"Chopteeth’s live shows are
as sweaty yet tasty as a
Texas barbecue in August."
—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"Gutsy and in the groove."
—All About Jazz
"A fearsome live act."
—Washington City Paper
"This music has the drive of 1970s funk, the subtle rhythms of Yoruba tribal music, the fire of Ghanaian highlife."
Winners of 12 Wammie Awards from
The Washington Area Music Association:
2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 & 2007
World Music Group
"Thunderous... potent. Chopteeth's debut CD takes the band from upbeat Swahili lyrics over a South African pulse one second, to
spaghetti Western-inspired instrumentals the next.
True to the political essence at the heart of Fela's music."
”Raging guitars and rich, swaggering horns. Propulsive.”
—The Boston Globe
“Wonderfully fresh. With absolutely no reservations, this is an outright success."
"Afrofunk with lunatic energy."
2010 & 2008
World Music Recording
Artist of the Year
Debut CD of the Year
reviews Chopteeth Live CD &
interviews band members:
"Chopteeth continues to hit audiences upside their heads."
2012 & 2011
World Music Vocalist—Michael Shereikis
With deep sadness we mourn the passing of our brother, Mark Gilbert aka Marcos, who passed from this world on May 16, 2013, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Marcos brought a unique fire and spirit to Chopteeth whenever he stepped up to the microphone to play his sax. It was an honor to play music with this very gifted man. He will remain in our hearts always.
Mark toured, recorded and performed with many jazz, funk, go-go, and avant-garde groups in the US, Mexico and around the world. His accomplishments include three Presidential inaugural gigs, a seven-year stint backing up Gladys Knight and the Pips, and an appearance with The Four Tops at 1985’s Live Aid, the “global jukebox” organized to raise funds to alleviate Ethiopian famine.
A memorial service and jam session will be held this summer, date TBA. The family requests memorial contributions be made to Tate Chesapeake Hospice House, Philanthropy Department, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401 or MusiCares, 3030 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404.