January 28th, 2014
Friends! Please join us for a farewell-for-now show that reunites the 2008 line up before guitarist Nathaniel Braddock relocates to Australia. w/ Fatbook, Los Vicios de Papa.
Kofi, Rambo, Josh, Greg, and Nathaniel will play all of the music from Odo Sanbra and the live set that we took to GlobalFest, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Montreal Jazz Fest, the Vancouver Jazz Fest, and many other great venues.
After this show? The future is unwritten.
October 15th, 2013
There are no OBDBI concerts scheduled until next spring when Mathew returns from Zambia, but in the mean time you’ll want to keep an eye out for Trio Mokili featuring OB’s Nathaniel Braddock and Makaya McCraven with upright bassist Junius Paul playing African Jazz around Chicago. Click here for dates at Martyrs, the Whistler and the Double door.
Also, Nathaniel and Rambo have been playing in the Akwaaba Quartet with some other Ghanaian drummers playing Palm Wine and folkloric music from Ghana. Only private events so far, but coming to a stage near you soon!
July 26th, 2013
Please be sure to join us this Saturday when we play at Martyrs‘ in Chicago with Senegalese bands Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba and Aly M’Baey & Gayndee.
Also please check this great preview in the Chicago Sun-Times
July 2nd, 2013
Occidentals guitarist and leader Nathaniel Braddock is in residence in the month of July on WBEZ. That means that he’ll be playing on air every Monday during the Morning Shift program. Here’s the whole schedule:
7/1: Duo with Steve Doyle
7/8: Trio Mokili w Junius Paul & Makaya McCraven
7/15: Duo with Zambian artist Mathew Tembo
7/22: Occidental Brothers DBI
May 24th, 2013
This coming Thursday May 30 please join us for “Bisso na Bisso (Between Us): A Discussion on Music and Collaborative Ethnography in Africa.” Nathaniel will sit on a panel, soukous expert Bob White lectures at 6, and the OBDBI closes it out with the dance party at 8. Senegalese food on hand. Open to the public
Bisso na Bisso poster
April 3rd, 2013
We’re happy to announce a concert at Space in Evanston. The event is hosted by Radio M host Tony Sarabia and will be recorded for broadcast on WBEZ. Support for the night is the terrific Swing Brasileiro.
More coming soon!
January 9th, 2013
These guys are doing great work for Malians and for music…
November 27th, 2012
Hey, all. We’re pleased to be supporting the Chicago Afrobeat Project a their cd release concert Dec 15th and the Double Door in Chicago. This show was set up by young Harjinder Singh who’ll be playing that night in both the Brazilian percussion ensemble Bloco Maximo and neo-soul killers Fatbook. This is not one to miss!
August 8th, 2012
Please to be helping our friends MUCCA PAZZA launch their new record at the Bottom Lounge. Come on out August 18!
July 20th, 2012
This Saturday at 4pm at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, part of the Square Roots Festival