Woyaya by Osibisa on Apple Music

7 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Years before "worldbeat" became a familiar term, 1971's Woyaya fused African highlife with Western prog-rock, R&B, and jazz. Osibisa, a multinational collective of African and Caribbean musicians based in London, strike a perfect balance between rhythmic dexterity and inviting melodies. These seven lengthy tracks flow beautifully, driven by a powerful horn section, funky organ, and hypnotic drums. A bluesy cover of Roland Kirk's "Spirits Up Above" fits perfectly with originals like the fiery, hard-rocking "Survival" and the peaceful, hymn-like title track.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Years before "worldbeat" became a familiar term, 1971's Woyaya fused African highlife with Western prog-rock, R&B, and jazz. Osibisa, a multinational collective of African and Caribbean musicians based in London, strike a perfect balance between rhythmic dexterity and inviting melodies. These seven lengthy tracks flow beautifully, driven by a powerful horn section, funky organ, and hypnotic drums. A bluesy cover of Roland Kirk's "Spirits Up Above" fits perfectly with originals like the fiery, hard-rocking "Survival" and the peaceful, hymn-like title track.

TITLE TIME
6:46
6:21
7:18
6:19
4:34
5:07
4:28

About Osibisa

The brainchild of Teddy Osei, a Ghanaian sax player, composer, and drummer who came to London to study music, Osibisa was one of the first African bands to win worldwide popularity. Their mix of African (especially highlife) and Caribbean forms made them a sensation in the mid 70s and their popularity continues today, even though recording dates have fallen off. ~ J. Poet

  • ORIGIN
    West Indies
  • FORMED
    1969

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