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Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra
Culturally diverse Afrobeat ensemble, Antibalas is popularly known as Antibalas Arobeat Orchestra. Antibalas name means bulletproof in Spanish, has indeed proved they possess the nerve to not only survive but also thrive by employing a musical arsenal.
Based in the heart of Brooklyn, New York, Antibalas are judging by their complex percussive approach. Simultaneously polyrhythmic and political, independent and contagious, words fail in trying to describe the result.
Using the revolutionary blueprint of Afrobeat as a launching pad in the beginning, the fourteen plus strong members of Antibalas weave a rich tapestry of latin, jazz, classical, funk and soul into their horn-driven mix.
Founded in 98 by Mart?n Perna as Conjunto Antibalas, the current line-up for the band consists of over dozen members including Latinos, whites, African-Americans, Africans, and Asian-Americans.
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra have also enlisted members of two influential New York-based percussive funk groups, Soul Providers and Daktaris. This collection of talented multi-instrumentalists is chiefly inspired by the Reverend Fela Kuti, American soul, and Latin dance grooves.
Collectively Soul Providers and Daktaris run Africalia, a club that provides a forum for up-and-coming dub, cumbia, and batucada bands. The Afrobeat ensemble played its inaugural concert in May 26, 1998 at St. Nicks Pub in Harlem. With creative potential and talent, it took them no time to rise to the mainstream popularity.
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestras presence grew and which led many record labels to approach the group. Besides Afrosound, which has put out a handful of Antibalass releases, Ninja Tune is the first label to pick up on Antibalas fever. Ninja Tune issued the groups Liberation Afro Beat Vol. 1 which spawned energetic, optimistic Si, Se Puede (meaning Yes You Can) and the steadfastly political N.E.S.T.A.
N.E.S.T.A stands for Never Ever Submit To Authority. Over the course of the next few months, Antibalas solidified with a core of eleven band members. They soon began to develop a repertoire of original songs. Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra came up with their debut album for any label in 2000.
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra were signed by Ninja Tunes who released their Liberation Afro Beat Vol. 1. The album got off to huge success and received international acclaim. Shortly after the release of their album, Antibalas embarked on a tour and toured twice in England. All the while they continued to play at venues throughout New York City.
After a course of two years, the horn-driven outfit appeared with their second album, Talkatif. Released under the same label, the album featured much-liked Hypocrite. In order to support the album, the group continued touring throughout the United States. Recording with the group in the early day was Cameroonian drummer Jojo Kuo. He can be heard on the studio recordings of Uprising and Machete.
Guitarist and producer/engineer Gabriel Roth wrote several of Antibalass earlier tunes and oversaw recording and production of the first three records. In summer 2004, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestras third studio album, Who is This America? was released under Rykodisc label.
This time too, it received positive critics. That year also bore witness to the bands first-ever tour to Japan, as well as debuts at the Glastonbury and Coachella music festivals. Always looking to push their unique sound further, the ensemble of strong creative members entered the studio to record their fourth album, Government Magic.
With much-heralded musician/producer John McEntire (Tortoise, Stereolab, Tom Ze), Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra explored and unleashed sonic sides of them not previously tapped. Government Magic shocked and dazzled new and old fans alike.
The following year, the bands new album entitled Security came out in the market. Security was produced by John McEntire and issued through the ANTI- label. The album took the ensembles popularity to the next level, making them renowned worldwide.
To-date, Antibalas has performed in 23 countries, from Japan to Turkey to Portugal, throughout New York City, from Central Park Summerstage to Rikers Island prison facility.
Antibalas Afrobeat orchestra is simply meant to lead; as tough and diverse as the city they are nestling in. Its been nearly a decade enjoying a distinct status for introducing afrobeats framework to a new generation.
They have received guest visits from several musicians from Fela Kutis Afrika 70 and Egypt 80 bands, including Tony Allen (drums), Femi Kuti (alto sax), Seun Kuti (tenor sax), Tunde Williams (trumpet), Oghene Kologbo (guitar), Nicolas Addey (congas), Dele Sosimi (keyboards), Ola Jagun (drums/percussion), and Jojo Kuo (drums) among others.
Though its certainly no easy task to keep (and feed) such a vast ensemble on the road, Antibalas has managed to average over 100 concerts a year.