Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ghana Mourns Loss of Mac Tontah of Osibisa

Afropop was sad to learn of the passing of Mac Tontoh, founding member of Ghanaian Afro-Rock band, Osibisa. He died in Accra last Monday at the age of 69.

Osibisa's Iconic Flying Elephant Album Art
Osibisa formed in London in 1969. One of the first African bands to become popular with a wider audience, they played around the world throughout the 1970's. During the 80's, they returned to Ghana to set up a recording studio and theater in support of younger African musicians, before reforming in 1996. According to the band, the name Osibisa, derived from the Fante word for Highlife, means "criss cross rhythms that explode with happiness." Tontah composed and played the trumpet.

The BBC had this to say about Tontah.
Here's Osibisa with their 1976 hit single, "Sunshine Day."

More Album Art
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