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Antibalas

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Editorial Reviews

Antibalas piled into two rooms at Daptone's House of Soul Studios in Bushwick, Brooklyn to cut an explosive new set of afrobeat classics. ''Dirty Money'' launches the propulsive six-song LP with deep, pulsating rhythms, monstrous horns and tight funk. Lead singer Amayo -- a native of Lagos, Nigeria and senior Kung Fu master - guides the band through cathartic workouts of call and response, dynamic instrumentals and eruptive solos.

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  • Audio CD (August 7, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DAPTONE
  • ASIN: B0086ALX48
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,910 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 7, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Antibalas are a 12-strong collective from New York who specialize in Fela Kuti's Afrobeat style. Expect extensive ornate musical breaks, shifting polyrhythms, organ, horns, and a freeform carefree spirit.

The members have at different times collaborated with Amy Winehouse, TV On The Radio, and also helped provide the backing for the musical Fela! Comprising 6 tracks which surprisingly manage to stay under 15 minutes each (as Fela's songs were wont to do), the album opens with a trio of songs performed in English by Nigerian vocalist Amayo; "Dirty Money", "The Ratcatcher", and taking the tempo down "Him Belly No Go Sweet" which could almost transport you to Fela's "shrine".

The other half of the album is sung in Yoruba; the upbeat "Ari Degbe" (The metalsmith spirit), the slow shuffle "Ibeji" (twins), and Sáré Kon Kon (Run Fast), the latter with some interesting hand tapped rolling percussion juxtaposed with thumping beats, akin to Drum & Bass rhythms, and ending literally on a (drum) roll.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hilton Royale on September 14, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Reunited with former band member and producer Gabriel Roth,
Antibalas first album on Daptone is a brilliant one and the
purest afrobeat package they have dropped. The latin funk
imprint is not as significant and the rhythm section is even
tighter than before. And that's tight! It's so tight they need
to hire The Incredible Hulk to loosen the screw.

"Dirty Money", "Him Belly No Go Sweet" and "Ibeji" are all
great songs, but the closing song "Sare Kon Kon" is the real
standout. A 8 minute superphat celebration of the groove, with
great solos over an amazing rhythm section. FAAANTASTIC!

As recommended as a cold beer in the shade, after a hard days
work polishing sand in the dunes at Death Valley. Goddamnit!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 4, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Funk music started it's connection with African pop music from it's very inception. When James Brown was inspired to make his breakthrough funk masterpiece "Cold Sweat" after being inspired by boogaloo and the music of people such as King Sunny Ade. Since that time funk and Africa have never been too far away. Even the Motown house band,who by no coinsidence called themselves the Funk Brothers developed a sound filled with Afro/Arabic melodies and polyrhythms. Since that time funk and Africa have never been far apart. In the 1980's when radio was waging a war against funk,that connection began to reappear under the name of Afrobeat. That subgenre was almost the alternative rock of funk-it could encompass much of those polyrhythms by using another name. Now it's coming back to a point where you no longer need to hide what it is. It's just there.

Antibalas have been around for some time. But this is their Daptone debut. And as with much the label seems to put out? Inspired heavily by the Afro-funk of Fela Kuti,it emphasizes funk from the root as I call it. For sure it's heavily Afrobeat all the way. But when you listen to numbers like the opening "Dirty Money","His Belly No Go Sweet" and "Ari Degbe" the funk is firmly in place. The guitar/bass interaction is so tightly wound with the drums it's hard to know where one stops and the other begins,the organ solos are very jazzy in the sense of being very improvised and propulsive and the horns? Well again everything has something to do with rhythm. On "The Rat Catcher" and "Ibeji" the tempo is slowed down just slight and,of course when one does that,the funk makes itself all the more obvious as you now have to deal with the instrumentation being more sussinct.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ant on December 14, 2012
Format: Vinyl
In order to fully understand this album, I suggest seeing this wonderful collection of musicians live where frontman Abraham beautifully explains reasoning behind certain songs as the beat keeps going. This album however is beyond great! From front to back, I have this on repeat constantly. This was my first purchase from Antibalas, but after seeing them in Philadelphia, I want the entire discography. Add to cart or pick it up at your local record shop, you won't regret it. It comes with an mp3 download code for your convenience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael W. Lopez on September 6, 2012
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Antibalas delivers a rhythm and beat that is what both Jazz and Rock used to be about.
The group is definitely a worthy successor to Fela Kuti and his Afro-Beat sound but,
they have also carved their own niche. Hats off to the Africans(Fela Kuti) to lead us back
to where Jazz and Rock originated, by way of Antibalas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William A. Swenson on April 11, 2014
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When I heard "Dirty Money" on the radio I thought it could be Fela. I sat in my car until the tune finished to find out what it was and by whom. Ended up buying and loving this entire album. I strongly recommend Antibalas to all music lovers, not just fans of African music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FJI on September 6, 2012
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Certainly worth the money! While the first couple of songs are catchy/interesting, the jamming in the last couple is really worth the listen. Try it. It's Brooklyn, man! Via Africa! Search it on the NY Times to learn more.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kees Wessels on September 15, 2012
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From the first to the last minute you can't sit still when this funky music breakes lose. The songs are long but it doesn't feel that way. And you can keep on playing it...
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