Chicago Afrobeat Project / Family Groove Company
Chicago Afrobeat Project performs its take on the genre created by the late Fela Kuti. For the uninitiated: Afro-beat music originated in the early '60s after the leader of Koola Lobitos, a popular Nigerian band, traveled to the United States and was introduced to the funky sounds of James Brown and the radical leadership of Malcolm X. The style uniquely mixes the traditions of both Nigeria and the United States. CAbP adds a little Chicago flavor to the mix as each band member brings in their own influences.Chicago quartet Family Groove Company integrates the groove sensibility developed by funk/jazz crossover artists like Herbie Hancock and Medeski, Martin, and Wood with tight songwriting that takes cues from the likes of Steely Dan and The Beatles.