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Barbican announces Antibalas: Respect to Aretha

Antibalas in a line in front of a corrugated iron fence

Antibalas: Respect to Aretha
Featuring Bettye LaVette, Alice Russell, Zara McFarlane and further special guest artists tba  

Thu 12 Sep 2019, Barbican Hall, 8pm 
Tickets £20 – 30 plus booking fee 

Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas and special guest artists including American soul icon Bettye LaVette, British soul singer Alice Russell and British jazz/soul singer-songwriter Zara McFarlane will honour the legacy of the ‘Queen of Soul’, Aretha Franklin, with a concert at the Barbican on 12 September 2019, featuring Franklin’s classic and timeless music.

Formed in 1998, Brooklyn-based music collective Antibalas (Spanish for "bulletproof") is modelled on Fela Kuti’s band Africa 70 and Eddie Palmieri’s Harlem River Drive Orchestra. Primarily recognised for their fluency in Afrobeat and funk music, the band is also known for their collaborations with a diverse range of artists including Angélique Kidjo, Jovanotti, Medeski Martin & Wood and Public Enemy. They also served as the house band at Carnegie Hall as part of the venue’s annual tribute series in 2014 (Music of Paul Simon), 2015 (Music of David Byrne & Talking Heads) and 2017 (Music of Aretha Franklin); and from 2007-2012 members of Antibalas participated in the Tony-Award winning Broadway musical FELA!. Antibalas have recorded six studio albums to date on the Daptone, Ninja Tune, Anti and Ropeadope labels as well as a number of singles and EPs. A new album is scheduled for September 2019.

Produced by the Barbican in association with Philharmonie de Paris
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