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February 28, 2013 by joesonotheque



Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar presents


Hosted by DJ King Scratch (aka Joe Bryl)

Friday, March 15 – 8PM-2AM – Free, No Cover

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


The monthly African-themed residency, AFRIKA FREAK OUT! on Friday, March 15 at Maria’s Packaged Goods (960 W. 31st) is proud to announce the addition of the CHICAGO AFROBEAT PROJECT ‘NYASH UP” CD RELEASE LISTENING PARTY. As the band’s fourth fourth studio release and  first in four years, Nyash UP! finds Chicago Afrobeat Project taking a unique approach to the genre. Each song on the track is either a mash-up or an openly reinterpreted cover with Radiohead and Fugazi mashed with Fela Kuti, while songs from Talking Heads, Ceu, System of a Down, Led Zeppelin, 808 State, Marvin Gaye, and the Vandermark 5 are completely rebuilt by the band from the ground up. The CAP has been spreading the gospel on music from the motherland and on January 20, 2013 received a Chicago Music Award for “Best African Entertainer.”


AFRIKA FREAK OUT! mission is to meld and merge the music coming out of the ghettos of Soweto with the tribal electronic re-workings of global mixmasters as well as featuring the Haitian dynamite of bands like 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 party begins pounding at 8PM with the CD listening party, followed by DJ King Scratch laying down an explosion of African rhythms, from the past and to the present.nyashup-full


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