West& Chop and Quench (Formerly the Fela! Band)

Monday Night I treated myself to go see the Chop and Quench during their residency at the Knitting Factory In BK. This weeks special guest was the incredible Les Nubians! Chop and Quench features the musicians from the Tony award winning Musical Fela! along with Sahr Ngaujah (Fela) and 3 of the Queens.

The high octane two hour set had the entire venue drenched in sweat . We all got a few lessons in the art of Nyash. It was impossible to deny the Afro-beat. I was thoroughly impressed by how great the band was. Each musician showcased their tremendous artistry and showmanship during each solo as well did a damn good cover of some Fela Kuti’s greatest hits . The Queens were simply incredible vamping through out the entire night and supporting Sahr with backing vocals. There were way to many moments the Queens had us hype, not to mention that all three woman were gorgeous.

They did it all from “Sorrow Tears and Blood,” “Lady,”Upside Down,” Water No Get Enemy,”and “Zombie” to name a few. My 3 personal highlights was during the audience participation session when my bro Frank and I took solo’s and did what we do best! Second would be the collab of Chop and Quench and Les Nubians for “Water No Get Enemy.” Last but certainly not least when Les Nubians performed my favorite song Africa4theFuture with the Queens singing background. That song is truly the epitome of my life. As a dancer choreographer I am constantly preserving the art of Africa Dance with youth. I was so elated and left the venue full. Long live the legacy of Fela Kuti, Chop and Quench is doing an outstanding job with the preservation of the legend.

All images were taken by yours truly Westampersand: 

Below is footage of “Water No Get Enemy”


I suggest everyone makes it a priority to go see Chop and Quench at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn before their residency closes June 2nd, I know I’ll definitely be back we all my peoples!


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