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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 @parisdjs: Without YOU @ParisDJs wouldn't be able to record, press and market #music all over the world http://t.…"

    Sat Aug 29 18:14:13 2015
  • "RT @hushconcerts: ✨#SFFunkFest addition✨ @JazzMafia's Subharmonic will join @Antibalas Nov 20th at @mezzanineSF http…"

    Sat Aug 29 18:12:48 2015
  • "Good news, SF! Jazz Mafia's Subharmonic has been added as support on our show November 20! Tickets are still..."

    Fri Aug 28 18:27:16 2015
  • "RT @SandyDarrel: #photography 'Showman' Amayo - vocals, from Antibalas, Toronto by Jazz&Blues"

    Wed Aug 19 18:47:45 2015
  • "RT @TheLeviathan23: @Marvel Have you guys settled on who will score the #BlackPanther movie yet? Because I was thinking @Antibalas."

    Wed Aug 19 18:47:27 2015

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