Antibalas, the hard-hitting, funkified New York-based Afrobeat collective, have a new album coming out on Aug. 7, and we’re happy to share some of that music in advance.
Not only is it a new release, it’s the first full-length Antibalas album on the mighty Daptone label. (It makes sense, since Antibalas members have also played with Daptone artists such as Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Menahan Street Band and The Budos Band.) And it’s the band’s first album in five years.
Early reviews are positive. The Guardian says it’s a “classy new set that's notable mostly for the instrumental work; the opening track Dirty Money is a slinky, rousing demonstration of the way they have updated Afrobeat, switching from tight, clattering percussion to equally rhythmic keyboard work and punchy brass, with stirring sax solos from Stuart Bogie.”
So let’s get the Afrobeat party started.
Listen to Antibalas
Stay tuned for an upcoming CBC Music interview with members of Antibalas.
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on Aug 03, 2012