Occidental Brothers Dance Band International infuses traditional Central and West African dance music with African folk music, jazz and underground rock, creating a lively fusion that’s uniquely their own. The Chicago-based group draws from an eclectic mix of African musical traditions, blending vibrant soukous, rootsy ‘Ghanian Highlife,’ buoyant rumba and more, celebrating the golden age of African guitar with their audiences. The band reunited in 2016 after bandleader Nathaniel Braddock returned from several years in Sydney, Australia. Now that they’re back together, Occidental Brothers Dance Band International is once again delivering electrifying performances to concertgoers across North America and Europe.
Occidental Brothers Dance Band International has played sold-out shows alongside acts like Afropop legend Oliver Mtukudzi and art-pop superstar Andrew Bird. They’ve energized festival stages across the world, including Chicago Jazz Fest, Nijmegen Music Meeting in the Netherlands and Moers Festival in Germany. Additionally, the group has performed on iconic stages across the country, such as Chicago’s Millennium Park, Lincoln Center in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and have earned critical acclaim from outlets such as NPR, Chicago Tribune and Pitchfork.
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