Antibalas

The musical collective Antibalas (Spanish for bullet-proof / anti-bullets) was conceived in Mexico City and born in Brooklyn in 1998. Inspired by the musical architecture and language of afrobeat, Antibalas incorporates elements of jazz, funk, dub, improvised music, and traditional drumming from Cuba and West Africa. Antibalas has frequently collaborated with diverse artists, from Public Enemy to serving as Carnegie Hall’s house band for their “Music of” series, including events for David Byrne & the Talking Heads, Paul Simon and Aretha Franklin. The Antibalas horn section has also performed with The Roots, Santigold, Alabama Shakes, and The String Cheese Incident, as well as on Grammy award-winning albums by Angelique Kidjo and Mark Ronson. Antibalas has recorded five studio albums, with their sixth expected to drop in mid-2017.

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