Double Door Presents: City of Beats with Chicago Afrobeat Project, Ayodele, Genome, & Obisoulstar

Friday night, May 23— 

Kick off Memorial Day weekend at Double Door’s City of Beats musical showcase and bring dance moves worthy of avid Chicago music lovers.

 At City of Beats, four Chicago bands sworn to teasing the city’s craving for dance and music will intersect for a night of end-to-end music. All four bands—Chicago Afrobeat Project, AyodeleGenome, and Obisoulstar, — are tied by their world music and funk influences, all crafting beats specially made to make bodies move.

 If you love Chicago as much as you think you do, come experience the city in a totally new way— through the  movement of your body to sounds that capture the city’s funk and world music essence.

 Double Door is the creative space station where these bands will cook up the beats to make you move in unexpected ways.

It’s 6 hours of non-stop music, so expect to find your inner dancer-thon by the end of the night.  

  • Chicago Afrobeat Project
  • Ayodele
  • Genome
  • Obisoulstar

Doors: 8PM
First Band: 8:30 PM, music til close!

Tickets: $10 advance, $15, day of show, $10 students with valid ID
Ages: 21+Double Door
1572 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL

About Chicago Afrobeat


Chicago Afrobeat Project

As practitioners of a “non-traditional” interpretation of afrobeat for more than a decade, Chicago Afrobeat Project frequently reinvents itself within a genre first pioneered by Fela Kuti. The group’s latest release Nyash Up!” shows the group redefining their signature version of afrobeat by incorporating elements of hip-hop, orchestra-like musical arrangement, and stylistic explorations of rock, jazz and funk.

In 2014, the group ups the ante by collaborating with master afrobeat drummer  Tony Allen on a studio release slotted for late in the year. The two artists first collaborated in 2013 on a series of Midwest summer concerts and plan to work together in the U.S. in summer 2014 as well.

About Ayodele



Ayodele is a Chicago-based dance ensemble known for electrifying African and contemporary dance performances. Their work is inspired by feminist ideals and artistic expression.

About Genome


Genome is a unique blend of organic funk and psychedelic jams with jazz, world, and electronic music. These Chicago based musicians utilize an array of many instruments, both acoustic and electronic, to create an ecstatic dance party that transcends time, space, and earthly 


About Obisoulstar



His music embraces the sounds of Soul, Blues, Funk, Rock, Afrobeat, Lounge, and Reggae — with a dash of House and Alternative for extra style.

Rhapsody: “Top 25 World Albums of 2013”


Unbeknownst to us, our album “Nyash UP!” released last year was ranked as one of the Top 25 world albums by Rhapsody music. On it we covered Fugazi, Radiohead, Fela, Talking Heads, Ceu, Marvin Gaye, System of a Down, 808 State, and Vandermark 5. Some great picks on this list. Check out Bassekou Kouyate and Ballaké Sissoko — those records have certainly been heard more than once in the van when we’re touring. Thanks, Rhapsody!

This article originally appeared on

Summing up a whole year of music from the entire world is always a daunting task (I think I’ve written a sentence like that every year I’ve done it). But that diversity, that inability to be neatly categorized is just what we love about this inadequate umbrella we call “world music,” right? It certainly makes for one hell of a best-of list. That said, a few themes do emerge among our top 25 world albums:

  1. Mali on our minds: The West African country made headlines this year with stories of the conflict and violence there. Malian musicians — who were cracked down on heavily in some areas — responded with gorgeous, thoughtful albums that railed against warfare and still found hope. See: Vieux Farka Toure’s Mon Pays, Ballaké Sissoko’s At Peace, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba’sJama ko and, especially, Rokia Traoré’s impassioned, powerful Beautiful Africa.
  2. The Saharan hotbed: Along with the Malian efforts, several of the year’s most interesting albums came from locations in or adjacent to the Sahara. Foundational desert blues outfit Etran Finatawa, Niger’s up-and-coming Tal National, and Algeria’s rai outlier Rachid Taha all put out fantastic new albums, but it was Niger’s contemplative Tuareg rock star Bombino who really hit his stride with the epic Nomad (featuring production by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach).
  3. Surprising anthologies: I typically avoid comps on my best-of list. But there were several this year that were just too good to leave off:Red Hot + FelaPeru Maravilloso and my favorite, Khat Thaleth (a groundbreaking collection of Arabic hip-hop), offered a wealth of fascinating nuggets.
  4. The ladies run this: This list is dominated by powerful, charismatic female artists in just about every genre and geographical area covered. Our top four alone will knock your proverbial socks off (do NOT miss Anoushka Shankar’s ethereal new effort, which includes duets with sister Norah Jones). But keep moving through the list and you’ll be rewarded with female-fronted sounds from Scandinavia (by way of Africa), Madagascar, Cape Verde, Spain, Portugal and the U.K. (by way of Venezuela), from Monoswezi, Lala Njava, Carmen Souza, Buika, Ana Moura and Family Atlantica. Revel in these fierce, captivating female voices!

Top 25 World Albums of 2013:
1. Anoushka Shankar, Traces of You
2. Juana Molina, Wed 21
3. Rokia Traore, Beautiful Africa
4. M.I.A., Matangi
5. Various Artists, Khat Theleth
6. Monoswezi, The Village
7. Bombino, Nomad
8. LaBrassBanda, Europa
9. Lala Njava, Malagasy Blues Song
10. Carmen Souza, Kachupada
11. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, Jama ko
12. Tal National, Kaani
13. Various Artists, Peru Maravilloso: Vintage Latin, Tropical and Cumbia
14. Rachid Taha, Zoom
15. Etran Finatawa, The Sahara Sessions
16. Vieux Farka Toure, Mon Pays
17. Ukandanz, Yetchalal
18. Buika, La Noche Más Larga
19. Various Artists, Red Hot + Fela
20. Ballaké Sissoko, At Peace
21. Chicago Afrobeat Project, Nyash UP!
22. Sorie Kondi, Thogolobea
23. Ana Moura, Desfado
24. Mop Mop, Isle of Magic
25. Family Atlantica, Family Atlantica

“Chicago Afrobeat Project x Black Market Brass” from The Made Blog

This article originally appeared on The Made Blog.

Where: 7th Street Entry | 701 1st Ave. N. Minneapolis,MN |

When: Saturday, May 10th | 9pm | Tickets $12/$15 |

This upcoming Saturday will feature two large bands to make for one big night. With the Chicago Afrobeat Project in town, it is only right to groove with the ever talented group at one of Minneapolis’ finer venues. It’s not common to find the group performing at a smaller venue like 7th street entry and it isn’t often they make their way to Minneapolis (maybe once a year). With that said, we really hope to see everyone out there come Saturday.