Free, Funk, World Music | Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 | 7:00 PM | $Free
“A sensation—the dozen-plus member outfit cooks up a scintillating stew of Afrofunk, rumba, salsa, ska and funk. There’s no other band in the area with as funky and wide-reaching a sound.” ~ The Washington Post
Chopteeth is a 12-piece Afrofunk orchestra exploring the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakin’ West African and American popular music on the planet.
The core of the Chopteeth sound is Afrobeat: a big-band funk invented by Fela Kuti in 1970’s Nigeria. Afrobeat is a spicy stew of modern jazz, Yoruba tribal music and burning, James Brown-inspired rhythms.
Chopteeth (or, affectionately, “The Crazy Fools of Afrobeat”) called for rhythmic regime change on the band’s award-winnnig 2008 debut CD, with its dynamic original songs. In 2010, the band’s live CD unleashed the power of Africa’s Golden Age, featuring choice selections from Ghana, Senegal, Congo, Guinea, and Nigeria. Since 2007, the members of the Washington Area Music Association have selected Chopteeth for a total of twelve Wammie Awards, including Artist of the Year, Debut CD of the Year, World Music CD (twice) and World Music Group (six times).
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