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Posted by papa ray 
papa ray
Chicago-Afrobeat-Project
January 21, 2006 07:29PM
Spent a well-enjoyable nite last eve checking these players, vibing the room big-time to some well well played afrobeat grooves. I came in curiosity, not expecting anything, but this 9-piece band laid it OUT. They packed the room too,
over 250 at least in the St Louis club off-Broadway. Highly recommended,
I actually enjoyed their set more than I did Femi's(!) @ SNWMF----and I happen to like Afrobeat. Wicked 4-man horn section, a guitarist that knew what to do(and
tastefully calibrated Santana-esque solos over the grooves, when he wasn't holding down those patterns for guitar so essential in this style), two percussionists & a hip restrained keyboardist----very impressive, must say.

While standing in the balcony tho, after looking at the jamband-hippies in abundance(bless their hearts), I said to my friend, 'If I tossed a hacky-sack
over the rail into this crowd, some kickin' sh** would break out on de dance-floor
fe true'.....
Re: Chicago-Afrobeat-Project
January 22, 2006 06:59AM
wow, I'll have to hunt them down here once they get back in town...

[chicagoafrobeatproject.com]
AJ
Re: Chicago-Afrobeat-Project
January 23, 2006 02:51PM
Yes it was a nice set of homegrown Afrobeat Friday night. Bring it on anytime here in St.Louis , we do not get enough African music here. Last time we had Afrobeat here was FELA back in 199? That was nice with Jimmy Cliff on the same bill.
papa ray
Re: Chicago-Afrobeat-Project
January 24, 2006 03:33AM
And Fela played the Westport Stage also AJ, before the set you mentioned.
Nice seeing that band(25) and the wives(8, I think) on a revolving stage.
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