Abdul Lasisi Amao

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A founding member of Osibisa, Abdul Lasisi Amao helped bring the London-based band's exciting style of Afro-pop and funk fusion to the international stage. His most innovative work, however, was the album…
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A founding member of Osibisa, Abdul Lasisi Amao helped bring the London-based band's exciting style of Afro-pop and funk fusion to the international stage. His most innovative work, however, was the album Aiye -- Keta, recorded in 1973 with Remi Kabaka on piano, drums, conga, rhythm guitar, Moog drum, and vocals; and Stevie Winwood (who was recuperating from an illness that had resulted in an extended hiatus from Traffic) on keyboards, guitar, and vocals. Amao and Kabaka had previously collaborated as members of Ginger Baker's short-lived Afro-Anglo band, Air Force. Although the album, which was credited to Third World, included the now-classic tune "Happy Vibe," the trio disbanded soon after it was recorded. While Winwood went on to continued stardom with Traffic and as a solo artist, Amao and Kabaka faded into obscurity.