Sonny okosun ozziddi fire in soweto


Born in Enugu, South Eastern Nigeria on January 1, 1947,in 1964 he founded the Postmen, a British Invasion covers band. A year later Okosun visited London for the first time as part of a theatre group--in the wake of the early 1966 government coup d'etat that led to the Biafra conflict. In 1974 he formed his own psychedelic rock unit Paperback Limited, which he helmed until, Upon dissolving the group Okosun again reinvented his approach, this time channeling influences like soul, funk and reggae--the resulting group, dubbed Ozziddi, crystallized the progressive musical and lyrical path he followed throughout the remainder of his career. "All my mates were singing love songs," Okosun later said. "I was trying to talk about what was happening to black people."


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