Osibisa

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All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Osibisa's self-titled album opened up their unique blend of African and Western styled music to a wider audience, charting in both the U.S. and Europe. Produced by Tony Visconti, Osibisa's extraordinary merger of African drum beats, colorful rhythms, and rock-inspired keyboard and horn parts give it an expansive sound that infuses countless musical influences. Even the melodies take bits of rhythm & blues and modern rock and affix them to the accompanying percussion beats to come up with a contemporary feel with an avant-garde atmosphere. Tracks such as "Dawn," "Phallus C," and "Oranges" incorporate fragments of traditional jazz and jazz fusion mainly because of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Osibisa's self-titled album opened up their unique blend of African and Western styled music to a wider audience, charting in both the U.S. and Europe. Produced by Tony Visconti, Osibisa's extraordinary merger of African drum beats, colorful rhythms, and rock-inspired keyboard and horn parts give it an expansive sound that infuses countless musical influences. Even the melodies take bits of rhythm & blues and modern rock and affix them to the accompanying percussion beats to come up with a contemporary feel with an avant-garde atmosphere. Tracks such as "Dawn," "Phallus C," and "Oranges" incorporate fragments of traditional jazz and jazz fusion mainly because of the flute and saxophone into their core, but then fashions the result to resemble the band's true heritage. Each song conjures up a certain African mysticism with its stressed rhythms and semi-primordial tempos. The most impressive track, "Music for Gong Gong," became a minor hit in the U.K. thanks to the well- balanced vocal charge and the beauty that's felt in the shingled layers of guitar, organ, and drum work. In both "Ayiko Bia" and "Akwaaba," Osibisa's Ghanian and Nigerian roots come alive through the use of the flute, flugelhorn, and trumpet -- not exactly the traditional instruments of West Africa, but they are transformed and molded to take on the band's fundamental sound. What may be the most predominant aspect about Osibisa is that the vast blend of instruments and the playful lyrics inject just enough of a modern element into the album that it's properly kept from being labeled as world music or as new age.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2008
  • Label: Repertoire
  • EAN: 4009910111826
  • Catalog Number: 1118
  • Sales rank: 63,010

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dawn (7:03)
  2. 2 Music for Gong Gong (5:29)
  3. 3 Ayiko Bia (7:53)
  4. 4 Akwaaba (4:20)
  5. 5 Oranges (4:40)
  6. 6 Phallus C (7:14)
  7. 7 Think About the People (4:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Osibisa Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Loughty Amao Conga, Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Sol Amarfio Drums
Robert Bailey Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Timbales
Roy Bedeau Bass
Teddy Osei Flute, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, African Drums, African Drums
Wendel Richardson Guitar, Vocals
Spartacus R. Percussion, Bass Guitar
Mac Tontoh Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Kabosy
Technical Credits
Roger Dean Illustrations, Cover Illustration
John Punter Engineer
Tony Visconti Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Osibisa is great jazzy, percussion oriented music

    This CD replaced an old vinyl copy of Osibisa's first LP. The african based beats, coupled with the jazz style horn section, make this a delightful listening experience. If I had to compare this to anything, it would be Santana, minus Carlos' dominate guitar. A classic that shouldn't be missed!

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