Osibisa will release “Sunshine Day: The Boyhood Sessions” 50th Anniversary Edition on Sept. 30, 2021 on Red Steel Music. Collected together for the first time, all of these carefully curated tracks were originally considered for the soundtrack to the universally acclaimed Oscar-winning Richard Linklater film “Boyhood.” The album will be preceded by the single “Sunshine Day.”
It was the relentless search for music that would translate and enhance the movie’s storyline, which led Linklater’s production team to contact the band and their producer. This proved to be an astute decision as known for their criss-cross rhythms that explode with happiness, Osibisa’s oeuvre overflows with the joyful sunshine and innocence of childhood that resonates perfectly with this movie’s bold and engaging narrative.
Famously included in the movie soundtrack, big hitter “Sunshine Day” is now joined by rare recordings, remixes and live tracks some of which have never been released before and all drawn from Osibisa’s deep well of Afro-Rock recordings. They can now finally be heard on “Sunshine Day: The Boyhood Sessions” in all their collected glory.
Watch the promotional video for “Sunshine Day”:
From very humble beginnings to playing some of the world’s most prestigious venues, Osibisa remains the remarkable soundtrack to the lives of the global army of fans who cherish their distinctive sound and immersive music. Their ground-breaking eponymous debut album, produced by Tony Visconti, set the template for not only their remarkable palette of sounds but Afro-Rock as a new and emerging musical genre. Osibisa forged ahead releasing critically acclaimed albums “Woyaya” and “Heads” before universally distinguishing themselves with a riveting soundtrack to the follow-up “Superfly” film: “Superfly TNT.” Furthering their worldwide appeal, Osibisa continued to release seminal recordings with “Happy Children,” “Osibirock,” and “Welcome Home” which spawned the original much loved hit single “Sunshine Day.” Osibisa had further single chart successes with “Dance The Body Music” and “The Coffee Song” taken from their venerated “Ojah Awake” album. A milestone double live album “Black Magic Night” recorded at The Royal Festival Hall in 1977 contains live versions of songs from these studio releases.
With the band at the crossroads of its 50th anniversary, a collection of rarities, an in-depth career retrospective collection, remasters of key albums, solo works from a key founder member and a legacy of live recordings set for release, “Sunshine Day: The Boyhood Sessions” heralds a fresh awareness in the ever-growing musical life of this unique, ground-breaking and highly influential West African, London and Caribbean band of brothers.
With hitherto unreleased recordings that were started with Teddy Osei, key members and their producer in 2015 thru 2018 currently being made ready for completion, the real Osibisa continues the true vibe for a new generation of fans who love the Afro Rock the Beautiful Seven started all those years ago. Accept no substitute.
“Sunshine Day: The Boyhood Sessions” (50th Anniversary Edition):
“Sunshine Day” (Boyhood Mix): https://music.apple.com/gb/album/sunshine-day-single/1585794525
“Nkosi Sikeleli Afrika (Boyhood Mix)”: https://music.apple.com/gb/album/nkosi-sikeleli-afrika-boyhood-mix-single/1519211441
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