Here's some good news for any readers of this blog who happen to be fans of Afrobeat music. Antibalas has just released a new EP called Government Magic (available only at their website and their live performances). All of the songs on this EP reaffirm my love for these guys along with the fact that they just keep getting better and better as a unit. In case you're wondering, the types of magic that they're attributing to government in the title track are anything but benevolent, as the following excerpts should make fairly clear:
Take a coin from your hand, make it disappear.
How it done?
He make magic.
... Keep you in his magic trance
Make you jump and shake with fear...
If you're not familiar with Antibalas or Afrobeat, here are a couple of links to check out. Click here to see the Wikipedia entry about Afrobeat music, and click here to read a short little article about Antibalas written by yours truly.