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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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  • "♫ Today: Bangor, ME - Aug 20 at Arcade Fire Reflektor Tour: Bangor"

    Wed Aug 20 19:02:02 2014
  • "RT @thenation: A Former Marine Explains All the Weapons of War Being Used by Police in #Ferguson:…"

    Wed Aug 20 17:20:55 2014
  • "Thank you, Mansfield, Massachusetts. Next stop: 8/20 in Bangor, Maine."

    Wed Aug 20 05:40:29 2014
  • "RT @itssupernegro: LT: Their 1st opening act, Antibalas, was funky as hell. Great stuff. The 2nd, Dan Deacon, had the crowd playing some hi…"

    Wed Aug 20 05:38:36 2014
  • "RT @katienoa: #antibalas amazinggggggg"

    Wed Aug 20 01:10:08 2014

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