Artist Profiles: Antibalas


Antibalas (“bulletproof” in Spanish) is a large collective carrying on the Afrobeat tradition begun by Fela Kuti. Based in New York City, the band combines highlife, jazz, funk, and traditional African rhythms and informs all of it with unabashed political conviction.

Antibalas’ sound is rooted in monstrous horns and bass, polyrhythmic beats and funky breaks, and furious lyrics in English, Yoruba and Spanish. Every Antibalas show is a dance party and life-affirming celebration. The band has traveled the world, spreading its captivating sound and potent message.

Antibalas regularly wins over jazz crowds, rock crowds, DJ crowds, world music crowds, jam band crowds, and anyone else in their path. They have performed at jazz festivals from Montreal to Montreux to Istanbul. They have been favorites at multi-genre festivals such as Bonnaroo, Bumbershoot, and England’s Big Chill. They have opened for James Brown, No Doubt, Wyclef Jean, Trey Anastasio and more. They have played many of rock’s best-known venues, including Irving Plaza in New York, the Fillmore in San Francisco, and the Metro in Chicago.


* Liberation Afro Beat, Vol. 1 (Ninja Tune ZENCD56, 2001)

* Talkatif (Ninja Tune, 2002)

* Who Is This America? (Artemis, 2004)

* Government Magic (P-Vine Japan, 2006)

* Security (Daptone Records, 2007)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.


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