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

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!


July 3rd, 2012

Hey, friends. We just got word from the city that there were 8000 people at Millennium Park for our show last week! Thanks, Chicago!

Millennium Park Jubilation!!!

June 26th, 2012

Brothers and sisters! Thanks for the fantastic party last night at Millennium Park. This video captures something of the phenomenon that occurred during our song “La Balance”–a couple of kids dancing swelling in minutes to a 300+ dance line. Chicago, you never cease to amaze us.

Millennium Park Thank You

June 26th, 2012

Thanks for coming out and making the scene with us in Chicago’s Millennium Park last night. What a great party, and what is up with the so-called 300 person “conga line flash mob”?

Don’t Miss This One, Chicago

June 11th, 2012

Strobe Session

February 28th, 2012

Just announced… the band will be playing a night of music at Chicago’s Strobe Recording Studio to a very small audience.  Please RSVP to strobesessions @ g mail . com as reservations will go fast!  The evening will be shot to video and posted to the internets.

…in the Chicago Tribune

February 24th, 2012

Thanks to Greg Kot for the nice shout in today’s Chicago Tribune!

Global Dance Night Chicago!

February 17th, 2012

Hey, everybody!  We’re pleased to be playing next Friday February 24 at the Old Town School of Folk Music‘s new Szold Hall–a concert hall with room to move!  The show is part of the new Global Dance Night series started by our friend Mateo Mulcahy, and the evening kicks off with a dance lesson from Kimosha Murphy.  Then the band plays all night–it should be great party, so please join us!

We’ll be joined that night by a couple of new faces.  Greg Ward won’t be back from his trip through southern Africa yet, but DeSean Jones will be on the horn, and killing it!  Also, we’ll be joined on vocals and kalimba by Zambian musician Matthew Tembo.  Matthew moved to Chicago this year, and we really enjoy his friendship and prodigious muscianship.  After many years as a successful reggae musician, Matthew has been focusing on traditional Zambian sounds.  You can look forward to lots of new sounds next Friday, plus Mr. Tembo tearing it up on your OBDBI favorites!

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