Chicago Afrobeat Project: Live in Athens
By Chicago Afrobeat Project
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Live music from Chicago Afrobeat Project in Athens, GA.
||** Chicago Afrobeat Project ** Part 2 - 4-4-07||Set 2 - Live @ GA Theatre 4-4-07||4 4 2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||** Chicago Afrobeat Project ** Part 1 - 4-4-07||Set 1 - Live @ GA Theatre 4-4-07||3 4 2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||** Chicago Afrobeat Project ** Part 1 - 1-24-07||Set 1 - Live @ GA Theatre 1-24-07||23 1 2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||** Chicago Afrobeat Project ** Part 2 - 1-24-07||Chicago Afrobeat Project Chicago Afrobeat Project (CAbP) is a dynamic musical collective rooted in '70s funk and jazz-infused afrobeat. CAbP mixes traditional afrobeat with other dance-invoking musical motifs such as Chicago's electronic house music, complex West African percussion rhythms and upbeat funk. At each performance, this combination of the polyrhythmic grooves and sharp horn lines stir up energetic momentum, sweeping listeners directly to the dance floor time and time again. The group began in late 2002 in a third-story loft on Lake Street in downtown Chicago. What began as a simple sound experiment turned into sifting through unique and colorful musicians literally from around the world. One by one, at a series of loft rehearsals in downtown Chicago, like-minded musicians joined the project, until members of the current band felt an undeniable chemistry. Today, the ever-morphing 7- to 11-piece CAbP consists of a full percussion section, a full horn section, keys, guitar, bass and African dancers (at select shows) -- and is still growing. The band's live set consists of originals as well as carefully chosen classic and obscure afrobeat covers -- each embedded with the unique CAbP footprint. In CAbP, each member is a leader, an ensemble player, a percussionist and a soloist. During extended songs, a member of CAbP steps to the forefront to speak his or her musical mind, and then slowly recesses back to the groove. Following this musical burst, another musician will rise and return. And then another. From performance to performance, these musical conversations vary the texture of each song, though one constant remains: The rhythm section pumps an addicting pulse. Evident in the band's personnel and appeal, the musical diversity of CAbP puts the group at home in any type of setting. The music is as easily accessible as it is hypnotic, regardless of a listener's taste. The music was pioneered by Nigeria's charismatic political activist, Fela Kuti. Upon his death in 1997, Fela left behind an unheralded legacy of music that spanned four decades and produced 70+ albums. Today, Chicago Afrobeat Project is a project in the truest sense of the word. It evolves, but the mission goes unchanged: To push experimental afrobeat to listeners across the globe.||23 1 2007||Free||View In iTunes|