Whirlwinds’ “Chop It” Video Offers Rare Glimpse of Lalibela, Ethiopia

The following video uses a special extended version of Hap Snow’s Whirlwinds performing “Chop It,” an instrumental written by James K. “Hap” Snow featuring Art Bearon on piano, Harry Lewis on saxophone, Stefano Torossi on drums, and Snow on lead guitar.

Hap Snow's Whirlwinds - Chop It 1958 RADAX demo

Hap Snow’s Whirlwinds – “Chop It” 1959 RADAX demo

This edit of the unreleased demo originally recorded in Weston, Massachusetts in 1959 splices a finished take with an alternate, earlier cut.

Hap Snow's Whirlwinds - Chop It 1958 Trans Radio demo

Hap Snow’s Whirlwinds – “Chop it” 1959 Trans Radio demo

The photos used in the video were taken by the author in the hills of Lalibela in northern Ethiopia, home to a series of Medieval rock-hewn churches including what is said to be the largest monolithic church in the world.

Church of Saint George (Bete Giyorgis), the newest of the eleven monolithic churches that date from the 4th to the 12th century located in Lalibela, Ethiopia

Church of Saint George (Bete Giyorgis), the newest of the eleven monolithic churches that date from the 4th to the 12th century located in Lalibela, Ethiopia (photo by the author)

An ancient, proud country, Ethiopia is home to some of the earliest versions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, and truly one of the most fascinating, extraordinary places anywhere.

A video using an extended version of Hap Snow’s Whirlwinds’ “Chop It” is on YouTube:

UPDATE:

New information indicates the Chop It Sessions took place in 1959, not 1960, and that Stefano Torossi was also present (this has been corrected above). In fact, according to Snow, Torossi is the Whirlwind playing the role of the teacher in the skit in the middle of this special extended version as well as the party responsible for the maniacal laughter later in the track.

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