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by Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band

A dozen-plus musicians worth of original Afrobeat, Highlife and vintage West Afican funk: guaranteed to cure what ails you.
Genre: World: Afro-Beat
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1. Struggle
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2. Weigh Your Blessings
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3. Upendo
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4. Snake Eyes
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5. Dog Days
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6. Wili Nineh
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7. Herky Jerk
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8. Eyi Su Ngaangaa
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9. Fogo Fogo
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10. No Condition Is Permanent
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Album Notes
“Afrofunk with lunatic energy”
—National Public Radio (1/11/09)

"Chopteeth's debut CD takes the band from upbeat Swahili lyrics over a South African pulse one second ('Upendo'), to spaghetti Western-inspired instrumentals the next ('Herky Jerk'). True to the political essence at the heart of Fela's music."
—Billboard (12/29/08)

“A hip-shaking debut album that truly has a jazz without
borders frame of mind.”
—Montreal Gazette (12/19/08)

A sensation--the dozen-plus member outfit cooks up a scintillating stew of Afrofunk, rumba, salsa, ska and funk.”
—The Washington Post (9/17/08)

“Wonderfully fresh. With absolutely no reservations, this is an outright success”
— (1/12/09)

“Raging guitars, and rich, swaggering horns. Propulsive.”
—The Boston Globe (12/29/08)

“Infectious jazz grooves with a high degree of funkability.”
—Inside World Music (12/17/08)

“They cook. They dance. The organs are fat. The horn
section is beastly. Their LP is called Afrofunk Big Band.
It’s great.”
—Washington City Paper (12/17/08)

Chopteeth is Washington, DC's award winning 14-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 Washington Post calls Chopteeth “a storming powerhouse of big band African funk…smart, tight and relentlessly driving,” and their 2008 debut CD more than fulfills that billing.

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 seven original songs, plus two Ghanaian classics with a Chopteeth spin, along with a Fela cover 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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jim shepherd

serious talent
This is not a garage full of college students showing off all three cords in their repertoire. Chopteeth is an assembly of seriously talented musicians putting on the funk! The CD folds creative and dynamic individual grooves into layer upon layer of big funky sound. Superb!

Music fan

just bought this on the recommendation of a friend. Incredible...I can only imagine what Chopteeth sounds like live. Congratulations Chopteeth -- you rock!

Marc Bruner

Some awesome funkiness
This is a fabulous, funky album - a diverse set of excellent tunes that blends into a cohesive disk that I can\'t wait to listen to again and again. Makes you dance and think at the same time. This band is for real - check it out!

Bailey Jones

Chopteeth is for real
I\'ve seen a live show via the internet, and now I\'ve heard the CD, so it\'s time for Step Three: time for Chopteeth to hit the road and tour the country!! Why should the DC area have all of the fun? Until then, though, the CD will have to do... and as good as this CD is, that won\'t be a problem!!

Robin K Dhillon

can't listen with the car moving, it's too good and gets me movin'

Calandria Somuah

I have had the chance to see them perform in Takoma Park and attend the CD release party at the Black Cat. The performance was superb and I have to say they are a great band following in the tradition of Fela Kuti.

Ron Benjamin

The CD accurately captures the superb excitement of a Chopteeth concert, with one minor exception: the driving bass that forces everybody within two blocks of the stage to get up and dance is subdued by comparison. Enjoy the CD, definitely ... and then check 'em out live!


Complex, full, and tight
I saw these guys live in Baltimore: it was the best live show I\'d seen in many years. The CD is no disappointment. Play it at high volume!


I just got my copy in the mail today from CD Baby and it made my day. A tremendous addition to my collection of African and Afrobeat music. It\'s a delight to listen to and it\'s got a fantastic message. Chopteeth rocks indeed!

Dan Nathan

These guys are fabulous. The album captures the great rhythms, strong horns and revolutionary songs. Check 'em out!
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