His unique voice has embellished songs by Osibisa Afro-rock band for many years but guitarist/singer from Antigua, Wendell Richardson, is a supreme artiste in his own right and he will be the featured act tonight, July 13 at the +233 Jazz Bar & Grill at North Ridge in Accra.
The 8.00pm programme is dubbed An Intimate Evening With Wendell Richardson and it will be a rare opportunity for patrons of the venue to get an insight into what makes the man tick as a musician.
Wendell was part of the original Osibisa band formed in London, England in 1969, which was referred to by many as ‘The Beautiful Seven.’ It travelled the world with its infectious criss-cross rhythms that won over many fans for African music.
The group comprised Teddy Osei (saxophone,flute and vocals), Mac Tontoh (trumpet), Sol Amarfio (drums), all three from Ghana; Loughty Lassisi Amao (percussion and horns) from Nigeria; Robert Bailey (keyboards) from Trinidad; Spartacus R (bass), from Grenada and Wendell Richardson (lead guitar and vocals).
Wendell has been in and out of the band at various times and recorded albums and singles under the name of Dell Richardson. His well-known albums are ‘Omowale’, ‘Nail Byter’ and ‘Pieces of a Jigsaw.’
Osibisa fans worldwide remember Wendell for his evocative vocals on tracks like ‘Welcome Home’, ‘Sunshine Day’ and ‘Wango Wango.’ The man has been in Ghana over the last three weeks or so playing gigs with Osibisa and is looking forward to the special time with him at +233.
“He is an enormously talented man whose approach to the guitar and vocals is legendary. It should be an exciting time with him tonight,” said Nana Nyarko Ackah-Yensu, a member of +233’s management team.