afrobeat POSTS


Opposite People @ Martyrs

May 27th, 2014

Gettin Down with Mark Ford at the Transatlantic Throwdown May 22 at Martyrs


best wurst ever

September 16th, 2013

On Friday, September 20, at Noon 2:00 PM, The OP will take over Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago with 11 pieces of W. African Funk.

The scene: WurstFest, A Culinary Event to support the Chicago Music Summit

Local Food, Local Brews, Local Music!

We’re joined by special guests Mark Ford on vocals and Mamadou Mbengue on Talking Drum!

[ UPDATE: ] The time of the show has been changed to 2:00 PM.

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Roll on Friday

June 17th, 2013

On Friday, June 21, the Opposition Party and Kongfuzi descend on Lincoln Square Lanes to put their new live music stage through its paces.  Hopefully the bowlers will still be able to hear the clatter of pins with our 11 pieces filling the joint with joyful afrobeat sounds.  We welcome vocalist Mark Ford for this show as well!

10 pm.  No cover!

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winter thanks

February 10th, 2013

Here are a couple of live tracks from last fall to keep the appetite whet until the spring:

Colonial Mentality from Chicago SummerDance
with Mark Ford and Typhanie Monique

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Nimble Foot Ska from Northcenter Fest

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Thawing Out and Warming Up

March 1st, 2012

The OP is back this spring, with some new tunes, new shows, and new instruments – in the way that a vocalist refers to his or her voice as an instrument. And well they should, as we’re lucky to be joined at our next gig by Mark Ford and Typhanie Monique on vocals. They’ll be joining us, along with Avo Randruut and his DePaul African Ensemble on Friday, March 3 at the beautiful DePaul Concert Hall.

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Distant Planets, Dark Room

October 22nd, 2011

No, it’s not a planetarium (though that would be a fun show). It’s a night of afrotronica brought to you by Soulphonetics, Windimoto, and The Opposition Party:


Euforic Martyrs Date

August 28th, 2010

The OP is psyched to be opening up for Colorado’s afro-reggae sextet, Euforquestra (euphoric orchestra) on September 14. Head over to their site to download their latest album. We think it sounds great, and we’re looking forward to a night of afrobeat and reggae, horns and percussion, and good vibes.

See our shows page for more info.


Demo Drops!

May 11th, 2010

Ten musicians.  Dozens of mics.  A gallery loft.  Hours of mixing.  Hours more of design.

The result: The Opposition Party – Live At Primitive, our first demo, recorded, produced, mixed, and designed by The OP us-selves.

Check out the result at the music page.