A conversation with Amayo
, the lead singer and percussionist for Antibalas
— a New York City band that has led the international revival of Afrobeat in the likeness of Fela Kuti's Africa 70 band. A second-wave ensemble that formed in 1998, Antibalas combines elements of Funk, Jazz, Cuban and West African music, along with spontaneous grooves and chanted vocals. Amayo invited us into his Brooklyn home to talk about the future of Afrobeat music, his upcoming solo debut album and the suggestion that he might just be the living embodiment of Fela Kuti. He also performed a new song for us that will be featured on a future solo release.
Big thanks to Ariana Hellerman of Ariana's List
(a wonderful resource of free cultural events in NYC) for introducing us to Amayo. We appreciate you!