Antibalas

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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 @thevisualnews: Stamping Money Out of Politics Just Got Even More Fun With The Amend-O-Matic Stamp Mobile http://t.co/VbmARX7xUF"

    Sat Aug 30 04:37:25 2014
  • "RT @Dallas_Penn: Brooklyn under martial law for Labor Day Weekend so please stay safe out in these streets #theyshootin http://t.co/Nfrh9XU…"

    Fri Aug 29 18:10:46 2014
  • "#TBT Antibalas in Bushwick in front of Daptone House of Soul. Circa 2004-2005. http://t.co/A48dTm0vD3"

    Thu Aug 28 21:15:01 2014
  • "If you were to curate a six to eight song anthology of Antibalas recordings from 1999 to the present, what songs would you choose?"

    Thu Aug 28 20:46:43 2014
  • "RT @panamerika: En este programa traemos música labrada en materiales preciosos, de @Antibalas y @BandaDoMar http://t.co/zvmzHVhLkR http://…"

    Thu Aug 28 03:20:08 2014

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