Chicago Afrobeat Project

| Cadenza Reporter
2720 Cherokee
Friday, 9:00 p.m.

Microsoft Word doesn’t recognize “afrobeat” as a word. Thankfully, that hasn’t stopped the Chicago Afrobeat Project (also known as CAbP) from rocking the stage. With influences from many different genres including Afro-Cuban, jazz, funk and rock music, it’s easy for anyone to find something they like about the group. The Chicago Afrobeat Project performs in seven to 14-person ensembles. They are often noted for their amazing live shows peppered with amusing, dancing crowd members. (Impressive examples can be found on YouTube.) As they say on their website, the performers of CAbP pride themselves on their ability to stay true “to the mix of respect to the tradition and forward-thinking experimentation that shine through in their live performances,” which lets the band resist becoming “a caricature of the genre.”