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America's leading advocates of Afrobeat, Antibalas fuse the innovative sound of Nigerian legend Fela Kuti and his band Africa '70 with more diverse elements of Latin jazz, funk, dub, and Cuban music. The result is music with a true internationalist groove, propulsive and emphatic while still leaving room for a sensuous undertow. Bubbling up from New York's underground at the end of the 1990s, Antibalas rose to international success in the following decade, touring widely and releasing acclaimed albums like 2001's Liberation Afro Beat, Vol. 1 and 2007's Security. As their stature grew, they branched out into interesting collaborations, playing with everyone from Angelique Kidjo to Public Enemy, and serving as the house band on the Broadway production of the Afrobeat musical Fela. After years of association with Daptone Records, Antibalas joined the label in the 2010s, releasing a self-titled 2012 set along with 2017's Where the Gods Are in Peace. They returned in 2020 with the eclectic kung fu-meets-Afrobeat collection Fu Chronicles. Led by saxophonist Martin Perna, Antibalas (the name is Spanish for "bulletproof") was formed in 1998 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and featured musicians from bands like King Changó, the Soul Providers, and the Dap-Kings. Early lineup mainstays included Gabriel Roth (bass/producer), Binky Griptite (guitar), Victor Axelrod (keyboards), Fernando "Bugaloo" Velez (congos), Anda Szilagyi (trumpet), and Duke Amayo (percussion, vocals). From the start, they were strongly influenced by Nigerian Afrobeat, along with American R&B and Latin dance grooves. After gaining experience playing at poetry readings, loft parties, city parks, and other unconventional gigs, Antibalas started playing clubs around New York, hosting a regular weekend residency called Africalia that often drew guest artists like Sharon Jones and Lee Fields. In 2000, the group self-released their debut album, Liberation Afrobeat, under the name Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra. After signing with Ninja Tune, it was reissued and expanded as Liberation Afro Beat, Vol. 1. Shortly afterward, Antibalas released Live in New York! Summer 1999, a limited-edition concert set documenting several of their Africalia shows. Following the release of their second studio effort, Talkatif, in 2002, Antibalas began touring extensively through North America and Europe and playing major festivals like Coachella, Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, and the Newport Jazz Festival. After making a series of live albums available through Rockslide Records in 2003, Antibalas returned to the studio to cut their third LP, 2004's Who Is This America?, for Ropeadope Records. After 2006's Government Magic, issued by the Japanese P-Vine label, the group teamed with the respected indie imprint Anti- for 2007's Security, a more experimental set made with producer John McEntire (Tortoise). By this time, Antibalas had the honor of performing live with a number of musicians who had collaborated with Afrobeat icon Fela Kuti, and when the off-Broadway musical Fela! opened in New York in 2009, Antibalas were recruited as the house band, re-creating a number of Fela's classic compositions each night. The band followed the show when it moved to Broadway in 2009, around which time they collaborated with the Roots and Public Enemy on a live version of the latter's album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. In 2010, Antibalas cut an EP, Rat Race, which featured a cover of Bob Marley's song of the same name. After several rounds of touring, the band cut a self-titled album that became their 2012 debut for Daptone Records. Former bandmember Gabriel Roth, one of Daptone's founders, produced the set. More international touring followed, including dates in Europe, Brazil, Mexico, and Australia, and the group made their American television debut in 2012 with an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. In 2017, after a long layoff from recording, Antibalas released their second album for Daptone, Where the Gods Are in Peace. The set included a three-part suite, "Tombstown," recorded in collaboration with the members of Zap Mama. 2020s Fu Chronicles was a hard-grooving set for Daptone inspired by the band's early days in then-unfashionable Williamsburg, Brooklyn, as well as vocalist Duke Amayo's study of martial arts.
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