Antibalas en Antibalas: Cooking Up Afrobeat In A Sweltering Kitchen Years ago, without setting out to do so, the Afrobeat ensemble <a href="" target="_blank">Antibalas</a> jumped out ahead of the pop-culture curve in two ways. First, geography: The band was formed in Brooklyn in the 1990s, before the New York borough became the mecca of independent music that it is today. Second, the music itself: Afrobeat makes its way into lots of popular music today, but Antibalas was doing it before it had a mainstream foothold.<p>Antibalas contains 11 people, all hard at work in a complex musical machine. Sun, 06 Jan 2013 07:03:00 +0000 NPR Staff 38476 at Antibalas: Cooking Up Afrobeat In A Sweltering Kitchen Antibalas: Tiny Desk Concert There just aren't many bands like <a href="">Antibalas</a>. These are jazz players making dance music: Their music is big and fun, and their guiding spirit is Fela Kuti, the brilliant big-band leader and Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer. Afrobeat is a musical style featuring nearly endless songs, mixing funk and jazz, grooves and riffs, with the rhythm carried by not only the drums, but everyone. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 12:56:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 34616 at Antibalas: Tiny Desk Concert Antibalas On World Cafe Sometimes known as the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, the New York band <a href="" target="_blank">Antibalas</a> — which means "bulletproof" in Spanish — is a large group of talented musicians who play rhythm-intensive Afrobeat music. In a seven-year stretch, Antibalas has released four albums and withstood a five-year hiatus in which several members worked on the Broadway musical <em>FELA</em>!<p>On Antibalas' new self-titled album, the band makes a fun, globe-trotting ruckus. Tue, 04 Sep 2012 22:10:00 +0000 33139 at Antibalas On World Cafe