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Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band - 11/30/2019 (Limited Seating)Saturday, November 30 2019 7:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Start
Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band - 11/30/2019 (Limited Seating)
at City Winery The Wine Garden at City Winery
“In a city with a celebrated funk scene and distinct go-go tradition,
Chopteeth’s brand of Afrofunk is the pulse of the city" —Planet Magazine
“Chopteeth crafts its own unique brand of songs that gleefully draw on everything from salsa to Soukous to Balkan-style time signatures, from upbeat Swahili lyrics over a South African pulse one second, to spaghetti Western inspired instrumentals the next. True to the political essence at the heart of Fela’s music.” —All About Jazz
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’s sets feature original compositions along with updates of African dance classics, all while remaining true to the spirit of the music and its message. Band members step to the mic to serve up lyrics in a total of seven different languages.
$22 In Advance $25 Day of Show
Chopteeth, the "Crazy Fools of Afrobeat", called for rhythmic regime change on the band's award-winnnig 2008 debut CD, with its dynamic original songs. And 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 thirteen Wammie Awards, including Artist of the Year, Debut CD of the Year, World Music CD (twice) and World Music Group (for the last nine years in a row).
The Band has performed on shows with a wide range of critically acclaimed world music, soul and jazz-funk groups, including Parliament Funkadelic, Trombone Shorty, Galactic, Aaron Neville, Cyril Neville, Derek Trucks Band, Ozomatli, Grupo Fantasma, Konono No. 1, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Gov't Mule, Soulive, Greyboy Allstars, The Iguanas, War, Chuck Brown and many more.
Over the last ten years, Chopteeth has performed all over the country, from the cast party for HBO's "The Wire," to the Congo Square World Music Festival in New Orleans, to colleges and festivals in many different states. The band can be seen regularly at top venues in Washington, DC, Baltimore and Virginia as well as at major East Coast Festivals.