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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 @TyHasABday: Stevie Ray walking on water. Makes you wonder. #austinflood"

    Tue May 26 07:33:24 2015
  • "RT @MontrealMMC: 650 artistes en provenance de plus de 35 pays pour le #festival @nuitsdafrique ! via @Voir http://t…"

    Sun May 24 15:16:07 2015
  • "RT @TimeOutNewYork: See @MsLaurynHill and @Antibalas for FREE at this year's Wonderful World Fest June 20. Ticket reservations now open! ht…"

    Sun May 24 15:15:49 2015
  • "♫ Just Announced: Montreal, Canada - Jul 17 at Festival International Nuits D'Afrique"

    Wed May 20 21:45:21 2015
  • "RT @baratunde: Now if only we could get them for sabotaging the global economy a few years back. @NYTNow http://t.…"

    Wed May 20 14:25:27 2015

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