Antibalas | SFJAZZ




Saturday, April 8, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Almost Sold Out


SFJAZZ Members: Thu, Feb 9 · 11AM
General Public: Fri, Feb 10 · 11AM

Since forming in Brooklyn two decades ago, Antibalas has done more than any other ensemble to bring the infectious Afrobeat style pioneered by Nigerian legend Fela Kuti to new audiences around the world. Fronted by the charismatic Lagos-born vocalist Amayo and founded by saxophonist Martín Perna in 1998, the band began as a grass roots concern, eschewing traditional music venues and playing at loft spaces, block parties, and public parks while building a devoted fanbase around the New York area. Over the ensuing years, the band has headlined festivals and concerts from Japan and Europe to Africa and across the U.S. in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Rikers Island prison facility. With a signature sound that Mother Jones magazine lauded for its “breakneck rhythms, exuberant call-and-response vocals, and blistering sax riffs,” Antibalas has collaborated with members of Fela Kuti’s seminal Afrika 70 and Egypt 80 bands including drummer Tony Allen, guitarist Oghene Kologbo and Kuti’s sons Seun and Femi Kuti. They’ve released five full-length albums and eight EPs, were featured in the smash off-Broadway musical Fela!, and contributed to releases by Medeski, Martin & Wood, TV on the Radio, David Byrne and St. Vincent, and DJ Logic. They’ll be performing music from their upcoming release on Daptone Records.

Artist Personnel

Amayo vocals, keyboards
Jas Walton tenor saxophone, flute
Stuart Bogie tenor saxophone
Martín Perna baritone saxophone
Jordan McLean trumpet
Eric Biondo trumpet
Raymond Mason trombone
Timothy Allen guitar
Marcos García guitar
Will Rast keyboards
Nikhil Yerawadekar bass
Kevin Raczka drums
Marcus Farrar percussion, vocals
Reinaldo de Jesus percussion

Artist Website

"Few bands have been as indebted to a stylistic and philosophical predecessor as Antibalas are to Fela Kuti. Fewer still have been as capable of doing their predecessor justice " — Pitchfork
"Since the late '90s, this trail-blazing Brooklyn-based Afro-beat band has been constructing a rich, technically irreproachable sonic vocabulary from the foundational elements of African music " — Los Angeles Times
"A fun, globe-trotting ruckus " — NPR Music

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