Quartet Night

November 22nd, 2017

Join Nathaniel, Greg, and Joshua with special guest drummer Greg Artry on Friday 11/24 at the California Clipper in Chicago for a special night of African Jazz and some OBDBI classics.

We’re back!

March 11th, 2016

Please join us at Chicago’s premier music venue, Constellation, for a great party on March 31st. The club is marking their third year with a big party, and we’re the band. We’ll have both Kofi Cromwell and Samba Mapangala on the mike. Come on!

great things are afoot…

January 4th, 2016

Watch for big announcements soon! A couple old friends return to the group, a new record, and lots of concerts!

Hello, and Goodbye

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.

OB related concerts

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!

African Dance Party this Wknd + Sun-Times Preview

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

OB Guitarist Radio Residency

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
7/29: Solo guitar

Panel and a concert

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

New Concerts Coming

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!

pray for mali

January 9th, 2013

These guys are doing great work for Malians and for music…