Antibalas Gears Up For 12”, CD, Tour

Exactamundo! Ain’t no
better Afro-beatmeisters on the planet.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Brooklyn Afro-beat music collective Antibalas has been pretty busy of late, arranging and performing the
musical score for the acclaimed Broadway musical FELA!, about the life and times of Fela Kuti. Now the group is
planning to mark its twelfth year together with two releases in the
summer of 2010, as well as a week-long tour including a West Coast run
supported by The Sway Machinery and
East Coast dates in Philadelphia and New York City.

 

 

The first release comes from the group’s newly-formed Exactamundo imprint.  Rat
Race/Se Chiflo
is a 12″ limited
edition vinyl pressing of two of the band’s hottest live songs. Produced
by Victor Axelrod (Dap-Kings,
Dub Side of the Moon, Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse), “Rat Race” is a
fierce, driving interpretation of the Bob Marley classic, while “Sé
Chiflo” (translation: “Everything’s Gone Mad”) is a swinging,
Spanish critique of the absurdity of the recent global financial crises,
featuring vocals by Marcos García (Chico
Mann).

 

 

On August 17th, 2010 Antibalas will also celebrate the
re-release of the 2004 critically acclaimed album Who Is This America? on Ropeadope Records. Recorded
and produced by Antibalas and Bosco
Mann (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Amy Winehouse) at Daptone Records’ “House of
Soul” Studios in Brooklyn, the
politically-charged album features nearly 80 minutes of Afrobeat epics with
many contributions from Antibalas’s extended family, including members of the Dap-Kings as well as TV on the Radio front-man Tunde Adebimpe.

 

Tour Dates:

 

Wed, July 14 – San Diego, CA – Casbah*
Thu, July 15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echoplex*
Fri, July 16 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall*
Sat, July 17 – Garberville, CA – Reggae on the River
Mon, July 19 – Portland, Or – Berbati’s Pan*
Tue, July 20 – Seattle, WA – Neumos*
Thu, July 22 – New York City – River to River Festival, Castle Clinton
Thu, July 29 – Philadelphia, PA – Kimmel Center, Perelman Theater
*With the Sway Machinery

 

 

 

 

 

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