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Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra: Who Is This America? [May. 11th, 2004|02:11 am]
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"Owing as much to James Brown and Tito Puente as to Fela Kuti, Antibalas, the multiracial 17-piece Brooklyn collective is far from straight Afro Beat revivalists." (Sic. Sic several times over.) That's the first line of the blurb on the back cover. But guys: Fela Kuti owed as much to James Brown and Tito Puente as to Fela Kuti, too, if you know what I mean, and you are straight Afrobeat revivalists almost all the time--that's why you've poached everything about Fela down to his precise keyboard tone. Except that "Sister," from what I caught of it while I was cooking my kung pao seitan tonight, is preachier than Fela usually managed. I mean, I know you can be less straight about the revivalism (that unbelievably good "Che Che Colé" single last year was a good sign of that). But you're protesting too much. Go ahead and call a song "Who Is This America Dem Speak Of Today"--go ahead and pepper another song with every three-letter acronym you can think of--go ahead and knock 'em dead live with "Water No Get Enemy." Just hold your head up about doing it, will you, please?
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