BAND / PROJECTS
AfroZep originated in 2009 with the mission to spread African music to wider audiences while paying tribute to the greatest Heavy Rock band of all time. Some tunes are straight mash-ups of Fela Kuti and Zeppelin, others are Zep tunes but set to original grooves based off the music of artists such as Tinariwen, Thomas Mapfumo and Franco and others are stripped down Zeppelin arrangements injected with the pulse of traditional African drumming.
Led by Wilson (guitar/vocals), Marshall Greenhouse (drum-kit), and Ryan Behling (bass and lead vocals), AfroZep has consistently been touring since their formation, having played festivals, clubs and universities, which are often coupled with workshops. The group has been gaining major media attention for both their unique take on Led Zeppelin, (Led Zeppelin Cover Band of the Year- Chicago Reader, Led Zeppelin Cover Band of Choice- XRT Radio Chicago) as well as for their contribution to African music. In both 2012 and 2013 the group has received multiple nominations at the Chicago Music Awards (African Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year). Wilson, Marshall and Ryan (which also make up the psychedelic rock trio KAVA) bring years of road experience with them and a rotating all-star cast of musicians they have met along the way that includes some of the countries top traditional West African percussionists and most in-demand rock and jazz horn players.
KAVA is a Psychedelic Rock trio made up of the founding members of AfroZep. Despite its members living in three different states spread throughout the country, KAVA is one of the most productive Rock bands out there. They independently released 2 EPs and an improvised instrumental release before releasing their first full length studio album, Shikaakwa, which is available at all major online music stores. Their second instrumental release, Separations, is due for release early 2014.
KAVA creates a huge live sound without the use of any pre-recorded tracks. They have often been compared to 60s era groups like (Ozzy era) Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd, but also fuse modern elements heard in groups ranging from Tool and Queens of the Stone Age to Animal Collective and Tame Impala.
Marshall plays kaossilators and doumbek the Chicago based group Mano, which fuses Middle Eastern-influenced melodies into ensemble compositions with a line-up consisting of flute, violin and cello in addition to guitar, bass and drums.