Formed in year 2003, Odu Afro-beat Orchestra is an ensemble exploring the legacy of Afro-beat while bringing listeners to the dance floor. Its lineup sees jazz players alongside vets of such rock-oriented local groups as His Name is Alive and Human Eye. Led by saxophonist-vocalist Adeboye Adegbenro who had experienced Afrobeat first hand by sitting in with Fela and The Egypt 80 band on numerous occassions, throughout the 80's. The 12-piece group includes drummer Manny Anifowose, bassist Joel Peterson, guitarists Danny Velic and Nick schillace, conga players Akunda Brian Hollis and Bill Hafer, saxophonists Michael Carey and Marco Novachcoff, trumpeter Sam Beaubien, vocalists Jennie Knaggs and Funke Adegoke-Omigbaro. The lineup mixes freely across age, race and musical background. Odu Afro-beat Orchestra based in Detroit Michigan - are sprawling musical collectives that draw members from a multiple of ethnic backgrounds and musical genres. Jazz, funk and soul musicians, certainly. But also punk-rock rhythm sections and indie music devotees.
They've found something inviting in Afro-beat's enveloping rhythms, something more real than any of the increasingly slivered sub-genres of contemporary music, because Odu Afro-beat's singular aims — to make you move, think and sweat — aren't products of demographic research. And that makes the music even more rewarding to perform.