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Afrobeat from Antibalas: Lead Singer Amayo Channels Fela Kuti


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Amayo, as he is known, is lead singer for the New York Afrobeat band Antibalas.

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He got his first exposure to the thrill of Afrobeat at the source: In the famous Shrine nightclub of Nigerian Afrobeat king Fela Kuti.

Amayo and his bandmates in Antibalas have just come out with their latest release.

And it's chock-a-block with that spirit and sound of Fela.

"I think Fela was an amazing dancer," says Amayo, sharing his thoughts about channeling Fela Kuti on stage.

"For me, being a movement buff, it's his movements that first attracted me. And movements can express words. You can make your words more effective if you have a movement attached to it. So, if I'm trying to delve into the spirit of Fela, I'm trying to be true to the movement of the word.