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V1 Liberation Afrobeat

Antibalas Audio CD
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Owing as much to James Brown and Tito Puente as to Fela Kuti, Antibalas, the multiracial 14-piece Brooklyn collective named after the Spanish word for "bulletproof," are far from straight Afro Beat revivalists. Instead, Liberation Afro Beat, Vol. 1 lays New York's rich musical heritage of jazz, funk, and Latin groove over Afro Beat's polyrhythms to spectacular effect, resulting in a raw selection of driving ghetto funk. Despite tracks being mostly instrumental and nearly 10 minutes long, the relentless onslaught of rasping horns, African chants, strutting bass, and frantic percussion mean there's nothing dull about these eight phenomenal tunes. The collection's explosive Afro/Latin/American collision may earmark it as a party album, but there is a deeper motivation to their music. Hear the cries of war in the tenor sax breaks of "Dirt & Blood" and "World War IV"'s denouncement of American foreign policy; Antibalas's unreserved '70s grooves come with unreserved passion and politics. With all the ingredients of the golden age of funk, Liberation Afro Beat, Vol. 1 is a modern classic that matches (beat for socially aware beat) the best the era had to offer. --Dan Gennoe

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5.0 out of 5 stars oh yeah! I've been searching for this for years!!! April 22 2003
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Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great music....naive political message Oct. 4 2001
Format:Audio CD
These guys need to stick to creating great groove music, and stay away from politics. In the cd cover the band members state: "We let de-humanising, corrupt insitutions like governments, armies, and banks dictate how we live and die. We try to find joy and fulfillment in the excrement of these institutions: TV, fashion, professional sports.." What army ever produced fashions, and what govt. agency produces TV shows? Why isn't music included? These guys are obviously talented, but they need to bone up on some basic history and take a look around - don't they know that the new establishment producing the things they hate are CEO's of big communication companies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Bill's #18 of 2001 Dec 31 2001
Format:Audio CD
Listen up all you revolutionaries, are you into political outrage, protest, and civil unrest? This is the album for you. This is some heavy stuff. Not heavy like with thundering guitar riffs and sneering vocals, this is afro-beat, this is jazz, this is hardcore! Mainly instrumental, the horn beats are solid, the bass lines thump, the beat is tribe like jungle. Influences from Parliament & James Brown can be heard as well. This symbol of power should really be categorized with the likes of other revolutionaries such as MC5, Public Enemy, Rage Against the Machine, the Minutemen, Bob Dylan, I could go on for hours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sonically amazing, musically fantastic Feb. 15 2002
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 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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