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 Gabe Roth, who was at the helm for their first three albums. Daptone Records released the band's first album in five years, self-titled, on August 7, 2013.
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.
Members of Antibalas served as musical directors and the house band in the Broadway hit FELA! and penned original music for the show. Members have also recently collaborated/performed with Iron and Wine, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Mark Ronson, TV on the Radio and The Roots.
DC Highlife Stars
DC Highlife Stars have been lighting up dance floors across Maryland and DC with their infectious blend of hip-shaking music from West & Central Africa, along with original compositions that bring the party into the here-and-now. Bandleaders Eme Awa (Eme & Heteru) and Michael Shereikis (Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band) have assembled a choice crew from among the DMV’s deep African music scene to explore this stripped down, highlife sound. Cameroonians Henri Tanash (guitar) and Joseph “Kobo” Mouliom (bass), and Ghanaian Emmanuel Adamah (drums) form the core unit, with occasional friends and heavy-hitters sitting in on highlife, afrobeat, soukous and assorted grooves. The vibe is five world-class groove masters having a blast as they sling deep-pocket bass, percolating double-helix guitars and earthy harmonies all so you can forget your troubles and dance!
DC Highlife Stars is featured on five tracks from the debut album by Jolly Papa entitled “The Legend.” This includes a signature rendition of highlife classic “Taxi Driver” by Bobby Benson and two tracks co-written with guitarist and composer Henri Tanash. “The Legend” will be available online November 25, 2016. Stay tuned…