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Antibalas: Talkatif

Read "Talkatif" reviewed by AAJ Staff

In the aftermath of Fela Kuti's highlife/jazz/funk invention called Afro-beat, few groups have come close to the freshness, energy, and poignancy of his work. One reason is logistical: it can be hard to keep a large group together long enough to develop a coherent voice. Another reason is the cultural barrier that can prevent Western musicians from penetrating the inherently African sound of Fela's music. Finally, it seems impossible to build a critical mass without invoking some sort of collectivist ...