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  afrobeat - corporate drumming, team building, entertainment, fitness. AUSTRALIA
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www.afrobeat.com.au   (381 words)

  AFROBEAT DOWN - THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AFROBEAT | FLY | US/CANADA: FEATURES   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
Continuing in the tradition of Fela Kuti, LA-based band Afrobeat Down is spreading the afrobeat vibe of social awareness and funky living...
Afrobeat music should be shared; from the community of loyal fans, to the individual bands that are keeping Fela’s legacy alive.
She is an incredibly inspirational figure for the Afrobeat movement worldwide, and we are privileged to have her as a part of ABD.
www.fly.co.uk /fly/archives/2005/08/afrobeat_down_the_encyclopedia_of_afrobeat.html   (1067 words)

 Metromix. Chicago Afrobeat’s getting the word to the people   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
Afrobeat, Nigeria's electrifying contribution to world music, is thriving in the Chicago Afrobeat Project.
Afrobeat, a hybrid of funk, jazz and traditional African percussion, could easily be pegged as Afro-jazz.
They stumbled across some afrobeat recordings shortly after Kuti's death in 1999 and instantly "fell in love with it." "We listened to one Fela song and it changed our whole direction," says Glines, who adds that the improvisation and movement in afrobeat is a natural extension of their rock and jazz backgrounds.
metromix.chicagotribune.com /music/mmx-040204-musicafrobeat,0,6866394.story?coll=mmx-music_top_heds   (569 words)

 Music Directory | Learning English | BBC World Service
Afrobeat is a mixture of different forms of music.
When you listen to an Afrobeat band, the first thing you hear probably would be the jazz influence.
Afrobeat really is just a way of putting together all those influences and mixing them with traditional African harmonies and rhythm.
www.bbc.co.uk /worldservice/learningenglish/music/musicdirectory/afrobeat.shtml   (697 words)

 World Music Central - ASAP, The Afrobeat Sudan Aid Project   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
Afrobeat has earned an international reputation since the 1970s as music of infectious rhythms with a message of social and political action.
Nigerian Fela Kuti, the founder Afrobeat music, was famous for his political outspokenness in criticizing the corruption within the Nigerian government and others.
Afrobeat is the ideal soundtrack to mobilize relief for the victims of this dire African crisis.
www.worldmusiccentral.org /article.php/20050109145417337   (1249 words)

Afrobeat is our music now," says baritone saxophonist Martin Perna, the founder of Antibalas (the name means "bulletproof" in Spanish).
Femi's two-album association with MCA helped spark the reissue of 20 of his father's long-unavailable recordings, a trove of music that has drawn the attention of hip-hop artists on the lookout for new grooves.
And Afrobeat is still a vehicle for speaking the truth -- truth propelled by a relentless, irresistible groove.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/a/2004/06/13/PKGBO719431.DTL&type=printable   (676 words)

 Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra: Who Is This America?: Pitchfork Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
Of course, while I was thrilled to hear a new multi-culti spin on the Nigerian afrobeat legacy, I couldn't shake my disappointment at the record's lack of focus, or its departure from Fela's tried-and-true blueprint.
If you're familiar with afrobeat, you'll have a basic grasp of this record's sound: Clean, staccato guitars and conga 'n' snare breakbeats are quickly avalanched by monstrous horn sections, shakere counter-rhythms, and kinky clavinets.
Like hip-hop and reggae, afrobeat is one of the crucial forms of expression for the world's disenfranchised.
www.pitchforkmedia.com /record-reviews/a/antibalas/who-is-this-america.shtml   (661 words)

 Afrobeat, Afro Beat
Afrobeat is a combination of American funk rhythms fused with African percussion and vocal styles, popularized in Africa in the mid to late 1960s.
The year 2000's dopest flashback was definitely Afrobeat, the Nigerian-born funk thang coined by the late Fela Kuti.
Afrobeat was heard everywhere, it seemed, from club DJ sets to coffee shops.
www.jahsonic.com /Afrobeat.html   (905 words)

 NPR : Afrobeat
Afrobeat originated in Lagos, Nigeria in the late 1960s.
In London, Afrobeat has been popular for years among the Nigerian community there, and could be heard in local world music dance spots.
A new CD, called The Shrine presents Afrobeat is a great compilation, with many of these original recordings from West Africa, along with some new remixes by today's young DJs in London.
www.npr.org /templates/story/story.php?storyId=1115091   (224 words)

