Antibalas

By Tuesday February 25th, 2020artist-2020

Antibalas

Afrobeat 2.0 from contemporary Fela successors

Antibalas

Afrobeat 2.0 from contemporary Fela successors

 

With a heady dance mix of afro, jazz, funk and Latin, the twelve-member Antibalas has been keeping the spirit of Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti alive for more than 20 years. The band built around saxophonist Martín Perna and British-Nigerian singer Duke Amayo paved the way for a new revival: thanks to them, New York — after Lagos — became a new centre of Afrobeat.
The group was partly modelled on Kuti’s band Africa 70, but the broad-minded Antibalas (Spanish for ‘bulletproof’) is not averse to rock, pop, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban percussion, psychedelic, dub and impro. And they have worked with a wide range of artists, from Angélique Kidjo, Public Enemy, David Byrne, Mark Ronson and The Roots to Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran. The fact that Antibalas is the true successor to Fela Kuti with its Afrobeat 2.0 was demonstrated by the spontaneous collaboration between the band and Kuti’s drummer Tony Allen and his sons Seun and Femi. But the committed New Yorkers were also allowed to play the lead role in the award-winning Broadway show Fela!, initiated by the likes of rapper Jay-Z and actor Will Smith. On the excellent new album Fu Chronicles, full of wonderfully drawn-out dance tracks, singer Amayo is again a man of few words, but he does roar his battle cries — just like Fela.

Antibalas at Music Meeting

Day: Saturday May 30
Time: Soon
Stage: Soon

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