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Exclusive: Antibalas, 'Sare Kon Kon'

Brooklyn Afrobeat band preps first new album in five years

Antibalas
Jacob Blickenstaff
May 3, 2012 10:00 AM ET

Click to listen to Antibalas' 'Sare Kon Kon'

Stimulated by seemingly ubiquitous international uprisings and economic crises, Brooklyn-based Antibalas recently returned to the studio to put together their first album in five years, which is due August 7th on Daptone Records. On "Sare Kon Kon (redux)," the last song on Antibalas' forthcoming self-titled album, the 12-piece Afrobeat ensemble jams in a fast-paced, energetic manner.

"To paraphrase the lyrics, it's like, 'We're running, we're running. We don't know where we're going, but everybody's running.' That kind of encapsulates the rushing anarchy that keeps the band together," said Antibalas saxophonist Stuart Bogie. "It's the idea that we're all kind of on this train, and there's no director, no engineer, no brake; everybody just has to run, and go or not go."

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