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Antibalas.

September 4, 2012 The rhythm-intensive Afrobeat ensemble is back with its first album in nearly five years.

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May 16, 2007 Antibalas blends jazz, funk, dub and traditional West African drumming with political messages.

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March 16, 2007 Antibalas is a creative amalgamation of jazz, funk, dub, hip-hop and, at its root, Afrobeat.

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Interviews & Profiles

Antibalas was founded in 1998 by baritone sax player Martin Perna (far right, in hat) and is fronted by singer-percussionist Amayo (center, in head wrap). The group has seen many lineup changes in its decade and a half together.

January 6, 2013 The band relies on two things to play well: tropical temperatures and a relaxed pace.

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April 12, 2007 The African beats of Brooklyn's Antibalas; The Sahara's rebel group Tinariwen; Dark harmonies fr...

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March 30, 2007 Antibalas' nearly 13-minute Afrobeat epic "Sanctuary" unwinds with a graceful, unhurried pace.

April 15, 2002 Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats; the amazing world of Joe Meek; motor-boating with Vic Chesnu...

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March 30, 2007 Antibalas' nearly 13-minute Afrobeat epic "Sanctuary" unwinds with a graceful, unhurried pace.

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Hunting and gathering music for your Thanksgiving holiday? Check out our playlist.

November 19, 2012 Our suggestions for a Turkey Day playlist, brimming with American sounds.

Antibalas performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 25.

October 4, 2012 It's one thing for 11 musicians to make a big sound, but what stands out is Antibalas' subtlety.

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KCRW Presents: Antibalas

September 19, 2012 The 11-piece Afrobeat collective brings the heat to KCRW with a live performance of "Dirty Money."

Amadou and Mariam's new album, Folila, comes out April 10 in the U.S.

April 1, 2012 A lilting mash-up brings the West African stars together with TV on the Radio and Santigold.

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