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Antibalas – War Hero

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Brooklyn-based afrobeat band Antibalas have performed in over 35 countries, from Japan to Turkey, to Portugal and Brazil. They’ve appeared throughout New York City; from Carnegie Hall & The Apollo Theater, to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the Central Park Summerstage and Rikers Island prison facility. They have shared the stage with artists as diverse as The Roots, Alabama Shakes and Arcade Fire. Their driving drums, guitar rhythms, and horns showcase eclectic & soulful links between afro-cuban music, aftrobeat, and Latin freestyle.

This week’s Top Tune is “War Hero” and was co-written by Notable’s Marcos Garcia (aka Chico Mann) who is a co-founding member-guitarist and vocalist in the group. The song appears on the ensembles’ critically acclaimed fourth album, Security for the ANTI- label in 2007 and was produced by John McEntire drummer/multi-instrumentalist member of Tortoise and The Sea and Cake. A burning funky track throughout.

Antibalas are not just funky, they are cut from the Fela Kuti mold, politically savvy and socially conscious. Co-founding Band member Martin Perna told The Nation after a concert around this time: “Afrobeat as our musical architecture is connected to political struggle. And we’re not just talking about political struggle in our context, as a multicultural, multiracial band from Brooklyn, New York. We have songs about patriarchy, about military myths, and we have songs about the need to really overhaul our representative democracy…”

Listen to the Antibalas horns light up a track on Mark Ronson‘s new album, Uptown Special available this week and you can catch the group across the U.S. on a five week tour beginning Jan 21 with world renowned veteran female vocal ensemble, Zap Mama. Click HERE for more info.

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Contact & Licensing info:
Written by Garcia/Amayo/Fusillo/O’Malley. Published by Emma Lulu Music/Music In Context LLC (BMI), Contact: Damon Booth – Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / Also by Keep Smiling Administered by Downtown Music Publishing, Limberland Music, and Amenawon Music. Master controlled by Epitaph Records/ANTI-

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Chico Mann – One Day Late

This week’s Top Tune comes from songwriter, producer, remixer, guitar player and all-around champion of good sounds and good vibes, Marcos J. Garcia. Raised in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood to Cuban-born parents, Marcos from a young age was soaked in the sounds of afro beat, Latin jazz and 80′s freestyle. Marcos is best known as a founding and current member of Brooklyn-based afrobeat ensemble Antibalas, which is modeled after Fela Kut’s Africa 70 band and Eddie Palmieri’s Harlem River Drive Orchestra.

It was around 2006 that Marcos created the musical time machine that has become Chico Mann. Blending 1970′s Afrobeat and 1980′s Freestyle and Afro Cuban music while paving the way for something new. “One Day Late” was written by Notable’s own, Sam Phillips, and appears on one of our favorite records of the year, Chico Mann’s Magical Thinking. Kudos! to our own Jeremy Page for the mix.

You can catch Marcos and Antibalas on tour here:

11/15 – Bear Creek Music Festival w/Bootsy Collins & Lee Fields – Great Live Oaks, FL
11/29 – Lagos Jazz Series w/Jill Scott, Banford Marsalis, Robert Glasper & Seun Kuti – Lagos, Nigeria
12/1 – Lagos Jazz Series w/Jill Scott, Branford Marsalis, Robert Glasper & Seun Kuti – Lagos, Nigeria
12/13 – Rooms – Chuo – ku – Fukuoka, Japan

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Contact & Licensing info:
Published by Eden Bridge Music (ASCAP). Administered by Some Kind of Music LLC, A Notable Music Co. contact: Damon Booth – Master controlled by Soundway Records.

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Antibalas – Dirty Money

Antibalas (Spanish for “bulletproof”), a Brooklyn based band modeled after Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 band and Eddie Palmieri’s Harlem River Drive Orchestra, has been steadily recording, and touring all of over the world since 1998. For those of you who have witnessed them in concert or even on Broadway blowing the roof off of the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on a nightly basis as the band (and arranger) for the production of Fela!, you know how powerful, joyful and inspirational they are.

“Dirty Money” was co-written by our very own Marcos Garcia (aka Chico Mann), a longtime guitarist/vocalist for the group. Growing up in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, Marcos was greatly influenced by the sounds of Fela Kuti, Celia Cruz, Willie Colon, Lisa Lisa, & Afrika Bambaata. In 2011, the band reunited with producer and former Antibalas guitarist Gabriel Roth at Daptone Studios in Bushwick Brooklyn to record their fifth full length album titled “Antibalas”. The album was released on August 7, 2012 on the Daptone label.

Peep the official video HERE & check out the Antibalas horns supporting Alabama Shakes recently on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel show HERE. Turn it up!!

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Marcos Garcia, the man behind Chico Mann

PH20110225039121 300x219 Marcos Garcia, the man behind Chico MannChico Mann – March 3 – Eighteenth Street Lounge D.C. Washington Post article HERE.

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