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Baaba Maal - 79% 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

Issa Bagayogo - 59% match to Osibisa

Genres: Electronic & Ambient
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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1961, Korin, Mali. Converging the traditional sounds of griot and western dance music, Bagayogo has been nicknamed ‘Techno Issa’ in his home country. The singer-songwriter began singing and playing the kamelégoni (a six-stringed harp, traditionally associated with hunters in the Wassoulou region) and the daro (a metal bell) while working on the family farm. Read more

Manu Dibango - 52% 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

Curved Air - 37% 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

Mandrill - 29% match to Osibisa

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s
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Rare Earth - 29% match to Osibisa

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Gil Bridges (saxophone) and drummer Pete Rivera/Hoorelbeke (drums) formed their first R&B band, the Sunliners, in Detroit in 1961. John Parrish (bass) joined in 1962; Rod Richards (guitar) and Kenny James (keyboards) followed in 1966. Other members included Ralph Terrana (keyboards), Russ Terrana (guitar) and Fred Saxon (saxophone). After years of playing in local clubs and Read more

Nektar - 28% match to Osibisa

Genres: Pop / Rock
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King Sunny Ade - 27% 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

Greenslade - 26% match to Osibisa

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1972 by ex-Colosseum members Dave Greenslade (18 January 1943, Woking, Surrey, England; keyboards) and Tony Reeves (b. 18 April 1943, London, England). The line-up was completed by ex-Episode Six and Alan Bown Set member Dave Lawson (keyboards/vocals) and Andrew McCulloch (drums). Their four well-received albums all proved to be moderately successful - the strong Read more

The Crusaders - 26% match to Osibisa

Genres: Jazz R&B / Soul
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

Hugh Masekela - 25% 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

Renaissance - 23% match to Osibisa

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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In 1968, former Yardbirds Jim McCarty (25 July 1943, Liverpool, England; drums) and Keith Relf (b. 22 March 1943, Richmond, Surrey, England, d. 14 May 1976; vocals/acoustic guitar) reunited as Together for two self-composed singles that in their pastoral lyricism and acoustic emphasis anticipated the more lucrative Renaissance in which they were joined by ex-Nashville Teens Read more

Caravan - 22% 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

Birth Control - 21% match to Osibisa

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Beggars Opera - 20% match to Osibisa

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Glasgow, Scotland, progressive rock band Beggars Opera was formed in the late 60s by Marshall Erskine (bass/flute), Ricky Gardener (guitar/vocals), Martin Griffiths (vocals/percussion), Alan Park (keyboards) and Raymond Wilson (drums). The group’s grandiose ambition was to fuse classical and progressive rock elements, an accommodation they achieved but only to moderate cri Read more


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