D.C., being the multi-cultural crossroad that it is, is a great place for musicians from all corners of the globe to team up, influence one another, and create new music. Such was the case for Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, whose members hail from various countries including Romania, Ghana, and Nigeria. The result of their meeting each other? A funky, fourteen-piece orchestra with horn, rhythm, and percussion sections that meld traditional West African musical styles with modern influences. Adding even more to Chopteeth’s worldly vibe are the group’s vocalists who sing in a total of seven foreign languages.
Since forming in 2004, Chopteeth has garnered much local acclaim, most notably through winning numerous Wammies from the Washington Area Music Association. Among the band’s prizes are Wammies for Best World Music Group in 2007, Best Debut Reording in 2008 for their album Struggle, and 2009 Artist of the Year. Chopteeth, reaching a milestone of ten years as a band next year, continue to play local venue and festival circuits as well as travel around the country, sharing the infectious Afrofunk they create.
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