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

Koo Nimo Concert and Masterclass

January 6th, 2012

Koo Nimo is the last of the great Ghanaian Palm Wine guitarists, and this may well be his last trip to the States.  Short acoustic opening set by a couple past and present members of the Occidental Brothers (Rambo Asamoah will be there!. The concert is FREE, but a 5 buck donation is recommended.

Koo Nimo will lead a masterclass on Thursday 1/12, also.

Click here for concert information

Click here for to register for the Palm Wine masterclass

Chicago Jazz Fest this Sunday

September 1st, 2011

Friends! We’re excited to be playing at the Chicago Jazz Festival this weekend. Thanks to Bill Meyer at the Chicago Reader for the kind words…

The Occidental Brothers Dance Band International has, with help from a series of Ghanaian and Congolese singers, turned halls all over town (and well outside it) into joyous African dance parties. But the ensemble got its start playing instrumentals, and alto saxophonist Greg Ward and guitarist Nathaniel Braddock have jazz chops to spare. Here they’ll apply them to tunes from Mali, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa in a set that they’ve already taken to jazz festivals in Vancouver and Montreal.

Tinariwen Workshop Revisited

April 23rd, 2010

Back in February, OBDBI guitarist Nathaniel Braddock helped conduct a workshop in Tamasheq guitar of Tinariwen with their amazing guitarist Abdallah Ag Alhoussenyni.  The Old Town School of Folk Music has just completed this video of the occasion…

Lengthy Article for Your Perusal

April 15th, 2010

Friends-  A lengthy new profile of the band was published yesterday in the Chicago Reader.  It features a lot of information on the history of the Occidental Brothers and on our singer, Samba Mapangala.  Thank you to Peter Margasak for putting so much time into it, and thanks to Chicago Reader for making it their cover story.

Click HERE to take a look-see, and hope to see you at Schubas on Saturday night

Tinariwen Guitar Workshop Offered 2/28

February 16th, 2010

OBDBI guitarist Nathaniel Braddock has been teaching African Guitar and other classes at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music for many years, and is pleased announce an exciting workshop with members of the great Malian band Tinariwen. Seats will sell-out fast, so sign up soon if you’re interested! Sunday 2/28 at 3:30p.

Congo Song With A Friend

January 26th, 2010

This YouTube video was just brought to our attention–the song is by our Congolese friend Simon Kashama and this fine video features OBDBI guitarist Nathaniel Braddock and drummer Asamoah Rambo! It was a hot Chicago night when we cut this.

Diblo Dibala Makes the Scene

January 19th, 2010

The Occidental Brothers’ guitarist Nathaniel Braddock and singer Samba Mapangala were joined backstage in NYC by Congolese guitar legend Diblo Dibala last weekend!  An old friend of Samba’s, and hero of Nathaniel’s–the first African cd he bought was his Super Soukous.  Who knows what the future could hold…?