JUL 20, 2010



Why: Sometimes, cultural appropriation rules. Case in point? Antibalas, the 13-strong New York ensemble that mold Afrobeat to their own ethnically diverse American specs. They were a natural choice to arrange and perform the score to the Broadway hit Fela!, as Antibalas's sinuously funky, epic jams tap directly into the Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer's transcendent, hypnotic groove sorcery. Swerving leftward with their political agenda, Antibalas liberate bodies with the sort of positive energy that suggests a better, sweatier world is possible. (Neumos, 925 E Pike St, 709-9442. 8 pm, $16, 21+.)

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