6 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The coast-to-coast success of the Tony-Award-winning musical, FELA! drew no small amount of its power from the in-house band. That band drew heavily from the Anitibalas roster–and indeed if any group can lay claim to be heirs to Fela Kuti's passion and power, it's Antibalas. This is the group's fifth album, their first since they brought the deep Nigerian-inspired funk to Broadway. If you're new to the sound, here's the breakdown: start with a slight melodic figure, sometimes a trombone, sometimes just a bass and drum pattern. Slowly stack in vocals, congas, shakers, more horns, Farfisa organ and dive deep into the cosmic Afro-funk abyss. But these aren't just exercises in funk-by-numbers, this is dynamic, fluid, expressive music with lyrics that touch on unrest and thinly veiled fables of corruption. It just doesn't get much funkier than this.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The coast-to-coast success of the Tony-Award-winning musical, FELA! drew no small amount of its power from the in-house band. That band drew heavily from the Anitibalas roster–and indeed if any group can lay claim to be heirs to Fela Kuti's passion and power, it's Antibalas. This is the group's fifth album, their first since they brought the deep Nigerian-inspired funk to Broadway. If you're new to the sound, here's the breakdown: start with a slight melodic figure, sometimes a trombone, sometimes just a bass and drum pattern. Slowly stack in vocals, congas, shakers, more horns, Farfisa organ and dive deep into the cosmic Afro-funk abyss. But these aren't just exercises in funk-by-numbers, this is dynamic, fluid, expressive music with lyrics that touch on unrest and thinly veiled fables of corruption. It just doesn't get much funkier than this.

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About Antibalas

New York-based Antibalas were formed in 1998 by musicians from King Changó, the Soul Providers, and the Daktaris. Influenced by Nigerian Afro-beat, American soul, and Latin dance grooves, Antibalas started playing at clubs around New York, hosting a weekend party called Africalia, giving them the opportunity to perform their particular style based on the combination of different cultures immersed in the band. After recording Liberation Afrobeat, the live album, Live in New York! Summer 1999, was released. Liberation Afro Beat, Vol. 1 was issued in early 2001. The group returned to recording in 2004 and issued Who Is This America? on the Rope-a-Dope label, followed by Security on Anti Records in 2007. After extended touring and studio and live collaborations by its various members, Antibalas returned with a self-titled album in the summer of 2012. ~ Drago Bonacich

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