Osibisa @ Cotton Club
Pretty young things under the age of 40 may not have heard of pioneering Ghanaian-Caribbean band Osibisa, but for any self-respecting world music fan it will come as no surprise that the energetic Afro-pop contingent are still going strong today.
Originally formed in swinging sixties London, Osibisa was one of the first African heritage bands to develop a bestselling fusion of jazz, calypso and wanton pop, performing alongside the likes of the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd, and their popularity is evidently ongoing with their three night residency at Tokyo’s Cotton Club extended by popular demand.
Designed by Yasumichi Morita as a tribute to the original Harlem Cotton Club which flourished during the prohibition era, Tokyo’s Cotton Club has already played host to a number of jazz legends. And true to its supper club style, the space is kitted out with chandeliers, leather-lined booths and velvet curtains, and serves up a selection of sassy cabaret-inspired cocktails like ‘Woman's Glance’ with Scotch whiskey jelly, homemade cranberry juice and mixed berry purée.
The swanky list of bites includes grilled mackerel and ’Kuruma’ prawns served with spring vegetables in a tarragon and clam sauce, and Wagyu beef rib confit, together with a poached egg and white asparagus salad. There’s just one problem – you may struggle to keep your derriere in its seat with the rousing mix of hi-life, calypso and sonic beats!