Osunlade

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Osunlade
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Background information
Born (1969-03-13) 13 March 1969 (age 45)
St Louis, Missouri, United States
Origin St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Genres World[1]
Occupations Musician
Record producer
Instruments piano, percussion, guitar, bass, vocalist
Years active 1989–present
Labels Yoruba Records
Website http://www.yorubarecords.net

Osunlade (/sʉnˈlɑːd/; born March 13, 1969)[2] is an American-born musician and music producer.

Biography[edit]

Osunlade was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.[3] He composed music for Sesame Street during the late 1980s and early 1990s.[4] Afterward, he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he worked with artists such as Patti Labelle and Freddie Jackson. After a stint there, he moved to New York, where he founded Yoruba Records. To date he has worked with such artists as Roy Ayers, Nkemdi, Salif Keita, and Cesária Évora. In 2006, he released an album titled Aquarian Moon, in 2007, he released an album titled Elements Beyond on the revived Strictly Rhythm Records, and, in 2009, he released the album Passage. He is a priest of the Yoruba religion of Ifá. Because of his beliefs, Osunlade's music has a deep spiritual root in Yoruba traditions that are also reflected in the name of his record label, album covers, and also the titles of some of the tracks he has remixed such as "Obatala y Oduduwa" and "Yemeya."

Discography[5][edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 1999 "Native Tongue"
  • 2000 "Beats de los Muertos Vol. 1"
  • 2000 "Power to Conquer/Aldeia de Ogum", as Latina Café
  • 2001 "Cantos a Ochun et Oya"
  • 2001 "Diamant"
  • 2001 "Rader Du/Blackman" (with Wunmi)
  • 2001 "The Deep"
  • 2001 "Versatile Family Sampler"
  • 2002 "Obatala Y Oduduwa"
  • 2002 "Native Tongue Revisited" (with Jaffa)
  • 2002 "Beloved"
  • 2002 "Pride" (with Nadirah Shakoor)
  • 2002 "New Day", as Atelewo
  • 2003 "Chimes of Freedom", as Atelewo
  • 2004 "The Year of the Monkey"
  • 2004 "Pride (Remixes)" (with Nadirah Shakoor)
  • 2004 "Same Thing" (with Maiya James)
  • 2005 "The Fifth Dimension"
  • 2005 "New Day/Macaco", as Atelewo
  • 2006 "Flow/Sokinsikartep"
  • 2006 "I Don't Know"
  • 2006 "Everything in its Right Place" (with Erro)
  • 2007 "April"
  • 2008 "Momma's Groove"
  • 2008 "My Reflection" (with Divine Essence)
  • 2012 "Envision" (released on Defected Records)

Appears on[edit]

  • 2000 Ebbo - "The Way"
  • 2001 Stephanie Cooke - "Here with my Best Friend"
  • 2001 Masters at Work feat. Lynae - "Life Is But a Dream"
  • 2003 Lonesome Echo Production - "Soul Galactic"
  • 2003 Siji - "Feelslike"
  • 2004 Sin Palabras - "Yemaya"
  • 2004 Siji - "Sanctuary"
  • 2005 KB - "El Musica"
  • 2006 Isoul8 feat. Rasiyah - "Speak Your Word"
  • 2007 Afefe Iku - "BodyDrummin"

Production for other artists[edit]

  • 1991 Gerardo - "Rico Suave", "Fandango" (programming, composer, additional production)
  • 1992 Patti LaBelle - "All Right Now"
  • 1993 Me 2 U - "Alone Wit U", "Want U Back"
  • 1993 YT Style - "You'll Never Find Another"
  • 1994 BlackGirl - "90's Girl" (original version), "Nubian Prince"
  • 1994 Freddie Jackson - "Was It Something"
  • 1994 Eric Gable - "Process of Elimination"
  • 1996 Eric Benét - "Femininity"
  • 1997 Martha Wash - "Come"
  • 1999 Marie St. James - "Closer I Get"
  • 1999 Eric Benét - "Poetry Girl"
  • 2000 Musiq Soulchild - "Mary Go Round"
  • 2001 Eric Roberson - "Change for Me"
  • 2002 DJ Jazzy Jeff feat. Erro - "Rock Wit U"
  • 2003 Vivian Green - "Emotional Rollercoaster"
  • 2003 Larry Gold - "Just a Dream"
  • 2004 Wei Chi - "Dream"
  • 2005 Nadirah Shakoor - "Just a Breath Away"
  • 2005 Frank-I - "Let the Record Play"
  • 2006 Nadirah Shakoor - "Love Song"
  • 2006 Malena Pérez - "Praise the Day"
  • 2006 Bah Samba - "Tired Little One"
  • 2007 The Piscean Group - The Piscean Group
  • 2007 Mellow Madness - "Now Your Calling"

Albums[edit]

  • 2000 Yoruba Records: El Primer Año
  • 2001 Paradigm
  • 2006 Aquarian Moon
  • 2007 Elements Beyond
  • 2010 Rebirth
  • 2011 Pyrography
  • 2013 A Man With No Past Originating The Future"

Mixed compilations[edit]

  • 2002 Offering
  • 2005 Re-Offering
  • 2006 Soul Heaven (with DJ Spen)
  • 2008 Passage
  • 2009 Mix the Vibe: King Street Goes Yoruba

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mixtape Mondays: Gilles Peterson, Full Crate & FS Green, Osunlade". mixtape. okayplayer.com. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  2. ^ Kellman, Andy (2008-05-20). "Osunlade > Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
  3. ^ "Osunlade - Bio". Osunlade.net. Retrieved 2009-12-24. 
  4. ^ "Interview". dancemusicmag.com. 
  5. ^ http://www.discogs.com/artist/Osunlade

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