 Afrobeat - Nigeria Arts.net - Home of Nigerian Arts on the Internet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
Afrobeat is a term coined by the late Nigerian Superstar Fela Anikulapo Kuti for the unique musical hybrid he created fusing elements of Yoruba music with jazz, funk and big band.
In Fela's day, his larger than life personality and massive talent dominated the genre practically eclipsing all other would be Afrobeat musicians.
After Fela's passing the realm of Afrobeat opened up refucusing its spotlights on seasoned vetereans like Orlando Julius as well as the next talented generation with Femi Kuti and, innovator Lagbaja, and many others.
www.nigeria-arts.net /Music/Afrobeat   (99 words)

 Afrobeat Directory - Nigeria Arts.net - Home of Nigerian Arts on the Internet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
The simplest idea, rooted in another culture is sometimes a challenge to translate in all its potency.
The band started in the year 1989 with empty cans and motor wheels which it used in constructing a drum set.
One of Nigeria's up and coming generation of Afrobeat musicians.
www.nigeria-arts.net /Music/Afrobeat?Directory   (293 words)

 Femi Kuti at TLA Fri. July 15th ...Afrobeat Bizness
Continuing in the afrobeat tradition, Femi built around a solid, six-piece horn section and two strong percussionists.
As the inheritor of the afrobeat mantle, Femi found himself in demand everywhere.
He had honed his composing and arranging skills and was rewarded by a record deal with MCA for his excellent 1999 release, Shoki Shoki.
www.cooljunkie.com /forums/index.php?board=4;action=display;threadid=16679   (541 words)

 Tucson Weekly : Music : Bulletproof Monks
Afrobeat, a genre that was essentially created of whole cloth by Fela Anikulapo Kuti (or, if you prefer, simply Fela), is a musical genre forged of tribal rhythms punctuated by urgent brass and political lyrics, often spoken as if they were speeches.
That legacy, Fela's musical gift to the world, is Afrobeat, a style that has influenced a diverse array of artists from David Byrne to James Brown.
"We're (now) the center, the hub for all these old Afrobeat musicians to keep in touch with each other," he says, noting that in his mind, there is no greater privilege.
www.tucsonweekly.com /gbase/Music/Content?oid=oid:60847   (951 words)

 Chimurenga Online - Calabash Afrobeat Poems
Ikwunga Wonodi is not a new face among Afrobeat music followers in Nigeria and elsewhere; years back while a university student, he was a member of the “What?” collective which was an underground campus hit in Nigeria.
Since the release of his latest album Calabash Afrobeat Poems Vol.1, Ikwunga has been the center of attention among the African community in the US and Britain.
Afrobeat poetry is more on the mellow side, is in Pidgin English and ideally requires the full compliment of an Afrobeat band, dancers and background vocalists to be whole.
www.chimurenga.co.za /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=76   (2083 words)

 Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra - PopMatters Concert Review
It's evident the band clearly wears Kuti's influence on their sleeve, embracing the authentic afrobeat sound that fuses a vibrant horn section with intense rhythmic percussion.
Beginning with the deep baritone sax of Martin Perna, the song soon infuses itself with organ melodies while the beat is held with the rattling percussive shekere instrument.
Another powerful aspect to the afrobeat sound is the ability to convey politics through the instruments themselves, rather than through the testosterone-fuelled rage of other modern groups.
www.popmatters.com /music/concerts/a/antibalas-030328.shtml   (736 words)

 Pitchfork Mangles Afrobeat   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
Afrobeat the style was pretty short-lived as a phenomenon, and even now is a distinct regional thing, sort of like D.C. go-go.
Afrobeat is the specific name Fela Kuti gave to the style he developed.
Calling all African music "Afrobeat" is the same as calling it all "benga" or "mbaqanga" or "chimurenga"--each is a separate style.
ilx.wh3rd.net /thread.php?showall=true&msgid=5659732   (3935 words)

 Boston.com / A&E / Local events / The Afrobeat goes on
It was a blustery January night, and as a long line trailed a half-block outside the Middle East, the bouncer at the front of the line yelled out, "We just sold out, folks!" People groused and booed as if Trey...
It was a blustery January night, and as a long line trailed a half-block outside the Middle East, the bouncer at the front of the line yelled out, "We just sold out, folks!" People groused and booed as if Trey Anastasio had sacked Phish's farewell concert.
It was a tough break because, inside the club, men in huge furry hats danced what could be described only as a jig, and Antibalas played a woozy mix of funky grooves and Afrobeat that laid claim to the throne of Fela Kuti, the genre's late Nigerian founder.
www.boston.com /ae/events/articles/2004/08/18/the_afrobeat_goes_on   (631 words)

