Odu Afrobeat Orchestra flyer

Excellent Detroit-based afrobeat funk band ODU AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA will be playing live at the new Kola African Lounge on Saturday, March 21st, 2015!

Led by Nigerian-born Adeboye Adegbenro, ODU has 13 members in the band, playing a very unique Detroit funk sound and this show is definitely worth the trip. They are one of the hidden jewels of Detroit’s underground music scene.

Adeboye Adegbenro (on right)

Adeboye (aka: Boye) is an interesting character himself. He grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, played with the famed afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti then came to the United States and animated several Walt Disney movies (ie: Pocohontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, etc.). He now teaches as an adjunct professor at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit.

He is also a hard-core IFA practicioner. IFA is an African system of divination. IFA originated among the Yoruba in Nigeria and the band’s name ODU is a tribute to IFA. There are 256 ODU (ie: ancient situations) that double as mystical patterns of energy.

An IFA diviner (Babalawo) throws 16 palm nuts, kola nuts or cowrie shells on a circular divination tray. How these items land, creates a pattern. The Babalawo starts receiving information when The Sign of the Odu appears.

Odu Afrobeat Orchestra flyer


When:          Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Where:         Kola African Lounge (32523 Northwestern Hwy, Farmington)

Time:           9:30pm-Midnight

Cost:             $10.00

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Listen to ODU!

Bio on Adeboye Adegbenro


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