ... heard them live for the first time @ the British Rock Festifal, Sept. 1971 in Speyer, Germany - a whole new world opened - and - a very, very good one !!

    20 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Nhorf

    freedom music

    24 Dec 2008 Reply
  • O-Men

    I randomly bought woyaya yesterday on vinyl, based entirely on the cover, and was glad to find some amazing music

    21 Dec 2008 Reply
  • wohlfuehlmusik

    They're creating a very nice atmosphere with their songs, excellent!

    3 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Marcus_Loss

    I've discovered it last month... and i'm loving it

    27 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Petrochenkoff

    unique band, i'm very impressed

    23 Aug 2008 Reply
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