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Chicago Afrobeat Project
     

Chicago Afrobeat Project

by Chicago Afrobeat Project
 
As a general rule, it's always a good idea to avoid bands that include the word "Project" in their name. (That goes double if the other words in the name are "Alan Parsons.") Calling your band a "project" implies a certain clinical bloodlessness, a form of studious inquiry that's antithetical to good old-fashioned rocking. (Again, see

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As a general rule, it's always a good idea to avoid bands that include the word "Project" in their name. (That goes double if the other words in the name are "Alan Parsons.") Calling your band a "project" implies a certain clinical bloodlessness, a form of studious inquiry that's antithetical to good old-fashioned rocking. (Again, see also: Alan Parsons Project.) But the first rule of rule-making is that there are always exceptions, and the Chicago Afrobeat Project is one glorious exception. A multi-racial collective that expands and contracts between half a dozen members and three times that many, the Chicago Afrobeat Project takes the 1970s sound of Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, and Thomas Mapfumo as their philosophical starting point. Rather than aiming for an academic re-creation of vintage Afrobeat (or worse, mainstream dance pop that's "influenced" by Afrobeat), however, the group incorporates modern jazz, Tortoise-style post-rock, big band Latin funk, and other influences into the core Afrobeat style. As a famously polyglot style to begin with -- Fela and King Sunny Ade themselves claimed influences ranging from James Brown to Hank Williams -- Afrobeat can expand to hold all these and more, but the rippling highlife guitar and call-and-response vocals of a song like "Jekajo" remain incontrovertibly the real thing. These seven gloriously danceable tracks, powered by honking sax sections, funky electric piano solos, and hypnotic percussion grooves, may not be as swaggeringly powerful as Fela Kuti, as beneficent as King Sunny Ade, or as righteously defiant as Thomas Mapfumo at their respective peaks, but they're highly recommended both for fans and newcomers to the style alike.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2007
Label:
Cabp Music
UPC:
0783707210407
catalogNumber:
2104
Rank:
124119

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Performance Credits

Chicago Afrobeat Project   Primary Artist
Fareed Haque   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Morikeba Kouyate   Vocals,Kora,Guest Appearance
Kevin Ford   Percussion
Jon Toth   Track Performer
Marshall Greenhouse   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
A.J. Gomez   Track Performer
Sekou Conde   Track Performer
Joe Maloney   Bass,Group Member
Chris Denman   Track Performer
Poetree Chicago   Guest Appearance
Bryan Ford   Track Performer
Angelo Garcia   Vocals
Garrick Smith   Baritone Saxophone
David Glines   Percussion
Mark Thomson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Chicago Afrobeat Project   Composer
Poetree Chicago   Contributor

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