Woyaya

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Woyaya
Studio album by Osibisa
Released 1971
Recorded 1971
Genre Afro-pop
Length 40:44
Label MCA
Producer Tony Visconti
Osibisa chronology
Osibisa
(1971)
Woyaya
(1971)
Heads
(1972)

Woyaya is the second album by British Afro-pop band Osibisa released in 1971 by MCA. Reissued in 2004 in a two-CD pack together with the self-titled album Osibisa by BGO Records.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Beautiful Seven"   Osei/Tontoh 6:42
2. "Y Sharp"   Osibisa 6:20
3. "Spirits Up Above"   Roland Kirk 7:18
4. "Survival"   Tontoh/Osei 6:07
5. "Move On"   Richardson 4:42
6. "Rabiatu"   Amao 5:07
7. "Woyaya"   Amarfio 4:28
Total length:
40:44

The Title[edit]

Although conventionally spelled "Woyaya" the title is actually "Wɔyaya" (with a backwards-c), which comes from the Ghanaian Akan language.[citation needed] The title song was covered by Art Garfunkel on his debut solo album Angel Clare in 1973. The lyrics to the song "We are going nobody knows..." were written by Annie Masembe from Uganda.

Personnel[edit]

  • Teddy Osei – tenor saxophone, flute, African drums, percussion, vocals
  • Sol Amarfio – drums, fontonfrom, bongos, African drums, cowbells, percussion, vocals
  • Mac Tontoh – trumpet, flugelhorn, cowhorn, kabasa, percussion, vocals
  • Spartacus R (Roy Bedeau) – bass guitar, prenprensua, assorted percussion
  • Wendell Richardson – lead guitar, vocals
  • Robert Bailey – organ, piano, timbales, percussion, vocals
  • Loughty Lasisi Amao – tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, flute, congas, fontonfrom
  • Osibisa choir – friends and lovers

Production[edit]

References[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1971 Billboard 66