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Manu Dibango - 100% match to Osibisa

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts World Music World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 December 1933, Douala, Cameroon. Sent to France to complete his education in 1949, Dibango lived in Paris until 1956. By now a proficient saxophonist and classically trained pianist, he then moved to Brussels, Belgium. In Brussels, he played regularly at the Black Angels Club, developing his fusion of jazz and Cameroonian makossa music. In 1960, he joined the band led by Read more

Hugh Masekela - 87% match to Osibisa

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Hugh Rampolo Masekela, 4 April 1939, Witbank, Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa’s leading émigré trumpeter and band leader was born into a musical family, which boasted one of the largest jazz record collections in the city. One of Masekela’s earliest memories is of winding up the household gramophone for his parents; by the age of 10, he was Read more

Fela Kuti - 73% match to Osibisa

Genres: Jazz Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Soundtracks World Music World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, 15 October 1938, Abeokuta, Nigeria, d. 2 August 1997, Nigeria. Kuti was a primary influence behind the invention and development of Afro-Beat, the west African fusion of agit-prop lyrics and dance rhythms that has been a major medium of social protest for the urban poor since the late 60s.Kuti was born to middle Read more

Tony Allen - 66% match to Osibisa

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 August 1940, Lagos, Nigeria. While Africa is justly famed for its percussionists, the continent has produced only a limited number of outstanding kit drummers - not surprisingly, given most African band leaders’ preference for traditional drum and percussion sounds. Nigeria’s Tony Allen, however, along with South Africa’s Louis Moholo, is deservedly ranked Read more

Antibalas - 65% match to Osibisa

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 2000s
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Taking their name from the Spanish for ‘bullet proof’ or ‘anti-bullets’, Bushwick, Brooklyn, USA-based collective Antibalas are comprised of around 15 (slightly fluctuating) core members though this can often expand to in excess of 20 musicians. Members have included Martín Perna (baritone saxophone), Duke Amayo (vocals, percussion), Victor Axelrod (k Read more

Cymande - 60% match to Osibisa

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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This London, England-based band coined the phrase ‘nyah rock’. Their musical influences included soul, afrobeat, reggae and calypso, and they were widely considered the roots alternative to Osibisa. The variable line-up centred around the duo of Patrick Patterson (guitar, organ, vocals) and Stephen Scipio (bass), who enrolled the services of like-minded individuals in Read more

Ebo Taylor - 58% match to Osibisa

Genres: Pop / Rock World Music
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Mandrill - 50% match to Osibisa

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s
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King Sunny Ade - 49% match to Osibisa

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Sunday Adeniyi, 1 September 1946, Oshogbo, Nigeria. When Ade dropped out of school in 1963 in order to play with semi-professional Lagos juju bands, his parents - from the royal family of Ondo - were horrified. In Nigeria, as in much of Africa, music was regarded by ‘respectable’ people as a very low-caste occupation. Ade’s subsequent national and internationa Read more

Willie Bobo - 44% match to Osibisa

Genres: Jazz Latin Urban & Rap World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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William Correa, 28 February 1934, New York City, New York, USA, of Puerto Rican parentage, d. 15 September 1983, Los Angeles, California, USA. Growing up in New York’s El Barrio, Bobo was exposed to substantial doses of Latin music, jazz and R&B. These genres later jostled together in his work as a band leader. He started playing Latin percussion at the age of 14 (t Read more

The Souljazz Orchestra - 42% match to Osibisa

Genres: Jazz Latin World Music
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Crusaders - 36% match to Osibisa

Genres: Funk
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The Crusaders - 36% match to Osibisa

Genres: Funk Jazz Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This remarkably versatile group was formed in Houston, Texas, as the Swingsters. During the 50s, Wilton Felder (31 August 1940, Houston, Texas, USA; reeds), Wayne Henderson (b. 24 September 1939, Houston, Texas, USA; trombone), Joe Sample (b. 1 February 1939, Houston, Texas, USA; keyboards) and Nesbert ‘Stix’ Hooper (b. 15 August 1938, Houston, Texas, USA; drums), Read more

Stanley Clarke - 35% match to Osibisa

Genres: Funk Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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30 June 1951, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Clarke started on violin then transferred to cello, double bass and finally the bass guitar. After formal training at school and at the Philadelphia Musical Academy, his first experience was in funk outfits; he then got a taste for playing jazz working with Horace Silver for six months in 1970. He played with tenor saxophonist J Read more

Billy Cobham - 32% match to Osibisa

Genres: Jazz Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Cobham, 16 May 1944, Panama. Cobham began playing drums while growing up in New York City, to where his family had moved while he was still a small child. He studied at the city’s High School of Music before entering military service. In the army he played in a band and by the time of his discharge had achieved a high level of proficiency. In the late 60s he pla Read more


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