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Liberation Afro Beat 1

By: Antibalas

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Antibalas Artist Snapshot:

Arguably the most devoted students of the legendary Nigerian Afrobeat star Fela Kuti, Antibalas (Spanish for bulletproof) are a multi-ethnic ensemble from Brooklyn, New York. Both musically and ideologically inspired by Kuti, Antibalas has released numerous albums of politically charged, groove-soaked Afro-funk, jazz, and soul since its inception in 1997. The group has gained notoriety via relentless touring and highly honed musical chops, appearing on the mainstage at the Bonaroo music festival in 2006.

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DISC 1 for Liberation Afro Beat 1 Album By Antibalas
1   Si, Se Puede Buy
2   Dirt and Blood Buy
3   Battle of the Species Buy
4   N.E.S.T.A (Never Ever Submit to Authority) Buy
5   Musicawi Silt Buy
6   Uprising Buy
7   El Machete Buy
8   World War IV Buy

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Owing as much to James Brown and Tito Puente as to Fela Kuti, Antibalas, the multiracial 14-piece Brooklyn collective named after the Spanish word for "bulletproof," are far from straight Afro Beat revivalists. Instead, Liberation Afro Beat, Vol. 1 lays New York's rich musical heritage of jazz, funk, and Latin groove over Afro Beat's polyrhythms to spectacular effect, resulting in a raw selection of driving ghetto funk. Despite tracks being mostly instrumental and nearly 10 minutes long, the relentless onslaught of rasping horns, African chants, strutting bass, and frantic percussion mean there's nothing dull about these eight phenomenal tunes. The collection's explosive Afro/Latin/American collision may earmark it as a party album, but there is a deeper motivation to their music. Hear the cries of war in the tenor sax breaks of "Dirt & Blood" and "World War IV"'s denouncement of American foreign policy; Antibalas's unreserved '70s grooves come with unreserved passion and politics. With all the ingredients of the golden age of funk, Liberation Afro Beat, Vol. 1 is a modern classic that matches (beat for socially aware beat) the best the era had to offer. --Dan Gennoe

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