Archive for January, 2009

Chicago Afrobeat Project Wins “Best African Artist” in 2008 Chicago Music Awards

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2009 by modibanyc

Congrats to our slammin Afrobeaters from the mid-West.. no small honor to be crowned kings of afro rhythms in the Chi Town! Fela would be proud!


Our dub-king Andrew “Moon” Bain’s star Turbulence in FADER

Posted in Uncategorized on January 18, 2009 by modibanyc

Big up to Digital Ancient!! This guy just keeps dropping gems…

Chicago Afrobeat: Off the Grid

Posted in Uncategorized on January 16, 2009 by modibanyc

“The group’s songs are musical snowballs, opening as minimalist skeletons – a buoyant bass line or a lone, repeated guitar chord – before picking up keyboards, horns and various percussive elements. Gathering momentum, the songs thunder to a hip-shaking climax.”
– Chicago Tribune

As the world’s cultural and political climate evolves, so does its music.  Rooted in the turbulence of social change, afrobeat coalesced decades ago from a fiery political landscape of Nigeria in the ‘60s and ‘70s.  Now, with the polarized state of society since the turn of the millennium, afrobeat again grips the world – this time, the American musical climate. Chicago Afrobeat Project, emerging in 2002 from an industrial, urban Chicago art community, has established itself as leaders in the non-traditionalist side of the afrobeat movement.  The 7-14 person ensemble energizes the classic afrobeat influences of juju, highlife, American funk, and afro-Cuban music with a formative infusion of experimental jazz and rock elements that thrive in the Chicago music scene.  Inherent in the group’s sound is an expression of world cultural unity and social awareness within a medium of music, dance and
rebellious celebration.

Afrobeat’s range of influences sit in a restless state of hypnotic, dance-compelling energy at times juxtaposed against a left-leaning poignant political message.  The CAbP formula injects unique songwriting and solo experimentation to push the group’s sound forward both at their live performances and on studio recordings.  The individual players, coming from diverse backgrounds, each hold their own as soloists to add uniquely musically informed characteristics to the performances.

Melodic and hard-hitting horn lines create a lyrical flow delivered by a cutting, driven rhythm section dynamic.  The group disperses complex call-and-response percussion songs throughout the shows.  African dancers from Chicago’s Muntu Dance Theatre accompany the band at select performances.  Combine these organic musical and visual elements together, and the overall presentation contributes further to the impact and originality of the band’s music.

Haale’s “No Ceiling” gets multiple nods in “Best of 2008” lists

Posted in Uncategorized on January 6, 2009 by modibanyc

Our girl Haale is making all the right moves…

She gets props from the red

and the Boston Globe:

for her sensational new album “No Ceiling”.

A beautiful talent, Haale is poised for great things to come in 2009… congrats to her and her band!

Nation Beat’s “Legends of the Preacher” named #1 world music album of 2008 by Star Ledger

Posted in Uncategorized on January 6, 2009 by modibanyc


While the world music category provides a stunning array of pure ethnic and traditional music, this year belonged to the category busters — artists who didn’t just create music with hyphenated heritage, but that defied cultural expectations. The obvious examples populating the pop charts were Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A: and the African-music inspired of Vampire Weekend. But the stew has been brewing on the industry’s back burner world-music charts too. Lila Downs, who is both Mexican and American by birth, created an album that triumphantly rose above categorization — and would have topped my list if we didn’t offer she Latin music list. Rupa, an Indian-American, made an album of French swing. Nation Beat and the Klezmer Mountain Boys mixed American country with poor-folks music from Brazil and Eastern Europe. In the age of a mixed-race president who grew up in Hawaii with a Kenyan name, Americans may have a tough time holding on to their expectations.

1. “Legends of the Preacher,” Nation Beat (Modiba)

This New York-based band combines rural music from northeastern Brazil and the American South, but that’s just the beginning of this joyful mash-up. The ethnomusicological dissections, however, are tossed in the back seat for this careening joy ride. ”
-Marty Lipp, Star Ledger, Dec 28, 2008.

Congrats Nation Beat!!!