Based out of Brooklyn, the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra has straight-up hijacked the boogie from the Bronx. And while this 14-strong orchestra rolls in the tradition of Fela Kuti, its one-of-a-kind, hip-breaking descargas are also informed by Latin jazz, funk, classical music, soul, and an undeniably Afro-Cuban approach to horns.
It's a musical mezcla that fuels the fire of the big band's sound, and incites all-out frenzies on the dance floor whenever this troop takes the stage for one of its now-legendary live sets.
Also playing next Saturday night's installment of the Heineken TransAtlantic Festival at the Bandshell is none other than Miami's very own Cleaveland Jones, whose samba- and tropicalia-inspired tuneage seems like the perfect balance for the fury of Antibalas.
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Antibalas with Cleaveland Jones. Saturday, April 30. North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $20 in advance via fla.vor.us or $25 at the door. Call 305-672-5202 or visit transatlanticfestival.com.