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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

Fela Kuti - 83% match to Osibisa

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Soundtracks 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

Ebo Taylor - 74% match to Osibisa

Genres: Pop / Rock World Music
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Mandrill - 74% match to Osibisa

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s
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Tony Allen - 70% 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 - 68% 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 - 64% 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

Hugh Masekela - 59% 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

The Souljazz Orchestra - 52% match to Osibisa

Genres: Jazz Latin World Music
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Billy Cobham - 46% match to Osibisa

Genres: 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

Deodato - 44% match to Osibisa

Genres: Classical Jazz Latin R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Eumir Deodato Almeida, 21 June 1942, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As a child, Deodato (which translates as ‘god given’) taught himself to play keyboards and graduated to playing in local pop bands in his teens. He also worked as a session musician (keyboards, bass, guitar) before recording under his own name. His first success came in Brazil with his 1964 solo debut In& Read more

The Daktaris - 40% match to Osibisa

Genres: Funk
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David Axelrod - 36% match to Osibisa

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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17 April 1936, Los Angeles, California, USA. Soul/jazz visionary David Axelrod has been fêted by the Verve and Radiohead, both of which has appeared on stage to his music. More intriguingly the septuagenarian producer is a curious hero of hip-hop: Lauryn Hill, Dr. Dre, Kool G Rap, De La Soul, the Beatnuts and Mos Def (amongst others) have famously sampled his music whi Read more

The Blackbyrds - 35% match to Osibisa

Genres: Funk Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The original Blackbyrds were formed in 1973 by jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd. A doctor of ethnomusicology, Byrd lectured at Washington, DC’s Howard University and the group, named after Black Byrd, the artist’s million-seller, was drawn from his students. The Blackbyrds’ debut album charted in the soul, jazz and pop listings, while the follow-up, Flying Start, featu Read more

War - 33% match to Osibisa

Genres: Funk Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Veterans of the Californian west coast circuit, the core of War’s line-up - Leroy ‘Lonnie’ Jordan (21 November 1948, San Diego, California, USA; keyboards), Howard Scott (b. 15 March 1946, San Pedro, California, USA; guitar), Charles Miller (b. 2 June 1939, Olathe, Kansas, USA; flute/saxophone), Morris ‘B.B.’ Dickerson (b. 3 August 1949, Torrence, Ca Read more


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