Osunlade’s ordination as priest of shamanic African religion Ifa at the tail-end of the 1990s quickly inspired a broad spectrum of spiritual club and urban sounds – covering everything from soul and R&B to hip-hop and deep polyrhythmic dance.Osunlade had been working in LA at the heart of a furiously money-driven, totally ruthless mainstream music business.
Prior to that, however, there was the beautifully understated collection of afro-dance tracks, El Primer Ano, released on a limited basis by Yoruba in 2000; and before that, a dizzying sweep of musical assignments, collaborations and activities.
The Yoruba label is named after the West African people, and culture, that, so the history books tell us, gave rise to a system of traditional spiritual and healing practises and, in turn, the Ifa cult.
“My religion has more to do with ancestry than just religion. It’s connecting with the tradition and ancestors to seek guidance” Osunlade, who often incorporates Yoruba texts and vocals in his work, previously commented.
Saturday, October 20, 2012 Yoruba Gets DEEP with Osunlade, Marques Wyatt & Big Cee King King 6555 Hollywood Blvd.
Although his demand for production and remixes from labels and artists worldwide, his passion is in Yoruba Records maintaining its reputation of its unparalleled quality in music.
Rest assured clubland’s high priest has plenty of sonic sermons still to deliver.