July 22, 2013 – 5:04 am

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Lugano Estival Jazz 2013 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Mendrisio, Switzerland; June 29, 2013. Excellent satellite broadcast.

Osibisa believe in saving the best for almost-the-last, and with Dance The Body Music and Sunshine Day in the setlist, this is enough to make anyone jump up and dance. (Could the percussive nature of these tracks have led to the growth of Washington DC’s go-go funk those many years ago?) It’s really quite difficult to sit still with music this infectious.

And for those who are not familiar with Osibisa, here’s an intro from festival-lent.si:

Osibisa exploded onto the music world in 1971 with a pulsating and vibrant sound that was to engulf the tired post-’60s rock scene. Translated from Ghanaian, Osibisa means “criss-cross rhythms that explode with happiness.” The band’s percussive influence began to manifest itself within the music of their contemporaries. The Osibisa poly-rhythms and percussive breaks were to be an integral feature of the disco boom that was to follow in the late ’70s. Its unique fusion of African, Caribbean, rock, jazz, Latin and R&B paved the way for other potent music forces… Indeed, Osibisa are seen by many as the Godfathers of World Music.

Thanks to joe2005 who recorded and shared the show at Dime. joe2005 also noted: “The annoying radio DJ between the tracks is cut out as much as possible…” (Thanks also to doyadig for helping out with the setlist.)

DVB-S > raw data to HDD > ProjextX > mp3DirectCut > mp2
256 Kbps, 48kHz, original broadcast
broadcast by the Radio Station “SSR-Rete Tre”

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Superfly Man (9.0MB)
Track 02. Fire (11.7MB)
Track 03. Right Now (8.9MB)
Track 04. Woyaya (10.5MB)
Track 05. Welcome Home (8.6MB)
Track 06. Music For Gong Gong (8.1MB)
Track 07. Kelele (5.5MB)
Track 08. Aiko Bia (15.2MB)
Track 09. Pata Pata (13.1MB)
Track 10. The Warrior (5.8MB)
Track 11. Dance The Body Music/Sunshine Day (18.3MB)
Track 12. Jam (?)/band intro (24.5MB)

Teddy Osei - sax, percussion, vocals
Colin Graham - trumpet
Wendell Richardson - guitar, vocals
Greg Kofi Brown - guitar, vocals
Emmanuel Rentzos - keys
Emmanuel Afram - bass
Emmanuel Tagoe - percussion
Alex Boateng - drums

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  1. 6 Responses to “OSIBISA - SWITZERLAND 2013”

  2. Niiice! BigO has a London concert from 1972 of Osibisa.

    By 5yrsnojob on Jul 22, 2013

  3. agreed 5yrs. VERY nice…

    By Billy Jack on Jul 22, 2013

  4. Wonderful stuff! Saw them at Reading Festival the first time they played. TOTP with some creepy DJ skulking around…..WOYAYA!

    By swappers on Jul 22, 2013

  5. thx a lot Big O

    By Eddie_1412 on Jul 22, 2013

  6. Hey BigO, very nice sound on this one, too! Will give it a few listens, though admittedly was not a big fan in the old days. I _do_ remember they had an AWESOME album cover or two done by the master Roger Dean.

    By golgo hakase on Jul 25, 2013

  7. sweet and funky!!

    By Paul on Sep 14, 2013

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