Chopteeth - Chopteeth

"Chopteeth is Washington, DC's award winning 12-piece Afrofunk orchestra. The group explores the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakin’ West African and American popular music on the planet. The band has been described by The Washington Post as “a storming powerhouse of big band African funk…smart, tight and relentlessly driving,” and their 2008 debut CD “Chopteeth” more than fulfills that billing. Onstage, Chopteeth is a swirl of energetic melodies and call-and-response choruses, driven by interlocking drums and percussion, and punctuated by a dynamic five-piece horn section. Funky organ and melodic guitars complete Chopteeth’s infectious sound, with band members stepping to the mic to serve up lyrics in a total of seven different languages. 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. But the band also mixes in classic Ghanaian dance tunes, Senegalese rumba, Kenyan classics and Jamaican ska and stirs it all thoroughly to create a massive groove. Chopteeth updates these African classics while remaining true to the spirit of the music and its message. The debut recording includes 7 original songs, plus 2 Ghanaian classics with a Chopteeth spin, along with a Fela gem. There are guest performances by Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Mali’s Cheick Hamala Diabate (a 2007 Grammy nominee), and Head-Roc (the “Mayor of DC Hip-Hop!”). “Chopteeth” makes a powerful statement while also getting people on their feet and dancing."
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