VODKA VODKA returns in February. Limited early bird tickets are on sale right now!

Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra 

Thursday, October 28, at the Beachland Ballroom.

The passing of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti in 1997 sparked a wave of renewed interest in the sound, as Fela's politically motivated Nigerian funk movement began to work its way into the sample-based worlds of hip-hop and house music. New York-based multi-instrumentalist Martín Perna took it a step further with his vision of a fully realized Afrobeat ensemble that would tour the world, spreading the unity message that was at the core of Fela's music.

Seven years and three albums later, Perna's crew of "Afrobeat Soldiers" has grown to 13 members (the extended family numbers more than 30) and toured the globe while sharing the stage with the likes of James Brown and the Roots. The Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra brings the politics, backbeat, and heavy brass to the Beachland as part of the Who Is This America? tour.

Speaking of Previews

Latest in Livewire

More by Jeff Wade


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


Staff Pick Events

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert @ Severance Hall

    • Sun., Jan. 20
  • Tinder Live with Lane Moore @ Grog Shop

    • Tue., Jan. 22
  • Stand Up Science with Shane Mauss @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Wed., Jan. 23

© 2019 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation