Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra to Release New LP
Catherine Lewis reports:
Antibalas-- which is Spanish for "bulletproof"-- formed in mid-1998 by musicians from King Chango, the Soul Providers, and Daktaris. Their music is influenced by Nigerian Afrobeat, American soul, and Latin dance grooves (though mostly just by Fela Kuti), with their fourteen members (sometimes more) layering horns and bass over polyrhythmic beats. When they're not on the road, Antibalas host a weekly Friday-night party called "Africalia" in New York.
The band is already planning to spend a great deal of 2002 on the road, beginning tomorrow at Worchester, Massachusetts' Clark University. Scheduled dates will take them briefly along the northeastern coast before they head out for the west in late February. Venues are presently being booked for a spring tour of the midwest and Canada.
01-31 Worcester, MA - Clark University (w/ Sugarman Three)
.: Pitchfork Review: Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra: Liberation Afro Beat Vol. 1