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AntibalasAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 7, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DAPTONE
  • ASIN: B0086ALX48
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,032 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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4.6 out of 5 stars
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Groove collective 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Power Of The Groove From The Source September 4, 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Afropop is alive and well in Brooklyn November 19, 2012
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I love the Afropop sound, and I recently discovered Antibalas (Bullet Proof) thru the podcast Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR (which I really recomend). Not since Osibisa, an African group from the 70's, had I heard a similar sound, though Antibalas sound is much tighter and tends to the Latin. They have a seamless integration of the brass and the percussion, and the vocals give them that African touch. They are some of the most talented musicians that I've heard in a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fela would be proud (and jam with them) September 6, 2012
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Simply stated, I enjoyed this as much as I enjoy Fela Kuti's music. It feels similar and Antibalas does the music justice. It has an updated feel to the music, as it should, but you cannot deny the 'Fela-flavor' the group bring to the sounds. I highly recommend this for fans of Fela and for those that want to simply enjoy great music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Missing Fela 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Gift January 14, 2014
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Good music, so I am told from my brother-in-law. It was part of his Christmas 2013 gift. It is worth a shot as he has good taste in music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! August 3, 2013
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These guys rock. I like everything by them so far. They remind me of Fela and Tony Allen. Great Afro Beat!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Achievement December 14, 2012
By Anthony
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not their best album. Comparing to previous albums soffers a lack of...
Antibalas is a great band which is carrying on Afrobeat music since over ten years ago. They did really great albums, as Talkatif and Who Is This America (which are their best... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Luca Mirabile
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing work of art
What can I say that they can't say by themselves. The music is amazing, you can sample it anywhere, but it really shines on vinyl. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Rafa
4.0 out of 5 stars exotic funk-soul
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...
Published 22 months ago by Kees Wessels
5.0 out of 5 stars Make a Move - It's a Groove!
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. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Hilton Royale
5.0 out of 5 stars Antibalas
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... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Michael W. Lopez
4.0 out of 5 stars Rockin
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! Read more
Published 23 months ago by FJI
5.0 out of 5 stars Antibalas: Antibalas
I've been following Antibalas since the late 90s. They are one of the best bands out there - period. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Juggla
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