Friday, October 22, 2004

Quote & Music of the day -- 10/22/04

"War prosperity is like the prosperity that an earthquake or a plague brings. The earthquake means good business for construction workers, and cholera improves the business of physicians, pharmacists, and undertakers; but no one has for that reason yet sought to celebrate earthquakes and cholera as stimulators of the productive forces in the general interest." -- Ludwig von Mises

Antibalas - Who Is This America?
If you're a fan of Fela Kuti and Afrobeat music in general, this is a group that you must check out. Lush and seductive percussion work, funky keyboard grooves, and a fiery and infectious horn section are what this group is all about. I'm sure that many would find their music to be as addictive as any choice narcotic, as I have a hard time going even a few days without wanting yet another fix of these guys.

While the instumentation is fabulous, the vocals provided by lead singer Amayo are also catchy and reminiscient of Fela's style. Many of the lyrics are steeped with political and social commentary, some of which seems too left-oriented despite some great criticisms of both war and corporatism. The third song on the album, "Indictment", is probably my favorite, combining indictments of the Bush administration with some of the most gloriously taint horn work I've ever heard. Cheers to University of Michigan alum Stuart Bogie for writing such a fine piece!

As great as this album is, I keep hearing about how amazing their live shows are. I'll finally get to experience their musical love first hand tomorrow night when I see them at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor.


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