Osibisa

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Osibisa is a band, founded in 1969 by four African and three Caribbean musicians, who peaked in popularity in the 1970s. Founding members included Ghanaians Teddy Osei (saxophone), Sol Amarfio (drums) and Mac Tontoh (trumpet), Grenadian Spartacus R (bass), Trinidadian Robert Bailey (keyboard), Antiguan Wendel Richardson (lead guitar), and Nigerian Lasisi Amao (percussionist and tenor saxophone).

Ghanaians Darko Adams Potato (died 1995) and Kiki Djan (died 2004) have also been members of the band.

Osibisa describes itself as the godfathers of world music, claiming to have paved the way for more famous musicians like Bob Marley, who became popular in the 1980s. Their music is described as a fusion of African, Caribbean, jazz, rock, Latin and R&B.

Some of the biggest hits of this group include:

  • Music for Gong Gong
  • Sunshine Day
  • Dance the Body Music
  • Coffee Song


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