ANTIBALAS Talkatif (Ninja Tune) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
However derivative the Antibalas sound was of Fela Kuti's Afrobeat barrage, there was something heart-warming about a bunch of Brooklynites trying to build on the late Nigerian overlord's awesome legacy. At best, their previous recordings came off like spirited facsimiles of Africa 70 jams, but with Talkatif they've progressed to the point where they're now creating music that could pass for unreleased Fela session outtakes circa 75, which is actually quite an accomplishment. While Antibalas are not yet on to their own thing, Talkatif is past the point of reverent recreation, and the percussion-heavy 16-piece ensemble roar with authority. Antibalas play the Exclaim! Anniversary Party at Lee's Palace April 6.