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ANTIBALAS

The musical collective known as Antibalas (Spanish for bullet-proof or anti-bullets) was conceived of in Mexico City and formed in Brooklyn New York by Martín Perna in the fall of 1997. The early nucleus of the group was composed of Perna and later included several other members (Gabriel Roth, Michael Wagner, Del Stribling aka Binky Griptite, Victor Axelrod, Fernando Bugaloo Velez, Anda Szilagyi) from the Soul Providers / Dap Kings band. They performed their first show in May 1998 at St. Nick's Pub in Harlem NY.

A few months into the group's existence, Perna and Roth, on a walk through their southside Williamsburg neighborhood, met Amayo, who at the time owned a boutique / kung fu studio / arts space where he sold his own fashion designs, and held fashion shows. They invited Amayo, a native of Lagos and afrobeat enthusiast, to see a show in the neighborhood. A few weeks later, they called again to ask him to fill in for a percussionist for a show at the Cooler (NYC) and he joined the band shortly thereafter. Within months he began composing and performing lyrics and over the next few years grew into the role lead vocalist.

The nascent group spent its early months rehearsing and composing at Desco 41st street studios and later the first Daptone Studios at Amayo's Afro Spot. Eschewing all commercial venues for the first year, they performed exclusively in alternative spaces in lofts, community markets, parks, art spaces like Sara Roosevelt Park, Taller Latinoamericano, Brecht Forum, and the Angel Orensanz Center.

THEON CROSS

Le tubiste attitré des Sons of Kemet, un des groupes phares de Shabaka Hutching, vient nous présenter son dernier projet Intra-I. Nominé meilleur instrumentiste par Jazz FM en 2016, il est un des sideman les plus prisés de Londres, il a joué aux côtés de Nubya Garcia, Emilie Sandé, Moses Boyd, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Pharoahe Monch et Kano. Il fait aussi partie du collectif d’encadrement musical des jeunes de la banlieue sud londonienne, Kinetika Bloco. Ce musicien de génie s’arrête aujourd’hui sur la question de son héritage afro-caribéens et des musiques Black en général, triturant et exploitant son instrument pour en sortir une nappe sonore des plus futuristes, basée sur le souffle. Le gros son que nous lui connaissons se voit augmenté par d’infinis effets électroniques tirant vers un style résolument jungle, cette musique des années nonante, mix de dub et de hip-hop, s’accompagnant de MC, et précurseur du mouvement drum’n’bass. Tout un programme !

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