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  • Audio CD (6 Aug 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Daptone Recordings
  • ASIN: B0086ALX48
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,059 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Dirty Money 6:150.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  3. Him Belly No Go Sweet 6:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Ari Degbe 6:430.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Sr Kon Kon10:03Album Only

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hilton Royale on 15 Sep 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Reunited with former band member and producer Gabriel Roth,
Antibalas first album on Daptone is a brilliant one and the
purest afrobeat package they have dropped. The latin funk
imprint is not as significant and the rhythm section is even
tighter than before. And that's tight! It's so tight they need
to hire The Incredible Hulk to loosen the screw.

"Dirty Money" and "Him Belly No Go Sweet" are both great songs,
but the closing song "Sare Kon Kon" is the real standout.
A 8 minute superphat celebration of the groove, with great
solos over an amazing rhythm section. FAAAAANTASTIC!

As recommended as a cold beer in the shade, after a hard days
work polishing sand in the dunes at Death Valley. Goddamnit!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PP on 27 Nov 2012
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Straight out of the Fela Kuti school, but with a little more jazz included. A very tight band with a rich driving sound.
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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
The pressing and packaging are great quality and the free Mp3 download is useful too.
The music is great, but you already know that otherwise you wouldn't be searching for Antibalas !
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If you like Afro-influenced funk with a smattering of jazz this album is for you. Every track has a hot cookin', sweatin' dance groove to liven up any party. If this music don't turn you on, you 'aint got no switches!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Groove collective 7 Aug 2012
By Nse Ette - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Antibalas are a 12-strong collective from New York who specialize in Fela Kuti's Afrobeat style. Expect extensive ornate musical breaks, shifting polyrhythms, organ, horns, and a freeform carefree spirit.

The members have at different times collaborated with Amy Winehouse, TV On The Radio, and also helped provide the backing for the musical Fela! Comprising 6 tracks which surprisingly manage to stay under 15 minutes each (as Fela's songs were wont to do), the album opens with a trio of songs performed in English by Nigerian vocalist Amayo; "Dirty Money", "The Ratcatcher", and taking the tempo down "Him Belly No Go Sweet" which could almost transport you to Fela's "shrine".

The other half of the album is sung in Yoruba; the upbeat "Ari Degbe" (The metalsmith spirit), the slow shuffle "Ibeji" (twins), and Sáré Kon Kon (Run Fast), the latter with some interesting hand tapped rolling percussion juxtaposed with thumping beats, akin to Drum & Bass rhythms, and ending literally on a (drum) roll.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Power Of The Groove From The Source 4 Sep 2012
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Funk music started it's connection with African pop music from it's very inception. When James Brown was inspired to make his breakthrough funk masterpiece "Cold Sweat" after being inspired by boogaloo and the music of people such as King Sunny Ade. Since that time funk and Africa have never been too far away. Even the Motown house band,who by no coinsidence called themselves the Funk Brothers developed a sound filled with Afro/Arabic melodies and polyrhythms. Since that time funk and Africa have never been far apart. In the 1980's when radio was waging a war against funk,that connection began to reappear under the name of Afrobeat. That subgenre was almost the alternative rock of funk-it could encompass much of those polyrhythms by using another name. Now it's coming back to a point where you no longer need to hide what it is. It's just there.

Antibalas have been around for some time. But this is their Daptone debut. And as with much the label seems to put out? Inspired heavily by the Afro-funk of Fela Kuti,it emphasizes funk from the root as I call it. For sure it's heavily Afrobeat all the way. But when you listen to numbers like the opening "Dirty Money","His Belly No Go Sweet" and "Ari Degbe" the funk is firmly in place. The guitar/bass interaction is so tightly wound with the drums it's hard to know where one stops and the other begins,the organ solos are very jazzy in the sense of being very improvised and propulsive and the horns? Well again everything has something to do with rhythm. On "The Rat Catcher" and "Ibeji" the tempo is slowed down just slight and,of course when one does that,the funk makes itself all the more obvious as you now have to deal with the instrumentation being more sussinct. The album ends with the powerful "Sare Kon Kon",probably the number with the most heavily African flavor.

The album cover art is one of the most amazing I've seen for awhile,and actually attracted me to getting this. It depicts the band standing around a table of fruit whering masks of various African animals in a similar concept to Cameo's 'We All Know Who We Are' or early cover art by Mandrill or Osibisa. Now I've often talked with people about the funk era,and/or if there ever was such a thing. It appears there was. And it never fully went away either. And from it's artwork to the presentation of this music that funk era is what I hear on this. Antibalas have come directly from the Afropop world and upon arriving on Daptone,they ably showcase how important that genre was to the development of funk. It served a similar purpose as blues did with jazz,as a sort of "rue in the gumbo" as it were. So what you have here is high octane Afro funk played with a collective oriented live band with sparse vocals and either fast or foot stomping tempos. And it plays it's funk card with no regrets. And so it should.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Afropop is alive and well in Brooklyn 19 Nov 2012
By Jose Pelaez - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the Afropop sound, and I recently discovered Antibalas (Bullet Proof) thru the podcast Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR (which I really recomend). Not since Osibisa, an African group from the 70's, had I heard a similar sound, though Antibalas sound is much tighter and tends to the Latin. They have a seamless integration of the brass and the percussion, and the vocals give them that African touch. They are some of the most talented musicians that I've heard in a long time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fela would be proud (and jam with them) 7 Sep 2012
By Kenneth Pyron - Published on Amazon.com
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Simply stated, I enjoyed this as much as I enjoy Fela Kuti's music. It feels similar and Antibalas does the music justice. It has an updated feel to the music, as it should, but you cannot deny the 'Fela-flavor' the group bring to the sounds. I highly recommend this for fans of Fela and for those that want to simply enjoy great music.
Missing Fela 11 April 2014
By William A. Swenson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
When I heard "Dirty Money" on the radio I thought it could be Fela. I sat in my car until the tune finished to find out what it was and by whom. Ended up buying and loving this entire album. I strongly recommend Antibalas to all music lovers, not just fans of African music.
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