Click for information about Sonny Okosun. Upon dissolving the group, Okosun again reinvented his approach, this time channeling influences like soul, funk, and reggae -- the resulting group, dubbed , crystallized the progressive musical and lyrical path he followed throughout the remainder of his career. While Sonny was successful, he felt that his music is still not very distinctive. The follow-up, The Gospel According to Ozziddi, was a shaky disco effort. After so many years, this song was just playing in my head and i looked for it because I wanted to hear it once again. There, along with everyone else in the capital, he went crazy for American soul and sang in amateur soul groups.
Update: December 31, 2018: The beginning portion of this transcription includes corrections given by Victor Oniagba; September 26, 2017. This version was included in the 2011 Ghanaian movie Somewhere In Africa. Enugu or Benin City, Nigeria In his teens Sonny studied as an actor with the Eastern Nigerian Theater, couching a desire to become a playwright within a Hollywood obsession. Really great post you have here. Those that are dead are still fighting oh. All copyrights remain with their owners.
Follow-up Fire in Soweto was recorded in London and scored via the title track, which protested apartheid abuses in South Africa. I curate all of these blogs on a voluntary basis. Misreading the large numbers of adoring on-screen fans as friends, the young Okosun was attracted to this idealized lifestyle. After touring Japan and Europe with the group, he formed his own psychedelic rock unit, Paperback Limited, which he helmed until 1974. How old is chief sonny ade, ebeneza, chief osadebe, james brown and bongos ekwie they are contemlaris, you know? Born in Enugu, Nigeria, on January 1, 1947, Okosun was the son of musicians, although his chief formative influences were rockers like and.
Their is on thing pure african must put in their heads if you go to a western world for treatment and give them your fake age, they will treat you according to that age and your health will not respond to that treatment. Well i did not know that soony is just that young. I could point out some more, but let me know Greetings, Victor Oniagba! After completing work on 1978's Holy Wars, Okosun toured Nigeria with reggae greats and. . As a teen he taught himself guitar, and in 1964 founded , a British Invasion covers band; a year later Okosun visited London for the first time as part of a theater group. Flying back from a Japanese tour in 1970, Sonny purchased instruments at a London stopover — gear necessary to form his own band being prohibitively expensive and difficult to come by in Africa. This video shows African teens dressed in their school uniform dancing.
I want to tell of the African soldiers now. In a very interesting letter attached to the parcel delivered through a friend of his at a filling station in Ordorkor, Accra, he ended by telling me he didnt want to build his furure on his past…and that he saw himself as an African Soldier for Christ. The title cut stressed the Afro over the reggae to produce his most satisfying effort to date. I regrate the death of sunny. He also added the then fresh Video Cassettes of the Great Change and an other one. George and Goran Andersson remixed.
He often spent a day at the cinema, and the occasional night after falling asleep in his seat. The Postmen specialized in straight ahead rock and pop, playing Elvis songs and earning a local reputation for Beatles covers. My apologies for taking so long to add your corrections. I had the privilege of doing a remix of the song from the film Highlife for Shanachie Records. The content of this post is presented for cultural, inspiration, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes. I do have a few things to add, as I also saw your google post where you asked to come here and suggest edits. Okosun returned to music in 1969 as a member of , a group noted for its contemporary pop approach to traditional Nigerian music.
It heralded a Christian twist. Cancre has no age and people look older with a cancre prople Bob died at 36, he looked 80. My advice to people would be to continue in good things you will rewarded but not not from who you did the good. For more than forty years I have shared adapted West African stories with audiences in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. He told me not to worry and He gave me his own personal hand-made bag, which i still have till this day, moreso on that Xmas i was the only one who remembered and bought him his favorite Cologne. May he meet Jehovah at the Ressurection. Included among those teens is a heavyset girl who is highlighted perhaps for comic effect.
I have four blogspots: , , , and. Those that are living are still fighting. In the wake of the early-1966 government coup d'état that led to the Biafra conflict, he and his family settled in Lagos, where he forged a career as a television actor. Okosun nevertheless sidestepped the militant politics of contemporaries like Afro-funk icon , promoting African unity and black pride over radical broadsides. I remember the difficulty we had editing, as the drummer moved the song along as only a human could, somewhat at odds with producing a dance track. I don care if poblished or not but i an saying that the jamaikans know their date of but but that of nigeria no this why the whole worlds think that we die earlier.
In that letter, I told him of how his songs had inspired me all along. Having degrees in medicine alround without futher researches is useless. He returned home to Enugu and came up with a roots music based on his Esan Ishan culture. Much of the content of these blogs were previously found on my cocojams and jambalayah cultural websites. After battling colon cancer, Okosun died in Washington, D.
Thank you for your correction. The gift of a guitar in 1964 led to the formation of his first band, the Postmen, in 1966. Using the word of God for business killes. Some are dead and some are living. Uwaifo taught him composition and provided practical experience on the ins and outs of earning a living as a musician.