 SoundRoots World Music & Global Culture: Afrobeat Online!
It is called the Afrobeat chronicles vol 2 and it made me go back to pick the earlier one(vol1).
It is the freshest take on afrobeat i've heard in years.
Another new one we're enjoying is Euforquestra's "Explorations in Afrobeat," which marries the rhythms of Afrobeat with the chants of Ifa, the West African / Yoruba religion known for the Orishas (Shango, Ogun, Oshun, Obatala, and the like).
soundroots.org /2005/11/afrobeat-online.html   (1073 words)

 Chicago Afrobeat Project : LA IMC
Interview with Dave and mark of the Chicago Afrobeat Project.
Afrobeat is deeply concerned in social criticism to pave way to social change.
Interview with Mark Thompson and David Glines of the Chicago Afrobeat Project.
la.indymedia.org /news/2006/02/147933.php   (103 words)

 Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra Biography - MusicEmissions.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
Antibalas is the spirit of Afrobeat reincarnated as a hard-hitting collective of musicians in New York City.
The group carries on the soul of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, founder of the unique Afrobeat sound, which unites highlife, jazz, funk, and traditional African elements with unabashed political messages.
Antibalas brings Afrobeat to another level with all new compositions influenced by ska and by their cross-cultural underpinnings.
www.musicemissions.com /features/bios/antibalas.php   (547 words)

 CD Baby: AKOYA: Introducing the Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble
In the style of afrobeat, pioneered and made famous by the late Fela Kuti, a unique mixture of African, Afro-Cuban, Jazz and Funk with driving horn lines, a precision tight rhythm section and politically inspired vocals sung in various African dialects.
It's great to see more people not just keeping Fela's legacy alive, but proving that Afrobeat is a genre with new places to go and things to be righteously angry about.
This is gloriously innovative Afrobeat that nevertheless remains true to the spirit of the Kalakuti Republic.
www.cdbaby.com /cd/akoya?cdbaby=8ab3f738d77a073412055daf20b1dfd3   (462 words)

Since 1998, the Brooklyn-based cooperative ("anti-bullets" or "bulletproof" in Spanish) has carried the Afrobeat torch ignited by the late Nigerian singer and activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.
The band has spread its four-alarm Afrobeat inferno to festivals and world-class venues in over fifteen countries.
Their musical pedigree is equally broad, encompassing jazz, funk, dub, improvised music, and traditional drumming from Cuba and West Africa.
www.billions.com /artists/antibalas   (664 words)

 ::AKOYA Afrobeat ensemble::
With a furious storm of thundering congas and the deep boom of the KALETA drum, the Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble takes to the stage an explosion of dance rhythms.
Their debut CD "Introducing The Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble" has been very well received, as it has been getting regular airplay on radio stations in South Africa, Nigeria, Benin, France, London and Panama, as well as New York's WKCR, WBLS, WBAI, and WFMU.
He is currently a member of Akoya afrobeat, Chin Chin, Kaleta Worldbeat and Organic Grooves.
www.akoyamusic.com /bio.html   (1054 words)

 Various Artists: ASAP: The Afrobeat Sudan Aid Project: Pitchfork Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
The American contingent revolves around New York City's modern Afrobeat orchestras, Antiabalas, Kokolo, and Akoya, and all have donated spectacular tracks for the cause.
Antibalas offers a smoking live version of "Uprising" full of maniacal sax solos and burbling neo-Africa 70 rhythms, while Akoya's "USA" is a striking denouncement of unilateralism with a huge horn arrangement and a great vocal from Kaleta, an Afrobeat veteran who's recorded with both Fela Kuti and Fela's son Femi.
The African artists, most of whom were born in Nigeria and are now based in the U.S., contribute songs in a wide array of styles, most of which are actually less indebted to Fela than their American counterparts.
www.pitchforkmedia.com /record-reviews/comp/afrobeat/asap-sudan-aid-project.shtml   (617 words)

 BBC - World Review - Various Artists, Nu Afrobeat Experience
Most of the recent crop of Afrobeat and Afrobeat-related compilations have concentrated on 70s material with a strong funk influence, and are none the worse for that.
He recently performed a couple of well-received but under-publicised comeback gigs in London, but on the evidence of his showing here on the randb-tinged 'Oriki Olurun', Sholanke's star is on the rise once more.
Already a critical success in the USA, 'Nu Afrobeat Experience' is a must-have for anyone who labours under the illusion that Nigerian music stopped with Fela Kuti's passing.
www.bbc.co.uk /music/world/reviews/varartists_nuafrobeat.shtml   (556 words)

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