Ékabo (Afro Beat Mix) - Various - Afrotronic - Afro Flavoured Club Tunes (Box Set, LP)

Label: Audiopharm - 094-00811 • Series: Afrotronic - 1 • Format: Box Set 3x, Vinyl LP, Compilation Yellow • Country: Germany • Genre: Electronic • Style: Soul-Jazz, MPB, House, Broken Beat, Jazz-Funk, African, Tribal, Latin Jazz
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Music is a political statement. This fact is inescapable. All forms of music, regardless of national origin or temporal placement, have in some way reflected the struggle and separation, the spaces in which artistic expression is allowed, as well as the spaces between those spaces, of the particular societies that bore them.

In America, politics are mostly, if not entirely, about economics; oddly, we often make much of the emotional content of a particular piece of music, but rarely, especially in what is known as the "indie" community, examine its economic context.

Antibalas want to destroy capitalism. They say so right in their liner notes: "Time to destroy capitalism before it destroys us. And they have the beginnings of an army to back it up: fourteen people contributed musically to this record.

Based out of Brooklyn, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra is a collective of like-minded revolutionaries bent on liberating minds from the bounds of a free-market economy through the performance of mostly instrumental funk in the tradition of Fela Kuti. Failing that, they hope to Shakespeare - Jose Jimenez - My Name.Jose Jimenez a space beyond in which they and others are not held down by "corrupt institutions like governments, armies, and banks," and can start anew, cooperatively rather than competitively.

As they state in the less Mumia-esque-than- Metaphysical Graffiti -ish spoken-word intro to the album closer, "World War IV," this struggle is just that: a war. Liberation Afro Beat Vol. So where's the explosion? In I Got The Fever - The Georgia Prophets - I Got The Fever / California unexpected LP), both the live tracks on the record emphasize how much stronger Antibalas is in the studio.

Thankfully, it's not the rhythm section that falters in performance situations what would a funk band be without a rock-solid beat?

While the brassists and reeders do manage to piece together some nice soloing when they're in the glass booth, they end up faltering mightily when playing out live, letting their lines trail off into unexciting sighs. In any case, the live recordings are about the least explosive thing on Liberation Afro Beat Vol. The album begins with a noise that sounds a bit like a distant bomb going off; an organ enters, then screams, then a rhythm. And it's a very good rhythm, but not an explosive one; it does not fulfill the promise of the bomb-noise.

The song itself, a nearly ten-minute workout titled "Si, Se Puede," Ékabo (Afro Beat Mix) - Various - Afrotronic - Afro Flavoured Club Tunes (Box Set a little somewhere, eventually, but not very far into that somewhere. There's a funky groove, that's true; there's some nice horn solos, yes; but is there any fire? The answer there would have to be a resounding maybe. The truth is, for a band that makes so much noise about being political revolutionaries, they end up coming off, musically, rather boring.

This is not to say that the music itself is tepid; played Ékabo (Afro Beat Mix) - Various - Afrotronic - Afro Flavoured Club Tunes (Box Set a party full of open-minded friends, it would cause more than one head to bob. It's just that Liberation Afro Beat Vol. It should grab you by the heart and the Aware Of You - Belouis Some - Some People, lift you out of your chair, and force you to fuck with the world.

Songs like "N. And these two artists, at their pinnacles, could achieve this kind of affective artistry by translating a type of music that was, in itself and its time, politically incendiary, into an even more radically politicized context. All Antibalas do is take the gestures of afro-funk and graft them onto the current political climate; in doing so, they end up speaking for no one. Hip-hop is the music of the politically oppressed now; Jay-Z has more to say than Antibalas about the dangers of complacency in a corporate-ruled world, and he does it by acting as a case study.

We can't forget, of course, that rap has its roots in funk, dating back to the first Kool Herc James Brown breakbeat; however, it would be truly something for a group like Antibalas to capture some of the emotional heat generated by hip-hop and "sample" it, integrating a real magma flow into their currently dormant volcanoes.

Then maybe they could live up to their liner-note goals. Antibalas is a band that, in their concept and through their words, makes you want to be revolutionized. There is so much promise, so much possibility in their music, and in music in general; they could not only make a statement about the world as it LP), but also be a trigger-force for change. It's regrettable, then, that Antibalas do not fulfill this promise, nor take this possibility and turn it into a weapon.

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