Osibisa’s New Dawn is pleasurable, infectious and colourised
Afro-rockers Osibisa are still with us after 50 years, and New Dawn shows them still rejuvenating
Osibisa are a reminder of the length and endurance of the Black British musical inheritance.
Ghanian in origin, they formed in 1969 and have worked on and off as a fluid collective ever since, with keyboard player Robert Bailey now the only original member. But constant rejuvenation of their line-up has enabled Osibisa to remain fluid and eclectic.
New Dawn merges a range of styles, from the gruff 70s boogie of Adjuawa Aye (Go With The Flow) to the contemporary R&B juicy fruit of Dark Matter, featuring R&B vocalist Faye Jones.
In between they alight on highlife, Afrobeat, reggae and muscular funk in a casual yet meticulously practised manner that is never less than pleasurable, infectious and colourised.