Saturday, February 4, 2017

Black History Month: OSUNLADE


Deep and Spiritual House producer, Osunlade was born in 1969 and raised in St. Louis, MO. A composer who worked on Sesame Street throughout the late 80s and early 90s, in 1991 he produced “Rico Suave” for Gerardo. Osunlade has had a rich career in music. After relocating to Los Angeles in the 90s, he began working with Patti Labelle, Freddie Jackson, Eric Benet and other soul artists. Upon leaving LA and moving to NYC, he founded the now iconic Yoruba Records. His 1999 release of “Native Tongue” signified a new era in Osunlade’s production career and his singles “Power To Conquer” (2000), “Cantos a Ochun et Oya” (2001), and a remix for Eric Roberson’s Change For Me quickly became underground house anthems in NYC and the world. Other notable releases around that time include “Blackman,” “The Deep,” and “Pride” featuring Nadirah Shakoor (Arrested Development). His 2001 full length album Paradigm is a staple in the world music genre. Osunlade followed up with the full length “Offering” (2002) and “Re-Offering” (2005).

Osunlade is now a Yoruba Priest in the religion of Ifa and continues to make music with a deep spiritual root in Yoruba traditions. Currently releasing music by various artists on the Yoruba label, Osunlade is still keeping deep and spiritual house in the forefront.

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