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Antibalas Brings Its Afrobeat Grooves to Portland

OPB | Dec. 5, 2012 7:15 a.m.

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Get on your dancing shoes. Antibalas is coming to town.

The Brooklyn-based Afrobeat band will be in Portland this week during a West Coast leg of a tour supporting their first album in five years.

Go See It

Antibalas with Stay Calm at the Hawthorne Theatre

  • December 8 at 7 p.m.
  • 1507 SE 39th Avenue, Portland

For over a decade, Antibalas has been carrying on the musical legacy of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti and bringing Afrobeat’s infectious groves to American audiences. The 11-piece band combines Afrobeat’s big band sound and interacting rhythms with Latin, jazz and funk influences and a killer horn section. The band also carries on Kuti’s tradition of political and social commentary with songs like “Dirty Money,” a response to the 2008 economic crisis.

The band’s Nigerian-born lead singer Amayo and trumpet player Jordan McLean sat down with Sound Tracks host Marco Werman earlier this year to share their experiences living the Afropop lifestyle in America and the challenges of keeping a big band going in today’s changing music business.

Watch the PBS Quick Hits interview and Antibalas’ performance of “Dirty Money.”


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