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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 @RelixMag: .@Antibalas Horns, @KevinMorby and more added to the lineup for The Complete Last Waltz at the @CapitolTheatre ::…"

    Fri Nov 21 18:35:05 2014
  • "RT @SonglinesMag: Our Essential 10 #Afrobeat albums feat. @t_allenafrobeat @Antibalas @RealSeunKuti @Femiakuti http:…"

    Fri Nov 21 18:34:46 2014
  • "Staying busy these days in between Antibalas gigs. Our horn section and bassist emeritus Binky Griptite will be..."

    Thu Nov 20 18:03:34 2014
  • "Welcome keyboardist/producer emeritus @TicklahVAxelrod to twitter. #ff"

    Thu Nov 20 14:32:05 2014
  • "RT @RadioMixticius: #FrecuenciaMXTCS suena #Tattletale de @Antibalas"

    Wed Nov 19 21:22:10 2014

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