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Chop & Quench brings Fela Kuti's 'The '69 L.A. Sessions' to life
Chop & Quench brings Fela Kuti's 'The '69 L.A. Sessions' to life

It was proclaimed more than once over the evening at California Plaza that history was being made in downtown Los Angeles on Friday night as part of the Grand Performances series. For the first time, a choice selection of the iconic Nigerian bandleader Fela Kuti's music, created during a flash of inspiration while living in L.A., was performed live in the city of its birth.  The band responsible, the Afrobeat unit Chop & Quench, replicated the recordings that comprise "The '69 Los Angeles Sessions," about a storied period in Pan-African music history.  Performing the funky, wildly syncopated compositions that the late musician-activist recorded while...

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