Excellent Detroit-based afrobeat funk band Odu Afrobeat Orchestra will be live.

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 (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.).

Fela Kuti and Boye Adegbenro (photo by Boye)

He is also an IFA practitioner. 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.

What:           Odu Afrobeat Orchestra

When:          Sunday, July 21, 2024

Where:         Cliff Bell’s (2030 Park Ave, Detroit, MI)

Time:           5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Cost:            $25.00

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Odu Afrobeat Orchestra (Detroit, Michigan)

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