War was the only funk band to feature a harmonica prominently in the mix. The man blowing that harmonica was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. His name is Lee Oskar.
Oskar also put out a few albums under his own name. Let me point you to a FREE MP3 from a 2007 digital album called “The Best of Lee Oskar.”
To hear “La Playa” streaming on my Vox blog, click here.
To download it, you need to make a few moves. Go to the Lowrider Band website, click where it says “download,” then click where it says “mp3s.” You’ll see “La Playa” listed. (It’ll download as a ZIP file.)
So... what is the “Lowrider Band”? That’s the name under which most of War’s original members – including Oskar – now tour. (I don’t even wanna know about the legal nightmare surrounding rights to the name “War.”)
Lee Oskar has made such an impact with his instrument, he now manufactures and markets his own line of high-end harmonicas.