NEW ANTIBALAS LP, COMING THIS SUMMER

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Wow, has it really been five years since the last Antibalas album? Their self-titled release (their 5th) is coming out on Daptone and produced by Gabriel Roth. There’s a reason they’re America’s premier Afrobeat band; if you needed a reminder…

Antibalas: Sare Kon Kon
From Antibalas (Daptone, forthcoming 2012)

Due out August 7th just in time for you to ride out the back half of the summer.

ORCHESTRE DU BAWOBAB: CROSS-ATLANTIC CONNECTIONS

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Orchestre Du Bawobab: Kelen Ati Len + Jarraf
From Visage Du Senegaal (Disques Buur, 1974)

Amongst certain circles of Afro-funk fans, “Kelen Ati Len” is probably the best-known song by this Dakar band but this LP is hardly a one-tracker 1 No doubt, “Kelen Ati Len” is killer with its crashing drums and angular guitar work. It’s like Bawobab/Baobab members had spent a few years jamming with the Kashmere Stage Band before returning to Senegal.

However, I included “Jarraf” because you get a whole other sense of cross-cultural play […]

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