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Last Show: Friday 2 nd June 2023

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Founded in 1969 by Teddy Osei, Osibisa is derived from 'Osibisaaba' – a name given to types of music with styles like “palm-wine” and Fante Fishermen’s traditional music. In the early days, the band played at psychedelic venues around London, whilst trying to find financial support. Osei played the saxophone, flute and African drums. With an explosive on-stage vibrance and charisma, the likes of which had never been experienced before outside of Ghana, Osibisa, became an instant success. Audiences flocked to become part of the Osibisa live movement of utter elation! During these early days, Osei’s band of musical joy-makers, captured the attention of other musicians of the day. The likes of The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder etc were mesmerised by the roof-lifting ability of Osibisa, and all sought advice and mentorship from Osei.  They enjoyed gleaning tips on how to ignite their own live performances with the dazzling energy created by Osibisa. By the mid ‘70s, Osibisa’s enigmatic momentum had bubbled to the surface of mainstream, and UK chart hits followed including ‘Dance The Body Music’ and the iconic ‘Sunshine Day’.  In June 1971, Osibisa, became the first black band to break the iconic, Marquee Club, during the 11th National Jazz, Blues and Pop Festival – poignant, as exactly 50 years on, the band become the debut signing to the new and official Marquee Records, under Right Track Universal.

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"Osibisa criss-cross rhythms that explode with happiness’"

Nile Rodgers

Robert Bailey

One of the original founding members of Osibisa, Robert has travelled the globe with his talent and craft since his teenage years. He was integral on the first x5 Osibisa albums, including the soundtrack for the movie ‘Superfly’.  Over the years, Robert has toured and produced with the likes of Randy Crawford, Maxine Nightingale, Al Matthews, Eric Clapton, and was musical director for US Sax player, Ronnie Laws on his European tour.  Robert also played keyboards for iconic bands including Boney M, Sister Sledge, Odyssey, Jimmy Ruffin and Billy Ocean.

Colin Graham

Colin began playing the trumpet at the age of seven. By the time he was 15, he was wowing audiences at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, and by his late teens had moved to the dizzy heights of Wembley Stadium, sitting in with Paul Weller's, The Jam.  Whilst with Brit-funk band, Light Of The World, Colin was approached by managers of the then unknown, George Michael, to join his outfit Wham! Colin went on to arrange and play horns on the next two Wham! albums. Winning a gold disc for his arrangement work on the hit singles, ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’ and ‘Freedom’, Colin started to explore the field of all round music arrangement. More recently, Colin is most well-known for his involvement with Ali Campbell’s, UB40 and Osibisa.

Angie Amra Anderson

Since 1974, Angie has been an incredible force throughout African and Caribbean Arts sector, across both music and dance.  In ’76 Angie co-founded the Ekome National Dance Company, and a decade later Ekome formed a unique collaboration with Peter Gabriel, recording a World Music album entitled ‘Rhythm of the Heat’.  She also helped launch the world renowned festival WOMAD (World of Music and Dance), performing alongside Peter Gabriel and the Drummers of Burundi. The company received many accolades including a royal invitation by Prince Charles to Buckingham Palace, in recognition for their contribution to cultural cohesion and the significant development of Black Dance in the UK.  As a composer/musician, Angie was contracted to co-produce the music/vocals for the film ‘Rwendo – The Journey’, directed by Farai Sevenzo for the National Film & TV School in Beaconsfield; which later went on to receive a BAFTA award. Her TV and Film appearances include ‘ Melvin Bragg’s – ‘The South Bank Show’, ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’, ‘A Sailor’s Return’, ‘Highway’, ‘The Pattie Boulaye Show’, ‘Bacchanal’, ‘Ebony’ and recently recorded a programme for BBC Education entitled ‘ Music Makers’. She also plays percussion for many groups including UK’s latest award-winning hip-hop artists ‘AKALA’. Recent broadcast include ‘The Hits’, MTV and Channel 4’s ‘The Nokia Green Room’.

Band Line Up

Robert Bailey (keyboards)
Wendell Richardson (guitar, vocals)
Angie Amra Anderson (percussion)
David Kayode (saxophone)
Colin graham (trumpet)
Kofi Adu (drums)
Yeukai (backing vocals)
Maurice Brown (guitar)
PK Ambrose (bass)