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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 @LatZeroCulture: @Antibalas Live tonight giving Miami a Music treat! Nice to see @ChicoMann jam out too 👌#Afrobeats #Miami…"

    Sun Jan 25 04:51:00 2015
  • "RT @systemdialing: All love and safe travels to @Antibalas @ZAPMAMAMUSIC as they bring ever more sunshine to the Sunshine State. 1/25 House…"

    Sun Jan 25 04:50:36 2015
  • "RT @purehoneymagzzz: Photo: #ZapMama #Antibalas at #KravisCenter"

    Sun Jan 25 00:59:41 2015
  • "♫ Today: Cutler Bay, FL - Jan 24 at Zap Mama & Antibalas: South Miami-Dade Cultural Center (Mainstage South)"

    Sat Jan 24 20:00:24 2015
  • "Dear friends in fans in cities that we're not playing in on this current tour... Believe us, we are very bummed..."

    Sat Jan 24 17:37:43 2015

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