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Chicago Afrobeat Project / Press

“when CAbP launched into "Global Warming," we found ourselves shocked. What started out as a slower jazz piece changed to a raucous dance piece over two beats of silence. The change came so quickly, and was so powerful, a whispered "Oh shit" escaped from our lips.”


“Their unique array of musicians and dancers traces roots down to Nigerian Afrobeat firebrand Fela Kuti, Afro-French funk cyclone Max B. and the Nubian joy supreme of Ali Hassan Kuban with relentlessly quantum and upbeat rhythms woven into a vast quilt of jazz-funk-folk history.”

David Cotner - LA Weekly

““…Afrobeat, political music first inspired by the Nigerian Fela Kuti, whose sax flirted with Coltrane while his band hustled like James Brown’s; check out Brooklyn’s Antibalas orchestra or Chicago Afrobeat Project.””

Scott Frampton - Esquire Magazine

““…The band cooks hard, slotting economical solos into its taut ensemble grooves.” “[The album] displayed plenty of chops and energy…””

Peter Margasak - Chicago Reader

““The group’s songs are musical snowballs, opening as minimalist skeletons – a buoyant bass line or a lone, repeated guitar chord – before picking up keyboards, horns and various percussive elements. Gathering momentum, the songs thunder to a hip-shaking climax.””

Andy Downing - Chicago Tribune