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Sounds Like: Led Zeppelin Official, Fela Kuti, Mulatu Astatke, Tinariwen, Femi Kuti
Label: Livin Live Records
Manager: Chris Gangi
Bio: AfroZep is a collective of Chicago musicians that assemble a few times a year to tour- performing a set of all Led Zeppelin tunes but re-done in the style of Afrobeat and Afropop. Some tunes are straight mash-ups of Fela Kuti and Zeppelin; others are Zep tunes but set to original grooves based of...See Full Bio
“One is the founder of Afrobeat, the other are gods of heavy metal. It's difficult to imagine Fela Kuti and Led Zeppelin breaking bread together, but Marshall Greenhouse – founding member of Chicago's Afro-Zep – likes to think it's possible. "I would say I've never heard of [this blend of music]," he said, stopping for a considerate moment, "but don't you think there has got to have been a festival or something?" Introducing the late Fela Kuti to American fans has been the underlying goal of Greenhouse's musical pursuits for the better part of a decade. As a member of Chicago Afrobeat Project, the influence of the Nigerian multi-instrumentalist and activist was more clear cut. Fans that come to see Afro-Zep are mostly Led Zeppelin fans. "A lot of people actually come up to us after shows and are like, 'Wow, that was really original... how'd you come up with that?' I just tell them, 'Yeah, we pretty much ripped that off of Fela.'"”