OBaH turned a family legacy into a profession, becoming a rising industry music producer and highly sought after NYC DJ. OBaH stands for Oldskool Beats and Harmonies for a very good reason: he’s the son of veteran NYC DJ/Musician/Professor and activist, Baba Chico. Growing up, OBaH had the world’s best funk, jazz & soul records at his fingertips. Armed with his father’s epic library of music, OBaH quickly made his mark on the NYC club scene, becoming the resident DJ at several nightclubs in his native Brooklyn.
Quickly gaining respect and a solid fan base, his first big break came courtesy of world-renowned DJ, Rich Medina, who invited OBaH to spin at his weekly party at the legendary (now defunct) APT nightclub in the Meatpacking district of NYC. Since then, OBaH has spun in well over 75 venues in NYC, across the U.S. and abroad, has DJ’d private parties for Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, JAY-Z, Donna Karan and many other A-list celebrities. His talents have also been commissioned by brands including Louis Vuitton, Vogue magazine, Diesel clothing, Puma. Cultural institutions like the Brooklyn Museum, The Kennedy Center, L.A.’s Grammy Museum, Tribeca Film Festival, Fall for Dance festival, as well as live performances by hip hop legends KRS-ONE, and Brand Nubian, among a long and deep list of international bands and acclaimed DJ’s. In 2010 and 2011 OBaH represented NY as the resident DJ for the “New York Stage” of Czech Republic’s largest music festival “Colours of Ostrava”, where he provided opening, closing and after party sets for a host of International artists, including Roy Ayers, Tortured Soul, Don Blackman, Electric Wire Hustle, to name but a few.
While OBaH continues to spin on a weekly basis in NYC, he is also fast at work producing remixes as well as original compositions for television and film. Several of his tracks have been featured on networks including MTV, Bravo, HBO, NBC and A&E. NYC based production company Interloc Films has enlisted OBaH to work as music supervisor for their first film, Wilde’Beast. His remix for ESL recording artist Ocote Soul Sounds landed him a full page feature article in DJ Times magazine (march 2010). He has also recorded an exclusive mix for Time Out NY’s “homespun sessions” which highlights premier DJ’s from across the globe. In 2008, Dubspot records released “Funk Aid for Africa” which was compiled, mixed and executive produced by OBaH. The compilation was highly acclaimed and a charitable success helping to raise money for NextAid. OBaH participated in a national coast to coast tour supporting the release. His debut EP “Cross Fade” was released in March 2014 and garnered overwhelmingly positive feedback from taste makers and press (Vibe.com, OkayFuture, DMConline). In October of 2014 OBaH made his theatrical off-Broadway debut starring in “A Sucker Emcee” at the famed Labyrinth Theater, performing (DJ) alongside the illustrious & acclaimed poet & actor Craig “Mums” Grant (HBO “Oz”). OBaH worked as associate music director and understudy to DJ, Rich Medina. In the summer of 2016, A Sucker Emcee was revived for a few highly publicized shows. One at Crotona Park in the Bronx, as part of NYC Parks Departments Summerstage series, presented by The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and a couple of shows in Washington D.C. at the famed Kennedy Center, presented by High Arts, formerly known as The Hip-Hop Theater Festival.