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. OSIBISAs 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
“OSIBISA bring their own sunshine which explodes with happiness'”
Birmingham Evening Mail.
One of the important reasons for OSIBISAs enduring success has been their highly energetic and extravagant stage show. And their music is still an influential factor in dance music of today with no fewer than a dozen covers of 'Sunshine Day'.
For many years now they’ve toured 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.
Their album 'Monsore' is a classic'
London Evening Standard
Former President Jerry J Rawlings has honoured OSIBISA in Ghana where, they played a series of concerts celebrating their homecoming. 'The enthusiasm shown by the Ghanaian people especially the youth was quite amazing' recalled Teddy Osei OSIBISA bandleader.
Recent appearances include the legendary Sunsplash Festival, Northsea Jazz Festival (Cape Town SA) & Glastonbury, with recent sold out appearances in London, Newcastle, Vienna, Budapest, Birmingham, Lithuania, Estonia, Switzerland and Germany,