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"There’s a fire in Antibalas’ (former) lead singer, Amayo. With his painted face and colorful garb, his presence on stage was magnetic and enchanting. It was as if he was a witch doctor enchanting the audience with his melodies…” - Blurred Culture


Broadway World “Grammy Nominated Singer and Composer AMAYO to Pursue Solo Career” (02/26/2022) >> Link

Live for Live Music “Antibalas Vocalist Duke Amayo Announces Departure” (11/06/2021) >> Link

JAMBANDS “Antibalas Lead Singer Duke Amayo Leaves Band” (11/06/2021) >> Link

NYS MUSIC “Amayo Leaving Antibalas” (11/06/2021) >> Link

JAMBASE “Antibalas Announces Vocalist Duke Amayo’s Departure” (11/05/2021) >> Link

The Wind & Cloud Podcast “Ep. 36: Duke Amayo “Antibalas” – Season 3″ (02/05/2020) >> Link

The Brooklyn Rail: “Amayo: Fist of Flowers” (12/2019) >> Link

Pan African Music: “Antibalas, 20 years of Afrobeat & Kung-Fu Spirit (part 1)” (5/20/2019) >> Link

Pan African Music: “Antibalas, 20 years of Afrobeat & Kung-Fu Spirit (part 2)” (5/20/2019) >> Link

The Poke Around: “Looking Back: That time Antibalas’ Amayo became a US Citizen and then performed at Floydfest Eight” (6/19/2019) >> Link

Blurred Culture: “Amayo of Antibalas is a Captivating Force on Stage” (10/29/2017) >> Link


GRAMMY.com “Meet The First-Time Grammy Nominee: Antibalas Talks ‘Fu Chronicles,’ Kung Fu, and their Mission to Spread Afrobeat” (2/17/2021) >> Link

GRAMMY.com “Antibalas’: Meet The First-Time Grammy Nominee (Video with Amayo)” (2/17/2021) >> Link

African Vibes: “Check Out the African Grammy Nominees” (12/12/2020) >> Link

RELIX: “Dojo Risin’: Amayo, Antibalas, Music and the Martial Arts” (06/01/2020) >> Link

NPR “Antibalas’ Fu Chronicles Is A Martial Arts-Inspired Testament to Afrobeat” (2/08/2020) >> Link

RELIX Album Review: Fu Chronicles (3/6/2020) >> Link

OkayAfrica: “Watch Antibalas’ Striking Video for Fight Am Finish” (2/18/2020) >> Link

BrooklynVegan ‘Antibalas Releasing ‘Fu Chronicles’, Touring Stream ‘Fight Am Finish’) (11/19/2019) >> Link

KCRW “Today’s Top Tune: Antibalas “Fight Am Finish” (12/27/2019) >> Link

Soundcheck “The Mighty Relentless Groove of the Funky, Afrobeat band Antibalas (2/14/2020) >> Link

WNYC New Sounds “Antibalas, Live in Studio (2/06/2020) >> Link

PASTE “Antibalas Live at Paste Studio NYC”  (2/0102020) >> Link

CLASH “Antibalas Announces New Album ‘Fu Chronicles” (11/21/2019) >> Link

The Brooklyn Rail “Amayo: Fist of Flowers” (12/12/2020) >> Link

The Miami New Times “The Rhthym Foundation Hosts Afrobeat Band Antibalas” (1/22/2020) >> Link

Live for Live Music “Antibalas Releases new album Fu Chronicles“ (2/7/2020) >> Link

JAMBANDS “Antibalas announces new album Fu Chronicles, Set Winter Tour Dates” (12/2/2020)  >> Link

GlideMagazine “Antibalas Gives Vibrant Display of Spirit & Soul on ‘Fu Chronicles’” (2/6/2020) >> Link

Pan African Music “Kung Fu & Afrobeat Collide on ‘Lai Lai,’ from Antibalas’ Fu Chronicles (2/4/2020) >> Link

BroadwayWorld “Antibalas to release new album Fu Chronicles“ (11/20/2019) >> Link

48 Hills “As Afrobeat heroes Antibalas arrive, recalling a classic track (2/10/2020) >> Link

FIP: “Les Chronique Kung-Fu d’Antibalas” (2/5/2020) >> Link

Les Oreilles Curieuses: Antibalas – Fu Chronicles (2/15/2020) >> Link

NeoPrisme Antibals x Duke Amayo – Fu Chronicles (2/17/2020) >> Link

Dig Boston “Antibalas makes Investment with Music and Culture ” Interview / concert preview (3/11/2020) >> Link

Oregon Public Broadcasting “Monday Mix: Sunbathe, Antibalas.. And Leon Bridges” (1/13/2020) >> Link

GratefulWeb “Antibalas Set to release new album ‘Fu Chronicles’” (2/07/2020) >> Link

Come To Life Media: Antibalas Bridging Culture Through Music (3/20/2020) >> Link


WNYC: Soundcheck “The Infections Groove of NYC’s Antibalas…” (9/21/2017) >> Link

WNYC: Takeaway Show “Afro-beat band Antibalas searches for the Rhythm of Change” (9/13/2017) >> Link

Chicago Reader: Afrobeat innovators Antibalas end a five-year silence with Where the Gods Are in Peace” (9/28/2017) >> Link`

Detroit Metro Times: “Afrobeat descendants Antibalas to play Otus Supply in Ferndale” (9/27/2017) >> Link

The Music (Australia) Album review (9/13/2017) >> Link

Exclaim (Canada) “Antibalas Avoid Trump to Make Timeless Political Points” (9/13/2017) >> Link

Winnipeg Free Press: (Canada) Album review (10/3/2017) >> Link

The Rapidian (Grand Rapids, MI) “Antibalas coming to Founders Brewing ” Interview / concert preview (9/26/2017) >> Link

Drowned in Sound: Album review (9/13/2017) >> Link


Bullseye with Jesse Thorn >> Interview >> Link

KEXP >> Song of the Day: >> Link

NY Times >> Feature >> Link

Details >> Review >> Link

KCRW >> Morning Becomes Eclectic >> Link

BBC Music >> Review>> Link

Wall Street Journal >> Feature >> Link

NPR >> World Cafe >> Link

Pitchfork >> Review >> Link

LA Times >> Album Review >> Link

LA Times >> Live Review >> Link

New Yorker >> Preview >> Link 1

Relix >> Review >> Link 1 Link 2

Pitchfork >> Tracks >> Link

The Guardian >> New Music >> Link

The Atlantic >> Entertainment >> Link

Rolling Stone Magazine >> Premiere >> Link

Mother Jones >> Review >> Link

National Geographic >> World Music >> Link

The imported goods >> News>> Link

Billboard >> News >> Link

New Yorker >> Music >> Link

The Village Voice >> Music >> Link

Masquecine (Spain) >> Interview >> Link (en español)

Press Quotes

“Top 12 Musicians With World-Changing Positions.” – The Economist

“[Duke] Ellington uses his remarkable abilities to dispel any lazy presumptions about genre and race.
  [Duke] Amayo carries on that mission.” – The Village Voice

“A raucous, joyous celebration of Afrobeat.” – Rolling Stone Magazine

“Lead Singer Amayo channels Fela Kuti.” – PRI’s the World

“One of the few American bands that I fear.” – Questlove

“Wasn’t that brother James Brown preaching up a bodacious erotic sermon? (Actually it was Amayo, Antibalas’ charismatic dreadlocked lead singer-conguero, inviting the audience to rip off its clothes.)” – Los Angeles Times

“[Amayo] has been credited with introducing Afrobeat to a global audience.” – Soundcheck, WNYC

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