The People The Rain Forgot

February 17th, 2012

We’re pleased to have been able to help out documentary film maker Sophia Tewa.  Her film The People The Rain Forgot uses some of the music that the Occidentals recorded with Samba singing.  Her film documents the story of the most vulnerable victims of climate change in Africa, and just  took Best Documentary Film honors at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood.

Congratulations to Sophia!

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

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…?

First Shows With The New Lineup…

January 10th, 2010


The group is back from a weekend New York City!  We played shows for in Brooklyn at the Bell House, and at Le Poisson Rouge as part of the awesome Winter Jazz Fest.  We also took time to record a special in-studio set for our friend John Kertzer.  You can listen to the set online from the page of John’s show, The Best Ambiance.   Afropop Worldwide‘s Banning Eyre dropped by the studio to say hello and check the progress of the band–this weekend was the first time out with the new line-up, which also includes Antonio Carella on 2nd guitar.

Listen Now!  Link only up for one week!