Born in a Brooklyn warehouse in 1997, 12-piece ensemble Antibalas is credited with introducing Afrobeat to a wider global audience, influencing countless musicians and developing a live show that is the stuff of legend. The group has performed everywhere from Central Park to Carnegie Hall to Rikers Island Prison and that’s just in New York.
On the heels of the hit musical FELA!, which several members collaborated on, Antibalas has reunited with former member and producer Gabriel Roth, who was at the helm for their first three albums.
This self-titled album is their first release in five years, and the first on the mighty Daptone Records label. Inspired by economic meltdowns and global uprisings, 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.
1. Dirty Money
2. The Rat Catcher
3. Him Belly No Go Sweet
4. Ari Degbe
6. Sare Kon Kon