Some how among sweat-drenched, dancing people at the Antibalas concert with their horns playing and a hypnotic, meringue-style beat, I felt very alive, indestructible or as their name means in Spanish – bulletproof. The energy that was transmitted between the bands playing tonight – Antibalas and opening act Krudas - and the audience was amazing and infectious.
Looking up at Antibalas which mixes Afropop (Afrobeat) with reggae, hard-bop improvised jazz, and shifts between meringue and salsa beats and a hip-hop influenced progression, it reminded me of other great groups like Ozomatli. These are both groups that have mixed a variety of very different musical styles together to form their own type of music. Has such a fusion of diverse music styles ever occurred in America like it is now? I’m sure there are always other examples, but it’s always exciting to know that you are experiencing something very unique.
Great interview with Antibalas originally posted by the Wexner Center for the Arts blog.
Although not the best video quality, this YouTube piece does speak well to the sound of the group.