FARINET :: SATURDAY :: OSUNLADE
Osunlade is an artist who personifies art. His music as well as his beingcreates unified melodies manifested with balance, life and wisdom.Osunlade hails from St. Louis, Missouri, a place known for pioneering jazzand blues through innovative artists like Miles Davis. At age seven Osunladediscovered the piano and the vision of his life’s destiny was born. His professional journey began in 1988, at age seventeen during a visit toHollywood. He quickly caught the ear of choreographer/performer Toni “Mickey” Basil. Offering him a role in the development of musical piecesfor several projects including the children’s television series Sesame Street. A few years later hewould produce the very first album for the then independent InterscopeRecords. The artist was Gerardo, a long time friend and aspiringactor/dancer. “Rico Suave” one of the very first Latin pop songs and noveltycatch phrases to date was born. Now with a multi-platinum album and fourgold singles to his name, it wasn’t long before he was afforded manyopportunities to master his craft. Within the next ten years and over twenty albums credited, Osunlade felt thepressures and practices of the music business overshadowed his passion ofmusic. He deciding to no longer work under the influences of corporateideals and demands. Choosing to find spiritual solace and honor his soul, hewas led to Ifa, an ancestral based culture/religion based on nature, derivingfrom the Yoruba tribes of Africa and practiced by the slaves during theDiaspora to America.In 1999, Osunlade would embark on what is now his dream come true. Thefounding of Yoruba Records. Recognized as one of the most importantdance music labels worldwide, Yoruba Records is purely a source of musiccreated to elevate the soul. As the success of the label grew, so did the demand for Osunlade to expand.In 2001 he released his debut album on the respected Soul Jazz Recordslabel. “Paradigm” quickly became one of the biggest house albums that year and dubbed him the messiah of ancestral house music. With the support ofdj’s worldwide and his music now introduced to a wider spectrum oflisteners, this veteran musician/composer/producer has finally achievedbalance within. Now known for his legendary dj sets, remixes and fourteen albumsincluding several mix cd’s, Osunlade has placed himself on solid ground.His passion is in Yoruba Records and maintaining its reputation of itsunparallel quality in music.