THURSDAY, MAY 31
The massive musical family known as Antibalas was born in 1998 in Brooklyn, New York in the same squalid former Brooklyn cheesecake factory that incubated the Dap Kings and TV on the Radio, making their at a poetry night at St. Nick’s Pub in Harlem. Since their humble beginnings, the twelve+ piece ensemble has performed nearly 2000 shows in 35 countries around the world.
Apart from its reputation among the world’s top afrobeat groups, Antibalas and its members are rooted itself at the crossroads of contemporary New York music as connectors and collaborators through the city’s disparate music scenes from Afro-Cuban, avant classical, soul, rock, rap, reggae, and pop music. In the past few years, the group has performed and/or recorded with artists including Jovanotti, Mark Ronson, Santigold, Angelique Kidjo, My Morning Jacket, Zap Mama, The Roots, Medeski, Martin and Wood, David Byrne and St. Vincent. Antibalas has also served as the house band at Carnegie Hall performing the music of Paul Simon (2014), David Byrne and Talking Heads (2015) and Aretha Franklin (2017) backing over 40 star vocalists.
In 2007, Antibalas’s musicians formed the nucleus for the Tony-award winning Broadway musical FELA! choreographed by Bill T. Jones, and members of the Antibalas horns served as the show’s musical directors. Antibalas has recorded five full length albums and several EPs and singles for the Daptone, Ninja Tune, ANTI- and Rope-A-Dope labels. The band’s latest full length album, Where the Gods Are in Peace, was released by Daptone in late summer 2017.