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Osibisa to release album soon - Mac Tontoh 10/9/2007
Legendary Afro pop musical group Osibisa needs no introduction in the world of music. The group has in the past and recent times shaken music platforms, hosting the biggest crowd of all time as well as sweeping significant awards.

Their kind is yet to be seen as questions have been asked as to who would replace them when they finally retire in music.

Though members of the group are getting old, they have gone back to the studios to record their very last album before going on retirement. One of the members, Mac Tontoh left Ghana on Monday September 24 for London to join his pals for the comeback.

He told Beatwaves in a short conversation that “I am not certain about the album title or the album. I have to meet the others before probably making public any further information about the album.”

However, he said the recording would not take less than three weeks and that on his return to Ghana the group would stage a couple of shows.

The group was founded in 1969 by four African and three Caribbean musicians, who were popular in the 1970s.

They included Teddy Osei (saxophone), Sol Amarfio (drums) and Mac Tontoh (trumpet), from Ghana; Spartacus R (bass) from Grenada; Robert Bailey (keyboard) from Trinidad; Wendell Richardson (lead guitar) from Antigua and Lasisi Amao (percussionist and tenor saxophone), Nigerian.

Darko Adams Potato (died 1995) and Kiki Djan (died 2004), both Ghanaians, have also been members of the band.

Many music enthusiasts described Osibisa as godfathers of world music who paved the way for more famous musicians such as Bob Marley, who became popular in the mid-70s.

Osibisa’s music is a fusion of African and Caribbean rythms, jazz, rock, Latin and R&B. Many of Osibisa’s tunes are danceable.

The style of the group influenced many emerging African musicians of the time.


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