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Antibalas is the spirit of Afrobeat reincarnated as a hard-hitting collective of musicians in New York City. The group carries on the soul of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, founder of the unique Afrobeat sound, which unites highlife, jazz, funk, and traditional African elements with unabashed political messages. Antibalas-which means "anti-bullets" or "bullet-proof"-shoots out monstrous horns and bass layered over polyrhythmic beats coupled with furious lyrics inciting insurrection in English, Yoruba, and Spanish.

Antibalas formed in 1998 from members of Desco Records' Soul Providers and the Daktaris. They were quickly joined by like-minded New York musicians active in the worlds of jazz, rock, improvised music, and traditional drumming from Cuba and Brazil. The union of Latinos, whites, African Americans, Africans, and Asian Americans is based in Brooklyn, NYC.

With fifteen band members, Antibalas-which is run as a collective-cannot easily be described in a traditional biography. The group's players come from such diverse professional, cultural, and personal backgrounds that only a spray of bullets can shed light on the foundation of this musical insurrection.

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  • "RT @panamerika: En este programa traemos música labrada en materiales preciosos, de @Antibalas y @BandaDoMar http://…"

    Thu Aug 28 03:20:08 2014
  • "RT @IanLythaby: #NowPlaying Antibalas - Tattletale @GlastonburyFM @Antibalas"

    Thu Aug 28 03:19:21 2014
  • "RT @ultrasoundusa: #np "Tattletale Pt. 1" @Antibalas [@DaptoneRecords] on @ultrasoundusa from @wkdu"

    Thu Aug 28 03:19:10 2014
  • "RT @VoltaireRamos: Daptone Super Soul Review feat. Charles Bradley and Antibalas hits Hamilton's Supercrawl on September 14th. Yaow! http:/…"

    Wed Aug 27 13:52:52 2014
  • "A new live show in our archive for you to check out. March 13 2014 in Quito, Ecuador at the Fundación Teatro..."

    Tue Aug 26 18:44:03 2014

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