WEEKLY FUNK INVOCATION
Afrobeat, Brazilian, Dub, Reggae, Cumbia,
Samba Disco, Batucada, Afro-Latin House,
Indian Beats, Makossa & other deep-rooted
Funk music from around the world
Thursday, June 21, 2012
AFRO FUNKE' LIVE PRESENTS
CHICAGO AFROBEAT PROJECT
In the 10 years since their birth from the underground Chicago loft party scene,
Chicago Afrobeat Project has performed coast to coast at clubs and festivals all over
the United States.2012 marks the release of "Nyash Up!" the band's fourth official
album project and its best sounding, best produced release so far. Over the years the
group has defined and redefined their signature version of afrobeat. Their latest
work is reaching into new territories incorporating elements of hip-hop, orchestra-like
musical arrangement, and exciting stylistic exploration touching on rock, jazz and
funk. The 8-piece group is established as one of the top bands in the afrobeat world.
Afrobeat has succeeded in establishing itself as a wide reaching genre with groups all
over the world performing their take on the music first pioneered by Fela Kuti. The
success of the Broadway musical, Fela! (and its recent take to the road) has made
afrobeat a widely-known sound. Elements of the music are pushing their way further
into more diverse and mainstream outlets with a widening array of successful artists
(including pop and major label groups) drawing influence from it.
Chicago Afrobeat Project has risen among afrobeat groups after emerging as one of
the first nationally touring American bands to take the sound to the masses. Over
the years the band has mastered a sound that successfully weaves the uniqueness
of the Chicago music scene with a distinct western-influenced Nigerian style of music.
In 2012, the group recently performed on stage with Seun Kuti (son of the late Fela Kuti),
featured Sahr (the original actor portraying Fela in the Broadway musical) and
members of the Brooklyn afrobeat Antibalas. and in the past with artists such
as Bill Kreutzman of the Grateful Dead, Jeff Parker of Tortoise, Steve Kimmock,
Paul Wertico, Howard Levy, and many others.
Chicago Afrobeat Project takes this immense momentum wherever they travel.
The band's reputation as delivering a stellar live performance translates to group's
new "Nyash Up!" album as well, with critics already clamoring that it's the groups
best studio record to date.
listening party 9-10pm w/ giveaways:
"TALL BLACK GUY PRESENTS…TEMPO DREAMS VOL. 1"
From humble origins in Detroit, raised on a healthy diet of Motown, Jazz, and Early Hip-Hop – Terrel
Wallace (aka Tall Black Guy) has been steadily building a massive online following through a steady
stream of productions filled with incredibly clever sample flips and deft production chops - being
championed by the likes of Gilles Peterson (who included him on the latest Brownswood Bubblers album),
Lefto, Anthony Valadez, and countless others - as well as recently being named the winner of the
Robert Glasper Remix competition.
After making a connection and releasing a series of sold-out Tall Black Guy 7-inches through their
BSTRD Boots sublabel, Brooklyn's Bastard Jazz Recordings set their sights on a proper full-length release
with Tall Black Guy. It became evident that Terrel was not only an incredible producer and collector of
sounds past – but was also a connoisseur of a whole new generation of beatmakers. This group of
international producers remain mostly unknown to a larger audience, and continue to bubble and simmer
just under the surface. With a gentle nod towards the groundbreaking Headz compilations on Mo' Wax
thatinspired the label's beginnings 10 years ago, Bastard Jazz founder DJ DRM asked TBG to compile an album
with 11 of his favorite joints from this tidepool of contemporaries. Countless nights of rapid ear movements
later, and with an added touch from the tall one himself, the set is primed for release as:
Tempo Dreams Vol. 1
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Thursday June 21 , 2012
AFRO FUNKE LIVE PRESENTS
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