Who Is This America? [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On its first album for the illustrious Ropeadope label, the Brooklyn-based Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra (now shortened to simply Antibalas) continues to mine the deep sonic and political fields first breached by the late Fela Kuti. This is deep funk Afro-beat, full of deep, fat horns, trance-like pumping bass, snaky guitars, and hypno-groove percussion. In addition to the orchestra which numbers 14 pieces, the band adds another ten guests in various places and extrapolates its chunky, funky, Afro-beat sound by grafting it onto Latin beats and, in the longer pieces, elliptical modal considerations. The album begins with the manifesto "Who Is This America Dem Speak of Today?" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On its first album for the illustrious Ropeadope label, the Brooklyn-based Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra (now shortened to simply Antibalas) continues to mine the deep sonic and political fields first breached by the late Fela Kuti. This is deep funk Afro-beat, full of deep, fat horns, trance-like pumping bass, snaky guitars, and hypno-groove percussion. In addition to the orchestra which numbers 14 pieces, the band adds another ten guests in various places and extrapolates its chunky, funky, Afro-beat sound by grafting it onto Latin beats and, in the longer pieces, elliptical modal considerations. The album begins with the manifesto "Who Is This America Dem Speak of Today?" Stuttering guitar lines insist on ushering in the quantum rhythms before the horns kick it into pure hypno-groove. Amayo's vocals are pure righteousness as the track winds back on itself three times before it eclipses at 12 minutes. The wildest thing here is saxophonist Stuart Bogie's "Indictment," with its jagged-edged, hard shadowy funk where muted trombones, keyboards, and even strings collide in a loose-backboned twist-o-flex groove before the vocals come in to lay down the law with rage and authority. The final two cuts on the set -- "Elephant," with its entwined organ, synth-bass, and horn lines that become a ghostly, post midnight Afro-Latin dance jam, and B. Mann's killer dub-inflected "Sister" account for over half-an-hour of the disc's total playing time. The two are consistent in the way they gradually and purposefully unfold into labyrinthine considerations that are deeply textured, multivalent exercises in intervallic groove and shimmer, allowing the band's jazz pedigree to articulate itself more fully. Antibalas may have begun its recording career by paying tribute to the nearly overwhelming influence of Fela, but as this disc attests, the band has been carving out its own space from other traditions as well, and has developed a grand woven-basket design that bears the group's signature exclusively. [The CD reissue in 2010 expands the track selection to eight with the addition of a previously unissued cut: a Scott Harding-produced jam entitled "Money Talks." The iTunes version contains this and another exclusive in the cut "Paz," and, available from the band's and label's websites is a deluxe edition which contains a CD, a download coupon, and a reprint of the original Ropeadope "Running Man" T-shirt]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2010
  • Label: Rope-A-Dope
  • UPC: 020286154594
  • Catalog Number: 157

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Who is This America Dem Speak of Today? (11:59)
  2. 2 Pay Back Africa (8:23)
  3. 3 Indictment (5:38)
  4. 4 Big Man (7:55)
  5. 5 Obanla'e (1:39)
  6. 6 Elephant (14:03)
  7. 7 Sister (19:14)
  8. 8 Money Talks (6:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Antibalas Primary Artist
Geoff Mann Shekere
Victor Axelrod Organ, Electric Piano, Clavinet, Group Member
Babatunde Adebimpe Background Vocals
Fernando Velez Group Member
Stuart Bogie Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Gabriel Roth Guitar, Group Member
Jordan McLean Trumpet, Group Member
Mayra Vega Background Vocals
Martin Perna Baritone Saxophone, Group Member
Ernesto Abreu Vocals, Group Member
Veronica Cuevas Background Vocals
U Poppa Dobi Background Vocals
Dylan Fusillo Percussion, Group Member
Ogugua Iwelu Background Vocals
Alex Kadvan Guitar
Nick Movshon Bass, Group Member
Del Stribling Bass, Group Member
Entcho Todorov Violin
Olia Toporovsky Background Vocals
Luke O'Malley Guitar, Group Member
Philip Ballman Drums, Group Member
Technical Credits
Victor Axelrod Composer
Don Grossinger Mastering
Antibalas Producer
Traditional Composer
Stuart Bogie Composer
Gabriel Roth Engineer
Jordan McLean Composer
Martin Perna Composer
Ernesto Abreu Arranger, Composer
Dylan Fusillo Composer
Del Stribling Composer
Luke O'Malley Composer
Philip Ballman Composer
Andrew Cunningham Artwork
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