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August 27, 2012 by joesonotheque

Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar & Strut Records presents

AFRIKA FREAK OUT! – With special listening party for the latest

Souljazz Orchestra release “Solidarity”

Hosted by DJ King Scratch (aka Joe Bryl)

Friday, September 21 – 8PM – Free, No Cover

960 W. 31st Street, Chicago, Il. 60608 – 773.890.0588 –


The newly minted African-themed residency on Friday, September 21 at

Maria’s Packaged Goods (960 W. 31st) is proud to announce the addition

of a Strut Records CD listening party for Souljazz Orchestra’s

SOLIDARITY, the highly anticipated follow-up of their previous “Rising

Son” release. Part of the current thundering revival of Afro-beat

worldwide (e.g. Antibalas, the Chicago AfroBeat Project, Nomo, Kokolo)

the Souljazz Orchestra have richly added to the diversity of this

re-interpretation with passion and great musical chops. The band has

been refining its sound on the road, and it shows on Solidarity which

boasts a muscular, plugged-in sound that positively commands dancing.

The album showcases a diverse set of influences, buoyed by the many

featured vocalists, all of whom are connected to the group through the

Canadian music scene, yet hail from a variety of backgrounds, from

Senegal to Brazil to Jamaica and beyond. Recorded on vintage gear, the

music packs a punch which is often lacking on contemporary recordings.

Solidarity comes out September 18th, but we’ll make sure to share some

new music before that. The band will be touring internationally around

the release, so look for them soon near you!


To celebrate this release and the continuing influential

cross-pollination of African music, Maria’s Packaged Goods &

Community Bar is beginning a new residency titled AFRIKA FREAK OUT! on

Friday September 21 (and every following 3rd Friday of the month).

Hosted by crate diggin’ musicologist DJ King Scratch (aka Joe Bryl)

AFRIKA FREAK OUT! will tie together the wide ranging connections of

African rhythms with those from artists like Ginger Baker, James

Brown, Roy Ayers, Mongo Santamaria, Chambers Brothers, Osibisa and

War. AFRIKA FREAK OUT! will meld and merge the music coming out of the

ghettos of Soweto with the techno electronics of Detroit as well as

featuring the Haitian dynamite of Les Difficiles de Petion-Ville with

the Paris-based Senegalese style of Africando. It is our hope to show

that this musical dialogue that emerged from trade routes even before

the earliest recordings in the 20th century still continues nowadays

with access never imagined before and more immediate effects. The

title AFRIKA FREAK OUT! has been chosen to pay homage to the

groundbreaking spiritual jazz release (that includes the track “Afrika

Freak Out) by Barney Wilen titled “Moshi” (Saravah 1972) that fused

avant-garde jazz sensibilities and American blues with traditional

African rhythms.


There is no cover for AFRIKA FREAK OUT! The CD listening party begins

pounding at 8PM, followed by DJ Joe Bryl spreading the African gospel

until 2AM.


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