After all our festival gigs, please join us for our first Chicago club date in over a year as we return to Schubas on Friday October 28th! It’ll likely be the last local one in 2011, too, so please come on out.
We’re joined by our friends l’Orchestre Super-Vitesse who specialize in the music of the Manding bands of Guinee, Mali, and Senegal.
Also, as a special treat our Zambian friend Matthew Tembo will be sharing a couple of his tunes. Matthew just moved to town, and we’re looking forward to hearing more of his music!
Thanks to Chicago Tribune critic Howard Reich for the great review in Saturday’s paper!
“Notwithstanding the party-time feeling of this music, however, the Occidentals deal in meticulously conceived, tightly arranged, crisply articulated arrangements. This is not a band that gets together to riff freely, in other words. The precision of their playing, the pinpoint accuracy of their cues and the careful structuring of their songs affirm that they leave very little to chance – at least in ensemble passages.”
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.
Rave reviews for tomorrow’s show in the Chicagoist
The music schedule for this festival is off the fucking chart. Smoking Popes and Sones de Mexico headline tonight, with Andreas Kapsalis and Goran Ivanovic opening. Tomorrow sees local Afropop stars Occidental Brothers Dance Band International and Angel Melendez & His 911 Mambo Orchestra bring the grooves…
While the guys are busy writing and recording the new cd, we’re happy to announce a Chicago gig on June 18th headlining the second stage at the Taste Of Randolph! Hope to see you there, and check back soon!
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…
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
The OBDBI just finished a series fo 23 concerts in the Evanston, IL school district. We reached over 7,000 students, and the pool of musicians included Nathaniel Braddock, Makaya McCraven, Marcus Evans, Joshua Ramos, Steve Doyle, and Jeffrey Greene.