Brooklyn-based Afrobeat outfit Antibalas has released a new single to appear on their forthcoming studio album, Fu Chronicles, due out February 7th via Daptone Records. Titled, “Amenawon”, the new recording delivers an energizing listening experience with rich musical tones coming in from all directions and an inspiring vocal performance from singer Duke Amayo.
The forthcoming studio album comes on the heels of the band’s extensive 20th-anniversary celebrations this past year.
“Amenawon” chugs along with the constant sound of a shaker acting as the track’s metronome while Amayo belts out a vibrant mix of lyrics that translate to, “May the water you will drink, not pass you by.” The increasing presence of horns throughout the song’s 8:17 minute runtime helps to give the recording some added shine. “Amenawon” is the second single released from the forthcoming album following “Fight Am Finish”.
Listen to “Amenawon” below.
Antibalas – “Amenawon”
Antibalas will begin its 2020 winter tour in support of Fu Chronicles early next month with a performance at The Siren in San Luis Obispo, CA. The tour will keep the band on the road until mid-April with scheduled stops at venues across North America including The Independent in San Francisco, CA (2/16); two nights at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY (3/20-21); and two nights at Lee’s Place in Toronto, ON (4/10-11).
Head to the band’s website for album pre-order info and concert tickets.