The Brooklyn-based music collective Antibalas celebrates its 12th year together with two releases in the summer of 2010, as well as a week-long tour including a West Coast run supported by The Sway Machinery and East Coast dates in Philadelphia and New York City.
The first release comes from the group's newly-formed Exactamundo imprint. Rat Race/Se Chiflo is a 12" limited edition vinyl pressing of two of the band's hottest live songs. Produced by Victor Axelrod (Dap-Kings, Dub Side of the Moon, Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse), "Rat Race" is a fierce, driving interpretation of the Bob Marley classic, while "Se Chiflo" (translation: "Everything's Gone Mad") is a swinging, Spanish critique of the absurdity of the recent global financial crises, featuring vocals by Marcos García (Chico Mann).
On August 17th, 2010 Antibalas will also celebrate the re-release of the 2004 critically acclaimed album Who Is This America? on Ropeadope Records. Recorded and produced by Antibalas and Bosco Mann (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Amy Winehouse) at Daptone Records' "House of Soul" Studios in Brooklyn, the politically-charged album features nearly 80 minutes of afrobeat epics with many contributions from Antibalas's extended family, including members of the Dap-Kings as well as TV on the Radio front-man Tunde Adebimpe.
In July, the group will kick off a weeklong tour of the West Coast, featuring an appearance at Reggae on the River in northern California. The Sway Machinery will support the West Coast leg of the tour.
ANTIBALAS TOUR DATES
Wed, July 14 - San Diego, CA - Casbah*
Thu, July 15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex*
Fri, July 16 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall*
Sat, July 17 - Garberville, CA - Reggae on the River
Mon, July 19 - Portland, Or - Berbati’s Pan*
Tue, July 20 - Seattle, WA - Neumos*
Thu, July 22 - New York City - River to River Festival, Castle Clinton
Thu, July 29 - Philadelphia, PA - Kimmel Center, Perelman Theater
*With the Sway Machinery