“Highlighted Releases – Week of 9/8/2017: ‘What Goes Up'” from KFAI Minneapolis – St. Paul

This review appeared on the WFAI website.

It’s not just the twin cities that have been ripe with afropop revitalization the last few years. The band teamed up with Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen and a whole mess of Chicago emcees before tossing together this gem. From Nigerian phrasing (Igbo) to gospel, the vocals cover almost as many ranges as the music. As if this wasn’t enough, the cover art is also stellar. Get your feet moving.

“Chicago Afrobeat Project drops their video for “No Bad News” featuring Legit, Tony Allen & Kiara Lanier” from Fake Shore Drive

This write-up by Andrew Barber originally appeared on Fake Shore Drive.

This is dope and refreshing. Something fresh from the Chicago Afrobeat Project, featuring assistance from Legit storied drummer Tony Allen and songstress Kiara Lanier. The clip is well-played and focuses on choosing that positive energy instead of embracing the negative. I think it’s something we could all get behind.

Mention in The New York Times Playlist: “The Playlist: Sam Smith Guards His Heart, and 12 More New Songs”

This article by Giovanni Russonello originally appeared in The New York Times.

Tony Allen puts a lot of respect into each drum stroke. He’s not a quick or flashy player; with him, your ear zooms out slowly: The full structure of a beat comes into view only after you’ve appreciated its components. Mr. Allen, who was the de facto musical director of Fela Kuti’s band, now lives in Paris, but lately he’s been working in the United States more than usual. So let’s zoom in.

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