Antibalas founded 1998 (Spanish for “bulletproof”) is a Brooklyn-based afrobeat band that is modeled after Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 band and Eddie Palmieri’s Harlem River Drive Orchestra. Although their music generally follows the musical architecture and language of afrobeat, it incorporates elements of jazz, funk, dub, improvised music, and traditional drumming from Cuba and West Africa.(wiki)
Fela Anikulapo Kuti (15 October 1938 — 2 August 1997), or simply Fela, was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, pioneer of Afrobeat music, human rights activist, and political maverick. Here is the song “Teacher Don’t teach Me No Nonsense “
Alice Niyonsaba known as Alicios Theluji born in 1987, at Nyanzale in the Province of Kivu in the DRCongo. She sings in English, Swahili, Lingala and French. Here performing with Juliana Kanyomozi from Uganda. Enjoy “Mpita Njia”
Bela Chicola was born in the province of Bie, in the center of Angola. She sings in Portuguese and Umbundo languages. Her music styles are Semba, Afrobeat, Zouk, Sungura, Rebita, Kizomba and Rumba. Here´s the Song “Pilima Yangue”
Today, I would present you one of my favourite “bands”-the hip-hop group Yeleen from Burkina Faso, with Smarty and Mawndoé: “Chemin de l’exil”, from their first album “Juste 1 peu 2 lumière“. Modern rap, with elements of African folk music, reggae and afrobeat represents their feelings perfectly. In the year 2007 they got the “Kundé d’or” for the best artist from Burkina Faso. This is an old post…..