Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra* ‎– Liberation Afro Beat Vol. 1

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Ninja Tune ‎– ZEN CD56
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Tracklist

1 Si, Se Puede 9:52
2 Dirt And Blood 8:53
3 Battle Of The Species 6:25
4 N.E.S.T.A. (Never Ever Submit To Authority) 7:14
5 Musicawi Silt (Live At The Jazz Café, London) 9:29
6 Uprising 7:26
7 El Machete 9:54
8 World War IV (Live At The Jazz Café, London) 6:58

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  • Barcode: 5 021392 235127

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scoundrel

scoundrel

July 10, 2016

With a bandname of Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, it's pretty clear what you're in for, and on LIBERATION AFRO BEAT, VOL. 1, they deliver plenty. Admittedly, "Si, Se Puede" has more of a Latin jazz feel, though the Afro aspect is never far out-of-reach. The horns are strong and plentiful, as are the guitars ("Dirt and Blood" feature both prominently), but it's the polyrhythmic percussion that makes the biggest impact, particularly as they band goes on their extended jams. "Battle of the Species" sets up a funky call-and-response with the horns, while the guitars get jitttery with "N.E.S.T.A." "Musicawi Silt" meanders pleasingly across several continents, while "Uprising" brings more of the organ to the fore, and they also get their politics in with "World War IV." It's quite easy to lose yourself in these tracks, particularly the instrumental ones.