Friday, August 24, 2018
Join us at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park for a free concert featuring Chicago Afrobeat Project, part of Water Colors presented by CIBC, a live jazz music series co-curated with the Jazz Institute of Chicago.
Chicago Afrobeat Project performs a homage to the Lagos music scene that developed the afrobeat sound in the 1970s when African musicians began combining elements of West African musical styles such as jùjú music and highlife with American funk and jazz influences, with a focus on chanted vocals, complex intersecting rhythms, and percussion. The term afrobeat was coined by Nigerian multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Fela Kuti, who is responsible for pioneering and popularizing the style both within and outside Nigeria.
The Chicago Afrobeat Project (CAbP) began 15 years ago. In 2002, a group of musicians sharing a common interest in West African rhythms that could be combined with Chicago house, indie rock, hip-hop, or jazz to form new avenues for musical experimentation. Today, CAbP has performed hundreds of tour dates, and released four studio recordings, placing them at the center of the emergence of the North American afrobeat scene. The collective’s latest release, “What Goes Up” features special guest and legendary innovative drummer Tony Allen, as well as many Chicago vocalists. Drummer Brian Eno plays kit on all 10 tracks, recording his signature beats behind the band and vocalists. This collaboration makes Chicago Afrobeat Project the first American afrobeat band to produce a full-length studio record with Tony Allen.
Water Colors presented by CIBC highlights some of the top local jazz talent today, featuring young aspiring jazz artists to established performers, the series showcases a variety of jazz musical styles.
Artist travel made possible through the generous support of American Airlines.
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