Virunga Management is delighted to announce a new development in Samba Mapangala's long and prolific career as East Africa's most beloved singer. He has teamed up with a rising young band, Chicago’s Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, for a brilliant collaboration of live performances and studio recording. The new relationship has generated a creative synergy that adds a new spin to established repertoire favorites as well as inspiring new compositions that display all their strengths. A recent cover story in the alternative weekly Chicago Reader profiled the new partnership: http://www.chicagoreader.com
. Braddock is joined by jazz phenom Greg Ward on alto sax, Joshua Ramos on bass and Makaya McCraven on drums. After playing the Pitchfork Festival in 2008 and GlobalFest in January 2009, the OBDBI experienced a meteoric rise–graduating from Chicago street festivals to the stages of Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Montreal and Vancouver Jazz Festivals in the course of a year.
The first OBDBI/Mapangala collaboration was the internationally applauded tribute song “Obama Ubarikiwe” in celebration of the aspiring presidential candidate, and a favorite son of Chicagoans and Africans alike. Mapangala and the OBDBI began performing together in fall 2009, and have recently begun recording music for release in 2010.
Long-time fans of Samba's music with his revered Orchestre Virunga need not despair, however. The hugely popular Virunga formation will continue to perform, tour and record the scintillating dance music that only they can provide as opportunities arise. Look for a Virunga European and African tour in summer 2011, and a new album coming soon.
Samba appears with the Occidental Brothers this summer in North America as follows:
JUNE-JULY: NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
June 19: Snoqualmie Casino (Seattle WA) KEXP Welcomes World Music Festival KEXP.org
July 1: Chicago Taste of Chicago
July 9: Madison, WI La Fete de Marquette
July 10: Chicago Folk & Roots Festival
July 18: Ottawa, Canada Ottawa Bluesfest
July 22: NYC Le Poisson Rouge
July 23: Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall
July 24: Providence, Rhode Island Providence Sound Session
July 28: Pittsburgh, PA The Andy Warhol Museum
For up-to-date bookings go to: rryder.com
For more information: http://www.myspace.com/sambamapangala
Free download of "Les Gorilles des Montagnes" composed by Samba for the World Wildlife Fund: http://drop.io/GorillaSong