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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 @Jazzenzo: José James, Rokia Traoré, Antibalas en Windkracht 7 naar Summer Jazz Leiden. Volledig programma zie"

    Fri Apr 18 00:36:36 2014
  • "RIP Cheo Feliciano."

    Thu Apr 17 18:32:07 2014
  • "♫ Just Announced: Nice, France - Jul 10 at Nice Jazz Festival (Daptone Super Soul Revue)"

    Thu Apr 17 15:27:08 2014
  • "♫ Just Announced: Vienne, France - Jul 5 at Jazz A Vienne (Daptone Soul Revue)"

    Wed Apr 16 21:28:42 2014
  • "♫ Just Announced: Rotterdam, Netherlands - Jul 13 at North Sea Jazz Festival (Daptone Super Soul revue)"

    Wed Apr 16 21:27:20 2014

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