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April 8, 2013 by joesonotheque



Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar presents


Hosted by DJ King Scratch (aka Joe Bryl) with special guest Kevin Ford (Chicago Afrobeat Project)

Friday, April 19 – 8PM-2AM – Free, No Cover

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


The African-themed residency, AFRIKA FREAK OUT! on Friday, April 19 at Maria’s Packaged Goods (960 W. 31st) is proud to announce that Kevin Ford, of Chicago Afrobeat Project, will join resident DJ King Scratch for this month’s event at the turntables. Chicago Afrobeat Project has risen among afrobeat groups after emerging as one of the first nationally touring American bands to take the sound to the masses. Over the years the band has mastered a sound that successfully weaves the uniqueness of the Chicago music scene with a distinct western-influenced Nigerian style of music. In 2012, the group recently performed on stage with Seun Kuti (son of the late Fela Kuti), featured Sahr (the original actor portraying Fela in the Broadway musical) and members of the Brooklyn afrobeat Antibalas. and in the past with artists such as Bill Kreutzman of the Grateful Dead, Jeff Parker of Tortoise, Steve Kimmock, Paul Wertico, Howard Levy, and many others.


The band has recently released the CD “Nyash Up!” their fourth official album and their 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.


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 both DJ King Scratch and Kevin Ford laying down an explosion of African rhythms, from the past and to the present.


For an Chicago Reader interview of Femi Kuti by Kevin Ford link onto:



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