When: Fri., March 30, 10 p.m. 2012
Chicago Afrobeat Project is playing a live concert at The Mousetrap. As the world's cultural and political climate evolves, so does its music. Rooted in the turbulence of social change, afrobeat coalesced decades ago from a fiery political landscape of Nigeria in the '60s and '70s. Now, with the polarized state of the world since the turn of the millennium, afrobeat again grips the world -- this time, the American musical climate. Chicago Afrobeat Project, emerging in 2002 from an industrial, urban Chicago art community, has established itself as leaders in the non-traditionalist side of the afrobeat movement. The 7-14 person ensemble energizes the classic afrobeat influences of juju, highlife, American funk, and afro-Cuban music with a formative infusion of experimental jazz and rock elements that thrive in the Chicago music scene. Inherent in the group's sound is an expression of world cultural unity and social awareness within a medium of music, dance and rebellious celebration. Afrobeat's range of influences sit in a restless state of hypnotic, dance-compelling energy at times juxtaposed against a left-leaning poignant political message. The CAbP formula injects unique songwriting and solo experimentation to push the group's sound forward both at their live performances and on studio recordings. The individual players, coming from diverse backgrounds, each hold their own as soloists to add uniquely musically informed characteristics to the performances. Melodic and hard-hitting horn lines create a lyrical flow delivered by a cutting, driven rhythm section dynamic.