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Manu Dibango - 100% match to Osibisa

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts 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

Femi Kuti - 87% match to Osibisa

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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16 June 1962, London, England. Son of the legendary Nigerian Afro-Beat pioneer Fela Kuti, Femi is a worthy successor to his father and has added a new dimension to the polyrhythmic sound in which his father specialised. Femi has added the exuberance of young Lagos as well as the sounds of American dance music. This element has been enhanced by the fondness for his music by s Read more

Mandrill - 68% match to Osibisa

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s
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Family - 61% match to Osibisa

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Highly respected and nostalgically revered, Family was one of Britain’s most memorable progressive rock bands of the late 60s and early 70s. They were led by the wiry yet vocally demonic Roger Chapman (8 April 1942, Leicester, England), a man whose stage presence could both transfix and terrify his audience, who would duck from the countless supply of tambourines he des 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

Blodwyn Pig - 56% match to Osibisa

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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During its short life, Blodwyn Pig made a valuable contribution to the British blues boom in the late 60s. The band was formed when Mick Abrahams (7 April 1943, Luton, Bedfordshire, England; guitar) left the fast-rising Jethro Tull in 1969. His energetic and fluid playing blended well with the rest of the band, Jack Lancaster (saxophone), Andy Pyle (bass) and Ron Berg (drum Read more

King Sunny Ade - 55% 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

Lindisfarne - 46% match to Osibisa

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Newcastle, England-based band was formed by Alan Hull (20 February 1945, Benwell, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England, d. 17 November 1995; vocals, guitar, piano), Simon Cowe (b. 1 April 1948, Jesmond Dene, Tyne And Wear, England; guitar), Ray Jackson (b. 12 December 1948, Wallsend, Tyne And Wear, England; harmonica/mandolin), Rod Clements (b. 17 November 1947, Read more

Ladysmith Black Mambazo - 41% match to Osibisa

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The success of Paul Simon’s album Graceland did much to give the music of black South Africa international recognition in the mid-80s, and in particular gave a high profile to the choral group Mambazo and their captivating a cappella Zulu music (iscathamiya). Founded as Ezimnyama Ngenkani by Joseph Shabalala (Bhekizizwe Jospeh Siphatimandla, 28 August 1941, Ladysmith, S Read more

Baaba Maal - 40% match to Osibisa

Genres: Dance World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 November 1953, Podor, Senegal. Vocalist and guitarist Maal had humble origins, growing up in the sparsely populated town of Podor, where his father worked in the fields, but also had the honour of calling worshippers to the mosque using song. The influence of Islam would remain central to his son’s activities too, both father and son being members of the Fulani commu Read more

Hugh Masekela - 40% 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

Paul Mauriat - 39% match to Osibisa

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 March 1925, Marseille, France, d. 3 November 2006, Perpignan, France. A conductor, arranger and composer, descended from generations of classical musicians, Mauriat began to study music at the age of four, and continued his studies at the Conservatoire in Paris when his family moved there in 1935. His initial ambition to become classical pianist gave way to an interest in Read more

Caravan - 38% match to Osibisa

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Canterbury, England, in 1968, Caravan evolved from the Wilde Flowers, a seminal local attraction that had included Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers and Hugh Hopper, all later of the Soft Machine. Pye Hastings (21 January 1947, Tomnavoulin, Bamffshire, Scotland; guitar, vocals), Jimmy Hastings (flute), David Sinclair (b. 24 November 1947, Herne Bay, Kent, England; keyboard Read more

Airto Moreira - 37% match to Osibisa

Genres: Latin
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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5 August 1941, Itaiópolis, Brazil. Moreira moved to Rio de Janeiro when he was 16 years old. In the 60s he played in a quartet with the pianist/flautist Hermeto Pascoal, travelling the length and breadth of Brazil collecting and using over 120 percussion instruments. He moved to Los Angeles in 1968 and then to New York in 1970. Airto, as he is commonly referred to, wa Read more

Curved Air - 35% match to Osibisa

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Originally emerging from the classically influenced progressive band Sisyphus, Curved Air formed in 1969 with a line-up comprising Sonja Kristina (14 April 1949, Brentwood, Essex, England; vocals), Darryl Way (b. 17 December 1948, Taunton, Somerset, England; violin), Florian Pilkington-Miksa (b. 3 June 1950, Roehampton, London, England), Francis Monkman (b. 9 June 1949, Hamp Read more


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