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Liberation Afro Beat Vol. 1

April 9, 2001 | Format: MP3

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By Sean M. Kelly on April 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This cd is more than just wonderful retro-funk- it's an album brimming with confidence. There is little doubt that Antibalas has major talent, and their brand of Feli Kuti-esque soul/funk mixed with ska and reggae influences is perfect to groove to. There really is not much to say about this lp that the music can't explain for itself, so give this lp a good listen or 2, fall in love with its tight, funky grooves, and prepare to be amazed.
Recommended to anyone who digs Fela or Femi Kuti's brand of deep dish African funk pie. A wonderful listen.
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Afrobeat is TOTALLY underrepresented in the mainstream airwaves, and that's a crying shame. I guess with very little lyrics to their music, an MTV appearance is out of the question; but that's MTV's loss. Don't miss out Antibalas.
I saw them live at the Temple Bar in LA and they blew me away. The orchestration of their big band is sublime with all the aggressiveness one would expect from those following in the footsteps of Fela Kuti. They groove and swing with incredible passion and intensity.
The song World War IV sums up the political stance of the group and you can't deny it.
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This 14 piece ensemble hails from 'Brooklyn, NY* United Police States of America' - according to the back cover. The band includes members of Soul Providers and Daktaris Allstars, both of whom used to be great Desco acts. The former specialized in funk/soul as played back in '69/'70: fluent bass lines, choppy/chicken guitars, pulsating drums topped with screaming organ work. The latter focused on bringing back the Ransom days, when Fela Kuti was busy cranking out 15 minute long afrobeat tunes in Nigeria. With this album you get the best of both worlds. On the Daktaris recording I missed the organ/keyboard playing, but the horns were hard hitting. So they kept the horns and added keyboards for some enhanced groovism. The drums are funky, but also a lot more. They play a complex rythm and at the same time their repitativity draws you in until slowly you hear the tune unfold. Kind of hard to describe but there is reason why these songs are 6-8 minutes long.
Martin Antibalas plays the baritone sax and conducts the music. With song titles like 'Dirt and blood' and 'Uprising' they continue in the tradition of Fela Kuti who added a political message to his funky music.
This is funky world music people! Recommended to anyone who likes Fela Kuti's earlier work or any band on the Desco label.
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This is a quality album. All the songs are top-notch. The recording quality is so-so on the album in general... some of the mixes sounds flat and are less polished than Antibalas' other albums but I have some great speakers so most people probably won't notice it.

I'd definitely recommend this album to anyone who likes afrobeat or Antibalas' music. I'd also recommend "ASAP: the Afrobeat Sudan Aid Project"... there's a great uptempo live version of "Uprising" by Antibalas on it, as well as some other brilliant afrobeat acts like Tony Allen, Akoya, and Dele Sosimi. You can check it out at modiba.net
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As described on the cd-cover, "Antibalas is a diverse cooperative of music makers in Brooklyn, dedicated to making original revolutionary afrobeat music inspired by the chief priest Fela Anikulapo-Kuti as well as other visionary artists."
Some of their songs are also published on the "Africafunk"-cds and other afrobeat-samplers.
How to define their style? Of course, sometimes they sound like Fela Kuti, a bit less Afro and a bit more Jazz. The 4 horns varying from "bigband-like" to deepest funk. 5 Congaplayers & Drummers will make you dancing & shaking. Guitars are super-funky, the organ & the bassline will blow your mind away.
Tracks 5-8 recorded live at the Jazz Café, London.
If you like JB, Matata, Mandrill, Fela Kuti, Manu Dibango, Peter King etc, you have to buy this funky, groovy masterpiece!!! If you wanna buy only one CD in 2003, go an buy this one! I'm just too happy I did so!
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These guys not only advance Fela's legacy creatively, they blow up the party. Try it, guaranteed you'll have some very happy feet.
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excelent mixer of textures sounds and influencies that make grat band, or realy, a most dramaticla expresion of the american contemporary folk music....
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With a bandname of Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, it's pretty clear what you're in for, and on LIBERATION AFRO BEAT, VOL. 1, they deliver plenty. Admittedly, "Si, Se Puede" has more of a Latin jazz feel, though the Afro aspect is never far out-of-reach. The horns are strong and plentiful, as are the guitars ("Dirt and Blood" feature both prominently), but it's the polyrhythmic percussion that makes the biggest impact, particularly as they band goes on their extended jams. "Battle of the Species" sets up a funky call-and-response with the horns, while the guitars get jitttery with "N.E.S.T.A." "Musicawi Silt" meanders pleasingly across several continents, while "Uprising" brings more of the organ to the fore, and they also get their politics in with "World War IV." It's quite easy to lose yourself in these tracks, particularly the instrumental ones.
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