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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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  • "CONTEST! Win a signed CD + a t-shirt + 2 tickets to our show this Thursday with Son Little at The Ardmore Music..."

    Tue Jul 07 14:57:21 2015
  • "RT @MKforPresident: Chi Town with Antibalas was like a wonderful dream. Heading back to NYC to hit with The Heathens……"

    Fri Jul 03 18:27:57 2015
  • "RT @delucadan: Upcoming pop shows: Buddy Guy, Lloyd Cole, Stephen Stills, and Antibalas via @PhillyEntertain"

    Fri Jul 03 18:27:40 2015
  • "RT @deray: New York bans 'poor doors' in win for low income tenants"

    Fri Jul 03 18:19:27 2015
  • "RT @THATMUSICMAG: One of our print issue artists- @SonLittleMusic 7/9 at @ArdmoreMusicPA w/ @Antibalas! His debut there!! Tix:…"

    Fri Jul 03 05:50:13 2015

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