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Worlds Collide: Bluegrass Henhouse Prowlers & Nigerian Rap P Square

Henhouse ProwlersLast week while visiting Nigeria, Chicago natives and bluegrass favorites, The Henhouse Prowlers, delighted fans when performing the hit “Chop My Money” by Nigerian rap superstars P Square (original featuring Akon). Much to the delight of unexpecting fans, Peter Okoye of P Square showed up to sing along.

The story goes like this: The Henhouse Prowlers learned the song especially for their trip to Nigeria. On 6/27 they played it at the DCM’s (Deputy Chief of Mission with the US Embassy) house in Abuja. A woman from the House of Representatives in Nigeria was at the private show and called P Square to tell them about the performance. A week later, on July 4th Peter showed up to perform with the band and paparazzi insanity ensued.

In this video, worlds truly collide and music bridges gaps!

This is the video of their first Nigerian performance of the song that lead to the call to P Square:

Ten years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.

Their most recent album “Breaking Ground” grew out of collaboration and time well spent, having completed it within months of multiple cross-country US tours and the band’s third trip to Europe. Produced by Greg Cahill (Grammy nominated band-leader of Special Consensus), with special guests Josh Williams (of Rhonda Vincent and the Rage) and Anders Beck (of Greensky Bluegrass), this recording packs punch after punch.

The band recently performed with the US State Department on two separate trips in five different countries in Central and West Africa, as well as heading back to Europe in the spring of 2014 for their largest tour abroad to date. The Prowlers continue to push the envelope with their highly original songwriting, tight arrangements, and electrifying stage presence. With the bluegrass mantle on their shoulders and the best fans in the world by their side, The Henhouse Prowlers are here to stay for a long, long time.

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